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Becoming a Person
Becoming a person
RomHarré and ChristinaE.Erneling

A child has hurt himself and he cries; and then the adults talk to him and teach him exclamations and, later, sentences. They teach the child new pain-behaviour. (Wittgenstein, 1953 § 244)

Nothing could be more obvious than the differences between newborn human beings and mature adults. Human infants are more helpless than the young of most other animals, yet under normal circumstances and within a few years, the infant has acquired its native language, a remarkable ability to deal with its environment and a complex set of beliefs about both the physical and social world and other people. The child has developed both physically and psychologically. It has become a person.

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