Lying Children Will Grow Up To Be Successful Citizens

Did we all already know this … or is it a great leap forward in our understanding? Richard Alleyne writes in the Telegraph:
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Researchers have found that the ability to tell fibs at the age of two is a sign of a fast developing brain and means they are more likely to have successful lives.

They found that the more plausible the lie, the more quick witted they will be in later years and the better their abiliy to think on their feet.

It also means that they have developed “executive function” — the ability to invent a convincing lie by keeping the truth at the back of their mind.

“Parents should not be alarmed if their child tells a fib,” said Dr Kang Lee, director of the Institute of Child Study at Toronto Universit who carried out the research.

“Almost all children lie. Those who have better cognitive development lie better because they can cover up their tracks. They may make bankers in later life.”

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  • HalfLife178888

    What would Kant say about this?

    • ET

      “I Kant tell a lie”

  • 5by5

    This presumes that I actually WANT my child to grow up and become a douchey CEO.

    Not so much. My dream for them would be that they'd be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

  • justagirl

    on another note, a child who HAS to lie in order to obtain happiness in a miserable home may grow to despise lying and even “fibbing” as a grown adult because he or she is painfully liberated from it. this one might also be the wiser to others who lie.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Weird, I always thought it was a tragedy that I learned that whether or not someone believes you has nothing to do with whether or not you are telling the truth at a young age. I guess it just made me a more successful citizen!

    Hurrah.

  • Andrew

    This proves children are innately immoral and are only civilized by the Rod spoken of in the Bible.

    http://disinfo.com/2010/05/babies-display-s

    • Anarchy Pony

      Not really, childrens’ mind are simply blank in a cultural sense, because cultural things are learned and not instinctual. It is why children need to be educated culturally and intellectually, because morals and values are not inherent, they are learned and adaptive to be able to change when needed. Cultures evolve like physical morphology, but faster and can change within a lifespan rather than over multiple generations.

  • Anonymous

    Lying is a largely selfish act, usually used to deflect responsibility for one’s actions. Dishonesty, without personal reality checks, becomes the norm. Whatever is considered “normal”, tends to self absolution and therefore self-delusion. Meanwhile, the consequences begin to fester, like a disease that only “other people” contract. Through this process, personal shame can be transfered to others and the cycle continues.
    People who practice actual honesty and integrity become an enemy to the status quo. Rational thinking goes the way of the Dodo bird and society stabs itself in the heart continuously, bleeding.

    “Times are gone for honest men, sometimes far too long for snakes” (Soundgarden)
    The snakes will begin to eat each other, when the easy pickins are gone.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Lying is a largely selfish act, usually used to deflect responsibility for one's actions. Dishonesty, without personal reality checks, becomes the norm. Whatever is considered “normal”, tends to self absolution and therefore self-delusion. Meanwhile, the consequences begin to fester, like a disease that only “other people” contract. Through this process, personal shame can be transfered to others and the cycle continues.
    People who practice actual honesty and integrity become an enemy to the status quo. Rational thinking goes the way of the Dodo bird and society stabs itself in the heart continuously, bleeding.

    “times are gone for honest men, sometimes far too long for snakes” (soundgarden)
    The snakes will begin to eat each other, when the easy pickin are gone.

  • Old Soul

    Well the most successful people in modern society are in most ways sociopathic. Our most powerful institutions are corporations, which are functionally sociopathic as well.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Well the most successful people in modern society are in most ways sociopathic. Our most powerful institutions are corporations, which are functionally sociopathic as well.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Not really, childrens’ mind are simply blank in a cultural sense, because cultural things are learned and not instinctual. It is why children need to be educated culturally and intellectually, because morals and values are not inherent, they are learned and adaptive to be able to change when needed. Cultures evolve like physical morphology, but faster and can change within a lifespan rather than over multiple generations.