Babies learn to have a sense of humor from their parents

I always thought that the sense of humor was innate to the personality of each one. So I thought: 'How smiling this baby ... he will have inherited it from his parents.' However, scientists say that this is not the case. The sense of humor is not inherited: it is learned.

The doctors Gina Mireault, John Sparrow and Johnson State College, University of New Hampshire, they chose babies between 6 and 12 months. The babies had to participate in the experiment together with their parents. The investigators represented curious and absurd scenes. They looked for the laughter of the parents. What did the babies do? They stared at the scene indifferently and then looked at their parents. When they saw that they were laughing, they began to laugh.

They then tried the same experiment with older children, ages 1 to 3. These children were no longer looking for their parents' referent. They watched the comic situation attentively and began to laugh.

The researchers came to this conclusion: a sense of humor is not inherited, it is learned. So typical laughing babies are not born that way. Neither do those who seem to have a bad temper. Parents have a lot to do with all this. But the stage in which babies begin to form a sense of humor is between 6 and 12 months, a stage in which they look to their parents as a reference when expressing emotions.

Starting at 18 months, babies are already capable of creating their own comic actions, looking for laughter in others.

The question is ... and why then can siblings be so different? Why can one be smiling and charming and another can seem angry all day? The answer, according to experts, is the following: in a good mood you don't inherit, you learn, but temperament is something innate and this enhances or limits the ability to develop what they have learned, depending on their personality, self-esteem and character.

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- From newborn, shows with gestures the different basic emotions. It is essential that they know how to relate emotions to facial expressions.

- From 6 months, uses puppet games and dramatized stories to represent funny scenes. Laugh out loud every time something seems funny.

- Avoid constantly showing your temper when you're angry. Laugh more in front of your son. Remember that between 6 and 12 months you are their great reference.

- Strengthen the bond with your child and helps boost your self-esteem. A good self-esteem favors the sense of humor.

- Personality continues to form until adolescence. Take the opportunity to instill a sense of humor. A serious child can have a sense of humor. It is not incompatible.

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