Piaget proposed that children moved from a position of egocentrism to sociocentrism. From birth to the age of 2, toddlers are extremely egocentric. They are unable to the perceive the world from others’ viewpoints.
Essentially, children believe that those who have a different perception than their own are either considered false or nonexistent.
Children from the age of 2 to 7 still exhibits strong egocentrism but gradually weakens.
He noticed there was a gradual progression from intuitive to scientific and socially acceptable responses. Piaget theorized children did this because of the social interaction and the challenge to younger children’s ideas by the ideas of those children who were more advanced.
From age 7 onward, children are able to move away from egocentrism.
WHY did God created us to be egocentric in the first place? Am I assuming egocentrism to be bad in the first place? The paradoxical tension of loving self vs others. Self-care vs selfish. – Parker Palmer.
Egocentrism – innate desire to care for self. vs. innate desire to care for others. – Altruism
I feel that altruism is evident in human nature but less obvious than the evidence of egocentrism. We need to manage our egocentrism with altruism because egocentrism alone can cause us to hurt others. By hinging our egocentrism onto God, we can open and expand our perspective to love and empathize for others. Again, we are faced with a paradoxical tension to balance between egocentrism with altruism.
confusing egocentrism and egotism.
Egocentrism is not only a normal part of development, it’s necessary. All tweens and teens naturally experience some degree of adolescent egocentrism as part of their cognitive development. In turn, being egocentric may support their personality development. Egocentric thinking may encourage adolescents to break away from their family and to form unique identities, a process called individuation. Egocentric thinking encourages individuation through the two elements of egocentrism: the personal fable and the imaginary audience. The personal fable is an adolescent’s belief that he is special and unique. It aids individuation by encouraging the child to think about himself as a separate entity instead of as a member of the family unit. The imaginary audience causes the adolescent to believe that peers are scrutinizing and commenting on his every move. Like the personal fable, this acute self-awareness makes the adolescent focus on himself as a distinct, autonomous being. It also aids individuation by calling attention to social interactions that do not involve the family – even if most of these “interactions” are in the adolescent’s mind! It may not be fun to have an egocentric adolescent in your house. Afterall, who wants to be around someone who thinks he is both extraordinary and being watched? But rest assured that your child’s personality will probably be better for it in the long run. That said, do be aware that problem behaviors may arise from egocentric thinking – including substance use, risk taking, eating disorders and vandalism – and be prepared to intervene if necessary.