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    He should be stopped now! Report him to the police.
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    (Original post by MagnificentFuhrer)
    Yes but that's just what children do, not plan thefts. Planning shows advancement IMHO.
    Lol I know.
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    (Original post by GodspeedGehenna)
    Children at the age of 3-4 are basically going through a conceptual shift in which they develop a theory of mind. This is the age they start being able to pass very simple perspective taking tests. The theft that you described demands quite an advanced level of theory of mind that a child at the age of four would be very unlikely to posess.
    You just saved me a lot of rambling and trying to remember the developmental psychology module, cheers haha!

    What he said.
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    Lets see....

    I have a 5 year old
    I have a 3 year old

    no way would by 3 year old be capable of this type of deception. I mean, he might take a toy (though he's not that way inclined, he doesn't steal) but he wouldn't drop it and pretend he just found it. It simply wouldn't occur to him. No, instead he'd just say "Lydia did it!" (blaming it on his sister, because he ALWAYS says "Lydia did it" for everything he knows he shouldn't have done). That's a fairly standard answer though.

    my 5 year old, possibly would have the capabilities to do this, but I don't think that even she would have been able to at the age of 3, and she is a very intelligent child (she's skipping up a year in school because she's too advanced for the class she's currently in).

    So....I think your friend maybe THINKS he did a fantastically cunning series of thefts when he was 3, but I think perhaps he's recalling his life with rose-tinted spectacles. I expect most adults would have been able to see through his deception with relative ease.

    Perhaps other children weren't quite as perceptive though. Maybe he did manage to steal things from other kids and they didn't notice. Kids aren't very observant.
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    (Original post by GodspeedGehenna)
    Children at the age of 3-4 are basically going through a conceptual shift in which they develop a theory of mind. This is the age they start being able to pass very simple perspective taking tests. The theft that you described demands quite an advanced level of theory of mind that a child at the age of four would be very unlikely to posess.
    I believe the site rules dictate that we should use proper english. Speak English!!!! before I neg yo ass. :rofl::lol:
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    I think it's completely possible that he carried out the actions he described. It's just not very likely that the adults didn't see through it. I used to do it all the time with my brother's toys, but my mum points out that she always knew I was lying. So I had the thought processes involved- "This isn't mine, but I'll take it anyway. Oh no, I'll get in trouble so I'll pretend I didn't take it"- but I wasn't sneaky enough to make it convincing.
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    (Original post by Sir Jonathan)
    I believe the site rules dictate that we should use proper english. Speak English!!!! before I neg yo ass. :rofl::lol:
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