13. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

It starts very young. Indeed, bright kids—those who do better on other academic indicators—are able to start lying at 2 or 3. “Lying is related to intelligence,” explains Dr. Victoria Talwar, an assistant professor at Montreal’s McGill University and a leading expert on children’s lying behavior.

I prefer to think of myself as “creative” as a child. I honestly (really!) thought I was telling the truth sometimes and then one of my parents would say, “Now is that TRUE, or did you just make it up?” and I’d puzzle over that. I had a vivid imagination. I knew I could fly, breathe underwater, that my parents had been replaced by look-alike aliens that were now conducting experiments on my when I was asleep, and that there was nearly always a murderer in the house where I babysat. Shoot, I’d even tell him to go ahead and kill me—get it over with.

And yes, I could lie. Well enough, I’m very sorry to say, to get my siblings in trouble rather than myself. (Sigh. I’m a better girl now. Truly!)

So this news … does this mean I’m a genius or something?

Or maybe I’m making ALL of this up?

Guess I’ll have to read the rest of the article to see what I think. But first, the oboe calls ….

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