What are some signs of infantile behavior?


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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
Crying or whining in inappropriate situations can be one way of displaying infantile behavior. Unless the crying is taking place due to genuine sadness, stress or emotional turmoil, it could be a shout for attention. The person may not have close relationships or could feel lost when they are not at the center of the action. This is a trait often seen in those who were spoilt or mollycoddled by parents.
  • Causing or encouraging confrontational situations
Infantile behavior could come in the form of an individual pursuing a confrontational situation, simply to cause trouble or gain entertainment. Alternatively, they may be looking to delegate their own blame. Rather than looking for a way to solve a problematic situation, they look for confrontation without a view to improve.

  • 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.

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