On The Cognitive Development and Sin Nature of Preoperational Children

WARNING! This post shall be slightly esoteric and highfalutin.

You see, in Life Span lately we have been talking about 4-6 year olds. And how they think. And how their brains work. And I have been thinking (which is generally a good thing). But sometimes it seems as though the field of psychology is bent on removing all trace of a sin nature.

For example, today we were talking about how these kids “prefer personal desires over facts”, or in non psychospeech, lie. According to this idea, when Mom asks Little Kid, “Did you eat the chocolate cake?” and Little Kid says, “No”, Little Kid is not lying. Little Kid may not be trying to hide the fact that s/he ate the chocolate cake, but just saying in her/his own way, “I ate the cake, but I wish I didn’t.”

Is that too much leeway? Are we giving kids too much room for error? What happened to the innate sin nature?

There are numerous examples of this in psychology, and I’m not quite sure what to do with it. The ability to say “no” is apparently a cognitive achievement, and yet I’ve always seen it as a demonstration of the sinful will. What is it?

Yeah, I don’t know.

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4 thoughts on “On The Cognitive Development and Sin Nature of Preoperational Children

  1. Mandy says:

    You had me at highfalutin’.

  2. Mandy says:

    Time for a real comment.

    I think what we forget in the study of children is that they are highly impressionable. If you use leading questions, they are very likely to start to agree with whatever you’re saying.

    So, when asking a child “Is that what you meant?”, it’s not bizarre to think that the kid could agree with you and even imagine that is what he thought.

    Silly science!

  3. denaje says:

    Silly science indeed.

  4. melissa says:

    bah. science.

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