The behavior of the infant is reinforcing for the caregiver the caregiver gains pleasure from smiles etc.
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Contrasts with stated preference.
One study found that this effect occurred even when people knew certain traits didn't describe the people who had talked about them.
Many times, when people tell you about a problem, they just want to be heard.
Regression occurs when a person reverts to the types of behavior that they exhibited at an earlier age.
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They are very vivid because early on the infant can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
In the Freudian tradition, she saw the psychic world of infant and child as filled with primitive and savage conflict, murderous and cannibalistic tendencies.