Lying in the adolescent period: reasons and guidance for action
Any parent faced with lies of their children. But if at an early age it looked like an innocent game and fantasy, then in adolescence, hiding the truth can have more serious reasons and consequences.
- At the age of 3-4 years children’s thinking is already sufficiently developed, in order to invent unrealistic situations and fantasize. At this age, this behavior is difficult to call fraud, because this is part of the development of the psyche. Kids talk about things that do not correspond to the truth, completely open and without malice, without fear of punishment.
- After 4 years kids already know how to distinguish between what is good and bad. Therefore, violating the prohibitions of parents and others, they can try to cheat and tell a lie, in order to avoid punishment or conviction.
- From 5 to 7 years children are already well aware of the behavior of others. Seeing how adults are telling lies, they imitate others and adopt such behavior on themselves, considering it to be the norm. If a child begins to lie at that age, parents need to explain in a soft or playful way why they can not be deceived, in order to prevent pathological lies at an older age.
- At the age of 13-14 the transition to adulthood begins. By this time, they have clearly formed a picture of the perception of the world and chosen a certain line of behavior in life. In such a difficult period, an incorrectly formed attitude toward honesty can lead to the fact that lies will become part of the lifestyle of a teenager, which can adversely affect the adult life.