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>Recent research shows that babies lie from as young as 6 months.

Until now, psychologists had thought the developing brains were not capable of the difficult art of lying until four years old.

Well obviously they did not know of or have any children under 4 years old.

Dr Vasudevi Reddy, of the University of Portsmouth’s psychology department, says she has identified seven categories of deception used between six months and three-years-old.

Infants quickly learnt that using tactics such as fake crying and pretend laughing could win them attention. By eight months, more difficult deceptions became apparent, such as concealing forbidden activities or trying to distract parents’ attention.

By the age of two, toddlers could use far more devious techniques, such as bluffing when threatened with a punishment.

Dr Reddy said: “Fake crying is one of the earliest forms of deception to emerge, and infants use it to get attention even though nothing is wrong. You can tell, as they will then pause while they wait to hear if their mother is responding, before crying again.

This is what we do know from this investigation but this does not preclude deception from a younger age that we have yet to identify.

Kind of gives more credence to those who think Adam’s sin had consequences.

Christianity: All men are intrinsically bad but treat them well anyway.

Both the axioms of Christian belief and the behaviour demanded of its adherents excel the secular humanists.

Categories: children, depravity
  1. DuckMan
    2007 August 12 at 19:11

    >Recent research shows that babies lie from as young as 6 months.Babies lie much earlier than that. There is not much else that they do. Cry, feed, eliminate, lie.Oh, you mean “deceive or attempt to deceive”. Never mind.;)

  2. The CronoLink
    2007 August 14 at 15:14

    >The sole thought that my baby will cry, then stop for a second to hear, then cry again, it’s soooo funny. Thanks for reassuring me I can tease my children as young as 6-months old. XD

  3. Anonymous
    2007 September 5 at 09:19

    I don’t think it’s really deception, if the infant is crying though nothing is really wrong. The crying itself is a communication requesting a certain kind of attention from the caregiver. They are more limited than older children who with speech and other behaviours can get the attention they wish from parents.
    I think any parent realises that their babies fake cry, and when the children are a little older and in the same mood for wanting attention, they will instead act mopey or clingy, or act up causing trouble, or something to get the attention they want. Is it all “deception”? Where do we draw the line? Babies will want attention, and have only a few things they can do to get it.
    But I agree it’s obvious that children do tell lies well before age 4. I have vivid memories myself going back to age 2-3, and in my case I recall not having a full understanding of what was true or false, or the difference between my imagination and the real world, as well as no notion whatsoever that it was wrong to say things that were not true, or even that the other person would know that I was lying. So I believe that even in their actual deceptions there is an innocence in the dishonesty of small children, and try to treat my own gently and accordingly.

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