Deception In Developmental Psychology

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Deception can be used in two ways, to protect or intentionally hurt someone (Healthofchildren.com, 2015). Using it can either get you into trouble or actually save you. Even though mostly it is viewed as a bad practise, most people still practise deception. It can be defined as deliberate deviation from the truth; making a false belief with the intention to mislead or deceive (Goodman, Luten, Edelstein & Ekman, 2006; Healthofchildren.com, 2015; Lee, 2008). Back in the days deception used to be an investigation in developmental psychology, it was then neglected for nearly half a century (Talwar & Lee, 2002).
Nowadays it has been receiving some great attention from developmental psychologists with a diverse theoretical orientation and research
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Meaning that they are able to differentiate between right and wrong. Even though many a time, they unable to control their urge to do something that is against what they were initially instructed not to do. They are able to self-evaluate their conduct and feel ashamed, and self-criticise whenever they do something wrong (Bussey, 1992).When they are in the early years such as 3, most children find it challenging to be consistent when telling a lie. They are unable to create a false belief in the mind of another person, and that can prove the misunderstanding of belief and false belief of when a child use deception (Talwar & Lee, 2008). Therefore, that is why most children turn to understand deception better depending on their age (Lee, 2013; Talwar & Lee, 2008).
Many a time, we focus on blaming people about their behaving that is regarded as inappropriate, but we fail to consider the factors that lead an individual to behave in that particular way. People are always good in indicating where you made a mistake and make quick judgements, and fail to actually understand what elicited that particular behaviour. As it has been stated earlier on, lying is different based on an individual’s developmental stage, if a child is not cognitively matured in terms of reasoning and convincing, telling a lie can be quiet challenging (Talwar & Lee, 2002; Talwar & Lee,

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