The phenomenon of lies in childhood: an ambivalent approach



The analysis carried out by the authors captures the ambivalent (dual) approach to the phenomenon of lies, both on the part of society and in the scientific community. In most studies, however, the phenomenon of lies is seen as the most important social competence necessary for successful adaptation in society. As part of the same ambivalent approach, it is found that creativity directly correlates with the phenomenon of lies. Analysis of the phenomenon of lies within the framework of age development showed that lies are positively associated with the development of cognitive and regulatory capabilities of the child. From this point of view, the early manifestations of deception in children are considered to be quite positive.

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Keywords: Phenomenon of lie, ambivalent approach, motives of lie, intellectual-personal development, prosocial behavior, creativity.

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Yurkevich V.S., Emelyanova I.V. The phenomenon of lies in childhood: an ambivalent approach [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2020. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 114–124. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2020090112. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Viktoriya S. Yurkevich, PhD in Psychology, Professor, Chair of Theoretical and Experimental Foundations of Social Psychology, Department of Social Psychology, Head of Resource Center for Giftedness, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina V. Emelyanova, Senior lecturer, Department of Pedagogical Psychology n.a. Professor V.A. Guruzhapov, Faculty of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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