What are the characteristics of a difficult temperament?

What are the characteristics of a difficult temperament?

Some youngsters (about 10-20% of all children) are born with "difficult temperaments." High, frequently impulsive activity level; excessive sensitivity to sensory input; overwhelmed by changes in routines and new experiences; passionate, inflexible reactions; quickly distracted or very concentrated; sluggish adaptation to change are all traits. These characteristics are not due to illness; rather, they are part of normal human variation.

Children with difficult temperaments often get attention from their parents. If you are putting up with behavior problems at home, it may be because you need to focus on something else about your child's upbringing. Consider whether these behaviors are appropriate for your child's age and stage in development. Also think about whether you are giving your child the love he or she needs from other adults in his or her life.

If you believe that your child has a difficult temperament, don't feel bad about it. That doesn't make him or her any less important or worthy than others who may be treated as if they have perfect tempers even though they don't. Knowing about your child's personality type can help you cope with his or her behaviors when they are inappropriate or annoying for others to hear. It can also help him or her develop appropriate ways to deal with emotions.

The best way to understand your child's difficult temperament is by talking to others who know him or her well.

How do temperamental traits contribute to personality development?

The CDI's child development study has found nine temperamental qualities that may lead to a kid's personality development being tough or challenging: degree of activity (how active the child is generally). Easily distracted (degree of concentration and paying attention when the child is not particularly interested). Not fussy (won't eat anything except food from home). Non-compliant (will not do what you ask of him/her). Occasional stinker (will sometimes do something wrong). Sensitive (throws off balance by changes in sound, touch, smell). Sleepy (tends to need a lot of sleep). Tantrummer (has sudden outbursts of anger).

These qualities are not the only factors involved in shaping how our kids develop their personalities, but they do play an important role. It is thought that if a child displays several of these traits at once, then their personality will be influenced by them.

For example, if a baby shows signs of being easily distracted while also being non-compliant, then he/she is going to have a difficult time learning how to take care of themselves. They won't know how to use their attention well enough to focus on one thing for long enough to learn it, so they won't learn any skills very well, if at all.

What is an easy temperament?

Regular body functions, a positive approach to new situations, flexibility, a pleasant mood, and a non-intense reaction to stimuli describe an easy temperament. These youngsters are relatively simple to raise since they respond well to diverse child-rearing approaches. They are not afraid of new things and do not show intense reactions to stressors.

Easy children are popular because they display few negative behaviors and they are usually not difficult to manage. They do not cause problems for their parents or others since they are not inclined to act out aggressively or violate rules.

Easy children are tolerant of those around them and have little desire to play alone. They do not hold grudges and are not jealous. They do not engage in excessive activity nor do they prefer rest over work. Physical exercise does not appeal to them and they would rather read a book than play sports.

Easy children get along with adults and other children alike. They do not hold back when playing with others of any age and they are not scared of getting hurt. When confronted with a problem, they can quickly identify the root cause and develop a plan of action to resolve it.

Easy children do not worry about living conditions or financial matters and they do not fuss over small injuries. They do not like conflict but instead try to find solutions that will not harm anyone involved.

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Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders is a psychologist. He loves to help people understand themselves better, and how they can grow. His approach to psychology is both scientific and humanistic. Richard has been working in the field for over 8 years now, and he's never going to stop learning about people's behaviors and their struggles in this world in order to help them get over their problems.

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