Some common signs of infantile behave are described in detail below. Infantile behavior is a form of behavior that in some way is immature; that is, like that of an infant. Children are expected to display signs of infantile behavior, whilst in adults it can show emotional or developmental problems, perhaps relating to self-esteem and relationships. Those who display infantile behavior show they have not developed (or are not using) thought processes that are developed with experience. They may be looking to be treated like a child once again, in order to delegate responsibility and gain protection.
- Crying or whining
- Causing or encouraging confrontational situations
- Talking about somebody 'behind their back'
Portraying someone in a negative light in a conversation with someone else, whilst acting in a friendly matter to them, is an example of infantile behavior. The individual does not have the maturity to discuss their issues with this person to solve them. Instead, they seek to turn others against them in the hope that they will talk to the person about the issues in question.