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egocentric speech

speech in which there is no attempt to exchange thoughts or take into account another person’s point of view. According to Jean Piaget, a child’s use of egocentric speech prevails until the 7th or 8th year of age and then disappears as the child develops social speech geared to others’ needs. According to Lev Vygotsky, however, egocentric speech is in part vocalized social speech geared to solving problems and develops into inner language. See also private speech.

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