At a very young age children learn to scour their parents’ faces for the slightest indication of disapproval, and their ears are acutely attuned to the slightest threat in a tone of voice. When they detect these conditions, they immediately protect themselves, and one of their best defenses is to lie. See the following video: (video no longer available)
This is how we learned to lie. And we’re still doing it for the same reasons.
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