The Influence of Simple Remarks From Teachers in Developing Children

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Starting from when we are just babies we learn habits from those around us, we continue do this we grow and start to form our own habits. We learn to walk and talk from our parents, to compete with others from our friends or siblings. But some of our more serious habits can be learned from those we are trying to help us succeed such as our teachers. Starting from preschool and never ending our teachers tell us that we should finish all of our homework and do it right, to make a perfect score on all of our tests but what is the result of this? By growing up with our teachers telling us to be perfect we learn to become perfectionist which can, as Cameron explains, keep up in a never ending circle.(120) With the perfectionist attitude not only is our ability to complete projects affected, but also our censor. Our censor is what Cameron describes as the voice inside of us that comments on everything we do. (11) It is our “Internal Critic.”(Cameron, 11) but it is affected by the habits we pick up. With our teachers telling us to be perfect our censor is morphed into a negative voice that only tells us how bad we are doing, how we could always do better, how we never will be able to be happy with what we accomplish. Starting at an early age teachers need to nurture kids by being aware of the wrong way to critic kids, allow us to avoid a perfectionist mindset by showing us that mistakes are acceptable, encouraging us and helping to form a positive voice for our censor, while also being aware of the medical issues that can come up with being a perfectionist and allowing the formation of our censor to be negative.
Initially when we start school we are carefree and only have the blind enthusiasm to grow up and learn anything possible. Bu...

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...t on how we grow, learn and think about ourselves our teachers having a momentous outcome. Teachers need to be aware of the consequences of their remarks while also encouraging students to accept mistakes. Teachers have the ability to create a perfectionist mindset with just the most insignificant comment. The results of a comment can be catastrophic and be damaging to not only the censor but the child mental ability. Our teachers can either help us grow to become accepting of mistakes and still have the drive to succeed or they can enable the perfectionist mindset and provide a negative change to the voice of a child’s censor.

Works Cited

“Perfectionism.” Psychology Today. N.p., 1991. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. .

Cameron, Julia. The Artist's Way. New York, New York: Penguin Group, 2002. N. pag. Print.
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