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(PSYCHOLOGY) the state of being centred on the self. Though this term may be used to describe adult behaviour it is most theoretically useful in the context of CHILD DEVELOPMENT theory. According to PIAGET and later theorists, the child moves from a state of egocentrism during which experience is in terms of the self with little understanding of the point of view of ‘others’, to a state where the perspective of ‘others’ can be taken into account. This development process is thus seen as crucial to normal SOCIALIZATION, involving the emergence of the ability to predict other's behaviour, to take others into account and to act accordingly



an attitude toward the world marked by a concentration on oneself; an extreme form of egoism. In philosophy, egocentrism leads to solipsism; in ethics, to individualism. In J. Piaget’s genetic psychology, egocentrism characterizes the stage of development of the child between the ages of three and six and dominates his thinking and speech in this stage. The concept of egocentrism is also used in psychopathology and in several schools of depth psychology, including that of A. Adler.

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In addition, the child's egocentrism will cause continued need to validate his or her own thoughts (Tribe, 1982).
The task is clear: assist the learner in moving from the lack of awareness, which is egocentrism, to a place of greater awareness of the self and world.
Identity development and perceived parental behavior as sources of adolescent egocentrism.
The feedback from peers helps the child to overcome the limitations of egocentrism and egocentric thought.
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The goal of psychological treatment of violent people is to teach them to verbalize thoughts and feelings instead of acting on them, predict long-term consequences of personal actions, avoid egocentrism and feel empathy for victims.
Identity development and perceived parental behavior as a source of adolescent egocentrism.
Toddlers typically will focus on their own needs and wants; egocentrism is a natural and necessary stage of development.
Video sequences of Elkind interacting with children illustrate critical concepts such as object permanence, egocentrism and conservation of volume.
In the present study, Elkind's (1967) theory of adolescent egocentrism is critically evaluated.
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