Called the preoperational stage by Jean Piaget, this is the stage during which the child repeatedly asks “Why?”, and is used to build relationships with the child. The child can’t yet perform the abstract thinking operations. The child has to be able to see what is being talked about, because they do not understand the concepts of logic, betrayal, contemplation, etc. This means that they think literally: if a child is told that they have to go to bed because “night is falling”, they will ask how can the night (literally) fall from the sky. They also see the human characteristics in every object, e. g. the table “is bad” if they accidentally hit it with their foot and it hurts. They also exhibit egocentrism; not to be confused with egoism; that being said, they do not comprehend that the other person has beliefs and the children at this age think that what they think, everybody thinks. There is also a matter of perceptive centration, which causes the children to primarily see what is visually most prominent on someone/something, e. g. if a man has long hair, the child will think he’s a woman.