Boy Meets Woody For The First Time And Won't Let Go

NewsflarePublished: December 7, 2017
Published: December 7, 2017

This two-year-old boy embraced Toy Story's Woody for long minutes as he met him in Disneyland in California. The video, shot on November 21, shows Linkyn unable to let his idol go as they hug.

"When Linkyn saw Woody he was quite excited and wanted to run up to him prior to meeting him," his father wrote online.

"When it was finally his turn, Woody knelt down and Linkyn walked straight up to him and just hugged him," he added.

But why is this so? Why do small children identify themselves to this extent with their beloved cartoon heroes?

Specialists from Japan came to the conclusion that a person begins to love superheroes already from infancy. In addition, babies are able to distinguish between good and evil.

Little children sympathize from early childhood and want to imitate the heroic manifestations of other people. According to scientists, a sense of justice is an inborn feature of all people. For this reason, babies already perceive superheroes.

In the experiment, children were shown cartoons, where one of the characters defended the weak. Kids who are not yet able to talk, still choose a good hero.

Almost every child at some point begins to imitate his favorite character – coming from a book, fairy-tale or animated. What does the desire of children to look like superheroes and what can they teach?

The enthusiasm for superheroes in children usually goes undulating, in several stages. The first occurs at the age of 3-6 years when the child begins to experience an acute sense of childhood helplessness and first confronts with the fear of death. From these to the end of not yet formed anxieties grows a subconscious desire to resemble a strong adult - most often, of course, mom or dad.

Since much more lies beyond the limits of children's opportunities, at this age both boys and girls are attracted to superheroes. Unusual characters with superpowers help to overcome the latent sense of their own impotence and the fear of death. So, almost all superheroes never die even in unthinkable conditions, which calms and inspires faith in a happy outcome, even in a hopeless situation.

The second stage of superhero enthusiasm falls at the age of about 9-11 years when there is identification based on gender. During this period, boys are much more interested in all-powerful characters: they are attracted by strength, dexterity, the ability to protect the weak, to help those who are in trouble. The function of protection is traditionally more in relation to the male role - even in fairy tales, it is precisely the beautiful princesses and knights that need to overcome the hard way to save the Sleeping Beauty or the princess imprisoned in the tower.

This heightened sense of justice, which drives superheroes, can help a child develop empathy, responsiveness, teach him to value mutual assistance and friendship since positive characters usually have a team or partner that he can always rely on.

However, with the example of a superhero, it is easy to explain to a child the need to overcome difficulties: even those characters who receive super-abilities accidentally or simply find some magical artifact, still face challenges every day that require moral and physical stress.d.

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