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Psychologists from the University of Washington have conducted studies that have proven that children easily pick up non-verbal cues and adopt the social prejudices of their parents.
It makes no sense in words to stand up for equal respect for everyone, if children see otherwise in your behavior.
The author of the experiment, Allison Skinner and colleagues, studied the behavior of 67 boys and girls four to five years old. They all watched a special video where the main character was talking with two friends. To one, she expressed approval and affection with all her appearance (tone, look, gesture), and the other - rather disdain. After the video, almost the absolute majority of children confessed to the researchers that they liked the "first aunt" more (which the heroine sympathized with according to the script).
Moreover, when psychologists decided to continue the experiment, it turned out that the "sympathy" imposed on children non-verbally also extended to the "friends of friends". That is, kids adopt a preconceived attitude towards a group of people at once. Scientists invited 81 more children of the same age, showed them the same video, and brought “close acquaintances” of women from the video directly to the studio. And again, most of the guys admitted to adults that the most attractive "friend" they thought was the one that "was friends" with the "good first aunt".