…while we think of truthfulness as a young child’s paramount virtue, it’s lying that is the more advanced skill. A child who is going to lie must recognize the truth, intellectually conceive of an alternate reality, and be able to convincingly sell that new reality to someone else. Therefore, lying demands both advanced cognitive development and social skills that honesty simply doesn’t require. “It’s a developmental milestone,” Talwar has concluded.
Quote ID: 01006
Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
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