Thanks for the explanations. I am astonished about all children being psychopathic: I guess you mean very young one?


To be fair that term isn't normally used for children due to its pejorative connotations, but I think it is close to the truth. Infants lack not only a moral sense, they also lack an understanding of consequences of their actions. Older children act to gain rewards and avoid punishment. Older children still act for all the above reasons but also to gain approval from authority figures - to be a good boy or a good girl, whatever that takes. The final stage involves internalising moral values, so that "good" and "bad" take on a separate meaning, not just what has positive or negative consequences or what other people think of as good and bad.
These roughly correspond to Kohlberg's stages of moral development:'s_stages_of_moral_development

Stathis Papaioannou
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