Instead, the therapist becomes a “blank slate” onto which the client can project his or her own needs, desires, and beliefs behavioral therapy and the blank slate behaviorism believes you are born with your mind as a blank slate and you learn all your behavior from the environment you live in. For his book, the blank slate: the modern denial of human na- ture, the society for general psychology awarded dr pinker the william james book award for 2003.
Starting around age 3, they found, the children were inclined to share the marbles if they had worked together to retrieve them if one child ended up with three marbles while her partner got just one, she'd share so that they each had two. Children are born as a blank slate” jean-jacques rousseau as our children grow they develop physically and cognitively while physical development is soled based on genes and eating habits of a child, his or her cognitive development is a mental process which according to piaget is a result of biological maturation and environmental experience.
Since tabula rasa states that humans are born with a blank-slate, rousseau uses this to suggest that humans must learn warfare tabula rasa also features in sigmund freud's psychoanalysis freud depicted personality traits as being formed by family dynamics (see oedipus complex) freud's theories imply that humans lack free will, but also that genetic influences on human personality are minimal.
In his 1689 essay concerning human understanding, the philosopher john locke wrote that if we will attentively consider new born children, we shall have little reason to think that they bring many ideas into the world with them. I know i surely don't and have never heard this blank slate theory/statement used by/discussed by the many mothers i have known over my adult lifetime, who gave birth and raised those children born to them yetthis blank slate theory was used decades ago as a 'carrot' to those wishing to adopt and i still see it being used at times in discussions about adopted children.
The blank slate: the modern denial of human nature is a best-selling 2002 book by steven pinker, in which the author makes a case against tabula rasa models in the social sciences, arguing that human behavior is substantially shaped by evolutionary psychological adaptations.