Friday, September 29, 2006

a little babies story

It goes like this:

Long time ago, there were three bears, papa bear, mummy bear, and baby bear. Baby bear went to papa bear and said “papa bear papa bear, can you tell me a story”. Papa bear says long time ago, there were three bears, papa bear, mummy bear, and baby bear. Baby bear went to papa bear and said “papa bear papa bear, can you tell me a story”. Papa bear says long time ago, there were three bears, papa bear, mummy bear, and baby bear. Baby bear went to papa bear and said “papa bear papa bear, can you tell me a story”. Papa bear says…

You can imagine that by now every one listening were tumbling with laughter.

I find it really curious that a two-year-old was able to know humor attached to the way he said it. As I was looking at him (in typical fake psychologist ways), he had mischief all over his face.

I am amazed!

To understand this story (and to be able to communicate it efficiently) needs an understanding of meta communication processes. That is the understanding of how communication by itself works. He needs to understand that the sequence of the story is cyclic, and hence, needs to understand how events in the world are related to a time-order. On top of that you also need to know that a bunch of grown ups think of it a mighty funny.

Amazing right?

2 comments:

Steph said...

Is it also possible that the baby was only sharing the story he knows with no specific intentions?

We know that egocentric thinking is not usually developed for 2-year-old babies in general. So I reckon that the baby most probably did not understand how communication works and how grown ups will find his story funny. He was probably just merely sharing one of his favourite stories.

Turns out, he succeeded in making everyone tumbled into laughter:D.

Aren't babies the sweetest thing?:)

astrorat said...

Dear Steph,

That is possible! i am wondering if the concept of ego centric thought applies universally. This kid sure did seem to look like he was enjoying the story. On top of that, he seemed to know what was 'wrong' with it.

:)Astrorat