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Andrew Klavan on Object Permanence and Playing Peek-a-Boo with Reality

"Object permanence" is the understanding that something continues to exist even if you can't see it. According to the famous psychologist Jean Piaget, learning object permanence is one of a child's most important accomplishments. Babies teach themselves this essential life lesson by playing Peek-a-boo: covering their eyes in order to discover that when they look again, Mommy is still there. By about 18 to 24 months, a psychologically healthy child should come to understand that just because you cover your eyes and refuse to look at something, doesn't mean it actually ceases to exist. If, God forbid, a child does not learn object permanence, she might become a leftist.
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