Interacting Or Interfering? | Quote 03183
What is crucial about this ability to point is that it demonstrates an understanding, on the part of the very young child, of shared interests and joint attention. The baby has its first inklings of ‘you’, ‘me’, ‘we’, and realizes that he can draw someone’s attention to something he is interested in. This is the first major step towards the development of a ‘theory of mind’, which is basically an understanding of other people’s mental states and that they, too, have beliefs, desires and intentions that underpin their behaviour.
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