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ERIC Number: ED084571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 8
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"Living Dolls" and the Growth of Self.
Brake, Robert J.
The impact dolls have on children's formation of self-concepts is a relevant area for research by interpersonal communication theorists because dolls are admired objects, external expressions of internal convictions, and everyday objects that provide meaningful experiences for children. The more positive qualities of traditional dolls help children realize role identities, give companionship, and provide ego-ideals. The "living dolls" of today, especially the battery-operated "mini-robots," reduce children to a passive role which impedes children from exercising imagination and having satisfactory fantasy experiences. Children are unable to express their emotions when playing with "living dolls" that talk and walk. Contemporary dolls are sophisticated actualizations of our fear of domination by machines. Today's living dolls, intended for quick sale and discard, also reveal much about the lack of permanence and stability of contemporary society. (EE)
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