Stricter Parents Are Turning Their Children Into Effective Liars

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According to a developmental model of lying conceived by Talwar and her colleagues, children around the age of two begin telling primary lies. These fibs are designed to conceal errant actions but do not take the mind of the interrogating parent into consideration, and are often unconvincing.

By four years of age, secondary lies appear. These are personalized to acknowledge the accuser’s personality, behavior, and mindset, and are more plausible than primary lies. Tertiary lies emerge at the age of seven or eight, which merge lies with facts in order to create believable stories.

The earlier these stages of lying appear, the more likely your child is smarter than the average toddler. Effective lying is a sign of emotional intelligence, a facet of speech and body language that involves a degree of empathetic manipulation, of Machiavellian intuition.

If your children lie, and they lie well, they are likely to grow up to be intelligent and successful. They can separate fact and fiction in their heads better than most.

So fret not, parents – you could have a little creative genius on your hands. You could, of course, also have a tiny supervillain, so tread lightly….



One Comment

  1. Dawn

    August 24, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    This is absolutely ridiculous! My parents where strict and I knew better than to lie because they already knew! This is basically saying “let’s just let the kids do whatever they want”. And people wonder why the youth of today are basically criminals? This is why, because of articles like this making parents second guess themselves, which no one has the right to do.

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