1. Repeated and consistent self-assessment can be cultivated by using principles of positive reinforcement. Every time the child asks himself a question that promotes critical thinking of himself and his ideas, I would reward him with one enjoyable activity of his choice. This would effectively increase critical thinking as well as reinforce positive behavior. 2. Thinking through multiple perspectives - I would make the child do exercises daily, such as looking at a person and trying to decipher their thoughts. This repeated exercise over time effectively conditions the child to think through multiple perspectives and helps desensitize the child to people. It teaches the child that the most important thing about a person is the perspective they can bring. This brings me to the next characteristic of a child like Sherlock Holmes; personal life. 2. Personal Life: Sherlock Holmes was the kind of person that did not place much value in material or emotional relationships. Being exposed to a degree of rigidity or coldness from parental/authority figures from a young age can help cultivate this kind of behavior in a child. While initial feelings of resentment may fester in the long run, this kind of conditioning over time can shape the way his mind thinks. This also ties into developing his attitude overall.
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