Treating Children with NCLT
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Children generally view the world more egocentrically than adults and as a result have more difficulty recognizing and accepting the perspectives of others. Children develop perspective taking skills as they develop because they are better able to subsequently correct an initial egocentric interpretation. This introduces a life course interpretation to the development of problems related to poor perspective taking in that it is not a matter of the development of problems but rather it is a problem with the development or lack thereof of the skill of perspective taking. The NCLT model holds that problems related to failure to perspective take are a matter of where people stop in the development of these skills rather than deficiencies in where they start. The NCLT model posits that ongoing egocentric biases among adults are produced by insufficient correction of an automatic moment of egocentrism that occur naturally as part of the child’s development. There are some critical differences between adults and children in how they learn. Basically, the process of learning comes to operate under increasing executive control in the years between middle childhood and early adulthood. Case examples are provided.
KeywordsDevelopment Egocentric Children Executive control Intuition Resilience and decision making
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