How imaginary friends could boost children's development
In the early 19th century, psychologists feared that imaginary friends could be a sign of emotional unstability or psychological problems in children.
But over the last two decades, scientists have learned that invisible friends are really a sign of positive developmental progress.
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Children need socialization to develop a feel for humor. They must understand that they are sharing an experience with another person.
We do this by engaging in eye contact...
Children first need to possess a few basic cognitive skills to communicate jokes, such as imagination, the ability to take a different perspective, and language.
These abilities tend to develop at different rates in children and continue to grow and change throughout adolescence and adulthood.
Most types of humour involve the realisation of contradiction, or a mismatch, between a concept and a situation. In other words, we laugh when things surprise us because they are out of place. Even simple games like peek-a-boo have an element of surprise where someone suddenly appears out of nowhere.
Researchers think that communication is essential for humor and that humor facilitates the process of learning a language.