In Children, Degrees of Guilt Aren't a Bad Thing

via NYTimes, Viktor RoenNYTimes writer John Tierney explores the work of University of Iowa researcher Grazyna Kochanska, who has tracked children for 20 years, exploring concepts like guilt, self-control, appeasement, and atonement on the path to adulthood.

Some children’s temperment makes them prone to guilt and others become more guilt-prone thanks to children and other early influences. Recent learnings found that 2-year-olds who showed more chagrin during the broken-toy experiment went on to have fewer behavioral problems over the next five years. That was true even for the ones who scored low on tests measuring their ability to focus on tasks and suppress strong desires to act impulsively.