Sooner or later most people will want to have children. What are some of the most common psychological reasons leading people to want to have children? What are their motivations and expectations?
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There are many reasons why people want to have children :
- Some want to have children because they hope it can save their declining marriage / relationship
- Some want to have children because they feel instinctively driven towards it
- Some want to have children because they feel they're supposed to
- Some want to have children because they feel they're missing "something" in their lives
- Some want to have children because they want to learn more about themselves
- Some want to have children because they want to learn more about the man or woman they love
Still, I believe most reasons why people want to have children are perfectly captured by this single quote :
Nevertheless, if you ask me, most people have children just as their own enthusiasm about life begins to wane. A child allows us to revisit the excitement we once felt about, well... everything. A generation later, our grandkids bump up our enthusiasm yet again. Reproducing is a kind of booster shot to keep us loving life.
― Chuck Palahniuk, Damned