Why Kids Mimic

Greenberg, Polly
February 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Feb/Mar2004, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p33
The article presents an answer to the question on why kids mimic. The author thinks that a child who is pestering is the result of having power to manipulate the emotions and behavior of another person. Personal power feels good. The reason this is so infuriating to the others is that no one likes their emotions and behavior to be manipulated. Children tease in one form or another and choose to mimic when they feel small and want to feel that they have the upper hand; or when they feel left out and want to be included. INSET: "She's Copying Me!" A Tale of Two Sisters.


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