Ever been around a toddler? Or better yet, tried telling them what they should or shouldn’t do?
We have a running joke in our house. It goes like this, If I tell my 2 year old to go to the bathroom he 100% of the time stubbornly tells me, “I don’t want to go to the bathroom.” Even if he clearly needs to pee. But then my husband or my father-in-law chime in, telling him “Judah can’t go Mom, but I’ll go.” Instantly my son rises up and runs with vengeance to the bathroom screaming, “No, I’ll go potty.”
We attribute this little happening to reverse psychology, but the same principle is also called a paradoxical injunction in psychology and restriction mindset in intuitive eating.Read More