Behavioural experts have found that infants begin to lie from as young as six months. Simple fibs help to train them for more complex deceptions in later life.
Until now, psychologists had thought the developing brains were not capable of the difficult art of lying until four 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.
Hubby’s response to the article sums up my exact thoughts, “like we don’t know this already!” In addition I want to say, “I could have told you that!”
Yeah, it’s really nothing new. Still I guess it’s nice to have in print officially. It could prove to be useful especially when dealing with grandparents. “See mom, they’re not as innocent as you think and it’s not just me saying so. The experts agree!”
Watch this video clip of Little Missy and see for yourself. Her older brother interprets what she wants very well at the end of “the show”.