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Sunday, April 05, 2009

As part of the Envisage 365 project, I take LOTS of pictures. I try to take pictures of everything - mundane, funny, interesting, or simply there when I need to take a picture.

5. No - it can never take the place of a parent/child dialog - as this is where we initially gain all of our cultural clues as to How to communicate to another person. Our very survival depends on being competent at communicating with that primary adult. Now, children in child care have to expand or change some of their coping skills in order to be able to communicate with new adults effectively. I don't think this gives an advantage or disadvantage to the child - it simply is what it is and children are really resilient.

Does is differ between girls and boys? Usually - yes. But not in a dramatic cognitive way - by that I mean that it will differ in content the same way that boys and girls solve problems, which does have some socialized gender based tendencies but rests - I think- more in base personality style. Some of this has to do with gender based differences in our brain development, which is another thing that we have no control over or about.

Officially, it isn't a two way dialogue. BUT ( and here is where the basis of my dissertation rests) - I think it IS a way to broadcast information to peers. Both Vygotsky AND Piaget said that it was only cognitive in nature, whereas I posit that it is also social - it HAS to be social. In fact I think it is the way that children assist each other in the difficult and long journey of learning to communicate with a wide variety of people. I think they drop this when they have gained enough skill as communicators and thinkers to be able to do it without this "scaffold" from one another. And Yes, they are documented to do this much, much more when they are with other people - children in particular. When they isolate in lab situations, children don't self talk nearly at all....which is another reason I think that it has an important social function.

6 Baleful Regards:

Mary said...

When I was a kid, I didn't do much in the way of self-talking - because we were required to be quiet! Mom had a headache, or Dad was asleep (he worked nights), and truly, I just didn't talk at home. It was easier that way.

I talk to myself all the time now when I'm working something out. I talk as I write things down, I talk about what I'm doing and what to try next... I wonder if everyone has to do it, and if you don't get to do it as a kid, you end up doing it as an adult?

Madeleine said...

Photo 1: These are the contents of my head. (see also Annie Lennox, "Why")

Photo 2: Payez, ravitaillez, et Baleful Regards.

Photo 3: Ceci n'est pas une porte.

Photo 6: WTF? That is all.

LipstickOne said...

love the 1st pic!

Dawn said...

Mary - I talk to myself all the time - it used to be a running joke at the center where I was Director to see me in the halls gesturing with my hands and talking way...

I suspect that adults do it to problem solve too - that it helps us line up our ducks, so to speak. I know, for me, that the conversation is generally the same as the one going on inside my head..just out loud.

Bethany said...

I talk to myself so much I don't even realize I'm doing it until someone tells me to shut up.

Ann said...

I used to talk to myself a lot—and still do, but only in private. ("Private" meaning "the bathroom, and only when the water's running so people can't hear"). I used to think I was pretending to make a video.
I've heard people say that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness. Myth debunked!
I would often hear my classmates in school say "I was talking to myself" when the monitor accused them of talking.

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