The analogy is pervasive among his critics: Donald Trump is like a child. Making him the president was like making a 4-year-old the leader of the free world.
But the analogy is profoundly wrong, and it's unfair to children.
Four-year olds care deeply about the truth.
Four-year olds are insatiably curious.
Four-year olds can pay attention.
Four-year olds understand the difference between fantasy and reality.
Four-year olds have an understanding of their own minds and those of others.
Four-year olds are not egocentric or self-centered, and they care about how other people feel and think.
Four-year olds have a strong moral sense.
Four-year olds are sensitive to social norms and think that they and others should obey them.
We'd all be better off if Mr. Trump were more like that.
|"Shut up! My coloring book is the best!"|
From a 5/21/17 NY Times op-ed by Alison Gopnik,
psychology professor at UC Berkeley