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Difference between Childish behavior and Childlike behavior

childish behavior —(used showing disapproval) behavior characterized by lack of emotional restraint or similar adult qualities:

  • The strategy requires that you not react to her childish behavior. Until she calms down, you don’t respond at all.

childlike behaviorthe kind of behavior more appropriate for a child than an adult:

  • Shana … newly dependent on her mother, reverted to childlike behavior by allowing herself to be taken care of.