The writer Vicente Garrido Genovés was the first to coin this term to define a behavior disorder that occurs in children and adolescents. The tyrant child is the one who has to challenge parents from a very small age . This fact becomes a real problem as the child grows and faces any person who stands between him and his wishes. Although Garrido was the first to name this disorder in his book "The Tyrant Children: Emperor's Syndrome" (2006, Ed.Ariel) the truth is that it was already framed much earlier in the so-called defiant negativist disorder.
Emperor syndrome, a 21st century disorder
It is unthinkable to imagine this type of behavior in children born before the 90s but, at present, we do not need to go very far from our home to see a case of emperor syndrome in children of family or friends. This disorder also called defiant negativist disorder has gone from being a purely anecdotal condition from which the literature has echoed, see in the case of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dhal where this disorder is perfectly identified in the spoiled girl Veruca Salt.
However, it was difficult to find it in everyday life and was not at all tolerated by society. Unlike today. The parents of the late twentieth and twenty-first century have educated their children by making them understand that they can have everything and that their opinions are just as valid as those of adults. At this point it is in which the cause of this syndrome of the emperor can be located. The scientific community agrees that there are no determining genetic causes (at least, in the studies carried out so far) but that the causes of this disorder are psychosocial.
Causes of Emperor syndrome in children
Culophobic educational style: Less quality time available to spend with the children by the parents that is compensated with the coverage of the child's immediate wishes ( overcompensation ]).
Affective deprivation : Children grow up in an environment that provides few possibilities to play or interact with parents .
Although, in theory, it may be due to these causes, the fact is that it can also be given that the hyperexcitability that society has over current parents can lead to them spending too much time with their children not allowing and the smallest learn to manage frustration or getting bored.
How to prevent the Emperor syndrome
Education in values and civic norms is fundamental for the child to be a healthy adult. Also, as we have advanced. The culture of personal effort and respect for others should be the pillars of education.
Education in empathy: The absence of empathy is one of the defining characteristics of Children who have the syndrome of the emperor. When they ask for something, they do it without being aware of the implications or the effort that come with their requests. Faced with this, education in social and emotional skills is fundamental.
Author : Alex Bayorti (collaborator of our Blog)