Mechanism of the formation of the conscience

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The mechanisms of both imitation and incorporation enter into the formation of the conscience. A child's knowledge of behavior is derived from two sources, the “kind object” and the “hated object.” He tends to imitate the activities of the “kind object.” Incorporation deals mostly with “unapproved” relations and behavior. The child works out the possibilities of pleasure and punishment, being itself both subject and object. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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