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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Childish Behavior (Overview)

Childish behavior is any behavior where a person (a child or an adult), acts "babyish" (whining, using baby-talk, being overly dependent).


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How can a person handle living with an autistic person once they are an adult with dramatic childish behavior?

How can a person handle living with an autistic person once they are an adult with dramatic childish behavior?

Discipline him at : His developmental level, not as an adult.Tell him what you want him to do, not what you don't want. He should qualify for ssi & medicaid, especially if he also has intellectual disability. If you have legal guardianship, call your state's mental health/developmental services division for behavioral & social services. Call your state's disability agency (voc rehab) for employment opportunities. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Childish Behavior (Overview)

Childish behavior is any behavior where a person (a child or an adult), acts "babyish" (whining, using baby-talk, being overly dependent).


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My college son and his friends treat parents like crap. Do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

My college son and his friends treat parents like crap. Do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

Individuation: That's the fancy word for a late teen's job...To figure out how to become an individual, often by rejecting some of the opinions and attitudes of one's parents. Tell him you respect his right to express his opinions and you expect him to respect yours. In about 5 years you'll hear words like " thank you.". ...Read more

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What are the 2-3 best meds to get rid of my obsessive compulsive behavior?

What are the 2-3 best meds to get rid of my obsessive compulsive behavior?

Not clear: All of the ssris have been shown to be highly beneficial for treating ocd. Those available in the us are fluoxetine (prozac), sertraline (zoloft), fluvoxamine (luvox), citalopram (celexa), escitalopram (lexapro), and clomipramine (anafranil). Side effects vary, and sometimes one will work and aother won't, so trying several if needed is appropriate. ...Read more

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How can a person handle living with an autistic person once they are an adult with dramatic childish behavior?

Discipline him at : His developmental level, not as an adult.Tell him what you want him to do, not what you don't want. He should qualify for ssi & medicaid, especially if he also has intellectual disability. If you have legal guardianship, call your state's mental health/developmental services division for behavioral & social services. Call your state's disability agency (voc rehab) for employment opportunities. ...Read more

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Am dating online, and they keep playing mind games. Why do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

Bad idea: Never put your trust in someone until you know them well including their background .You are playing with your life. ...Read more

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Why do I have childish behaviors?

Why do I have childish behaviors?

Assertiveness helps: Everyone has room for growth. If people fall back on childish behaviors that are ineffective they may be lacking coping resources (skills) that would be more effective in meeting their needs. Learning more effective alternatives to childish behavior would yield improved results. Increased assertiveness, in particular can help tremendously in allowing people to better stand up for themselves. ...Read more

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Why do I have these childish behaviors at 90?

Why do I have these childish behaviors at 90?

Kudos to you: As long as your behaviors do not cause harm to yourself or others, i think you should keep right on being young at heart.I bet you're a fun grandparent / great-grandparent! ...Read more

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Why do I have the need to date men with childish behaviors?

Why do I have the need to date men with childish behaviors?

Perhaps you: Enjoy an unequal relationship where you have teh upper hand in brains and maturity? But frankly, it may mean you want to avoid the intimacy of an equal relationship where the power games are not either desireable or in bounds. Boys will be boys, but real men want a companion, not a mom or a dominatrix. ...Read more

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Why do I have to deal with these childish behaviors of my spouse at 65?

Why do I have to deal with these childish behaviors of my spouse at 65?

You choose: Starting point: wrong question-you chose this person, the responsibility for your reaction to what you're dealing with is yours, not your spouse's. Next point: what are you calling childish, and what about it bothers you? Could it be projection (disowning of shadow) or judgement rather than fact? Next point: what do you want, why do you want it? Next point: how do you communicate about it? ...Read more

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What are the causes of my child's naughty behavior?

What are the causes of my child's naughty behavior?

Belief system: We do everything for infants when they cry.This sets up a belief system that we are their servant & only exist to please them.When they begin walking we begin to ignore them, since they can get around & play.They don't like it.Acting out is an amplification of crying behavior.They do it to get noticed & get their way.Parents may find it cute & send a smile their way while saying no-this confuses. ...Read more

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