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Of Course the Tooth Fairy's Real: How Parents Lie to Children in the U.S. and China

Of Course the Tooth Fairy's Real: How Parents Lie to Children in the U.S. and China | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

JAN 21, 2013—Almost everyone teaches their children that lying is always wrong. But the vast majority of parents lie to their children in order to get them to behave, according to new research published in the International Journal of Psychology.

 

The study by Gail Heyman of the University of California-San Diego and her colleagues found certain variations but generally similar trends in the way parents from the US and China use the slippery concept of ‘truth’ to their advantage:

 

The percentage of parents who reported lying to their children for the purpose of getting them to behave appropriately was higher in China (98%) than in the U.S. (84%), but rates for other types of lies were similar between the two countries.  A possible explanation for this difference is that Chinese parents are more likely than in the U.S. to demand compliance from their kids, and will go to greater lengths to make it happen. But are there negative side effects? 

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The Psychology Of The Honor System At The Farm Stand : NPR

The Psychology Of The Honor System At The Farm Stand : NPR | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

People like using the honor till at farm stands because being trusted feels good. Still, it's not universal. Even if most people do the right thing, eventually someone is likely to try to take all the money, researchers warn.

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Lying Less Linked to Better Health

Lying Less Linked to Better Health | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Telling the truth when tempted to lie can significantly improve a person’s mental and physical health, according to a “Science of Honesty” study presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention.

 

 

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The cost of consumer fibbing: Can it hurt to tell a little white lie?

The cost of consumer fibbing: Can it hurt to tell a little white lie? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Consumers who tell little white lies to avoid confrontation might find themselves rewarding the people who inconvenienced them, according to a new study.
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