To build a better personality, the tendency to apologize is very important in children.
One of the biggest implications of our study is the need for teachers and parents to actively help children develop their theory of mind skills, explained Kelly Lynn Mulvey, associate professor of psychology at North Carolina State University. Is.
The process of building a better personality is slow and far-reaching. If its foundation is laid from childhood, then very good results are obtained. For this, along with respecting each other's feelings, there is a special importance of forgiveness. Apologizing is a good personality trait. Similarly, forgiving someone is also the hallmark of a good personality. He who has the quality of forgiveness, he is always happy and he does not even have enemies.
Scientists recently conducted a study showing that when children are taught to understand people's perspectives, it may be easier for them to learn how to forgive other people. The study also found that teaching children to apologize sincerely can help them receive forgiveness from others.
Forgiveness is important for establishing better relationships in children and adults and limiting future conflicts, says Kelly Lynn Mulvey, lead author of the study and associate professor of psychology at North Carolina State University. Mulvey and his colleagues included 185 children aged 5 to 14 in this study.
The researchers conducted lengthy conversations with each child and collected background information. The research team assessed the children's "theory of mind" skills. Theory of mind is your ability to understand how different someone else's beliefs, intentions, and desires are from your own. The researchers divided the children into different groups. Three main conclusions were drawn from the study. First, if children have apologized, they are more likely to forgive someone. Second, children are more likely to forgive people "in the group". Third, the more advanced a child's theory of mind skills, the more likely they are to forgive others. Mulvey said that we found that children have a sophisticated ability to forgive others. Children are capable of restoring relationships with others, and are generally interested in doing so. The researchers identified two things that parents and teachers want to explain to children about the importance of forgiveness. This helps children understand how important it is to apologize in a meaningful way.
Mulvey explained that one of the biggest implications of our study is the need for teachers and parents to actively help children develop their theory of mind skills. This helps children understand that apologizing and forgiving creates a better environment and enables them to make people feel better. If children make a mistake, but do not apologize for it and no one forgives the person in front of them even after apologizing, then ego disorder develops in the personality of such people.