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As a child grows and begins to compare, it perceives the adults around it as powerful individuals who are able to do and have things that he is not. They are taller, stronger and have a knowledge of the world which a child perceives as very desirous. Looking at the adults around it, it has no perception of the pasts of those individuals, or what they are likely to achieve in the future, it simply bases its perception on how these people appear now...

With its 'incomplete' perceptive skills, the child gathers information from its environment and begins to assign value to some of the observations that it makes. The value one child places on an aspect of what it perceives is likely to be different from the value assigned to it by another child. Each child's individually unique perceptive ability is what makes this process specific to that child. A child may assign great value for example, to being able to perform a simple task such as washing dishes and may express a desire to help. Whereas an adult might perceive the chore as tedious or unpleasant.

So, a child is used to looking beyond the perceptions of the adults it observes and applying its own unique perception to the way in which it views life. The child can find inspiration in the seemingly uninspirational...

Where these perceptive anomalies begin to assume significance is when the child begins to make decisions based upon these 'incomplete' perceptions which influence its entire life...


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