Imagine a vibrant girl child who comes into the world who learns to walk early and begins their first words. She does well for the first few years of her life and then she finds out that she was born into a society where girls are not equal to boys. I wonder what that realization does to her psyche and to her development.
Another questions comes to mind in thinking about how much we change the way infants think. Are we changing the personalities they came into the world with initially? There are many books that tell us about how we develop our personalities. As an example, Roberts (1994) states: "You form the fabric of your experience though your own beliefs and expectations" (p. 16). If this is true, does an infant begin to form their beliefs and expectations as soon as they are born? Does this affect their cognitive development as well as their physical development? Do we push children to develop in certain ways that are against who they really are? Do we convince infants to adapt rather than to use their instincts positively? If so, then what are we missing from our infants personality because we have the need to make and shape them so