Psychologists have described, than the belief in Santa Claus dangerous for children

Faith in Santa Claus, Santa Claus or any other character whose image is inextricably linked with new year’s celebrations in different countries is seen by many as an integral part of childhood. However, researchers representing the University of Exeter, believe that children’s belief in a miracle can continue to cause the child harm.


According to scientists, when parents convince children of the reality of Santa Claus, they are driven, including, and hidden selfish motives — often adults themselves in the depths of the soul dream to return to childhood and feel the echo of the sentiment with which they greeted the New year many years ago. About it, according to scientists, is the fact that among the people, long into adulthood, have become increasingly popular science fiction movies and books, as well as works in the fantasy genre.

Returning to the question about whether or not to cheat their children, claiming that Santa Claus exists, researchers are asked to consider that in the eyes of the sons and daughters of parents, at least until a certain age, are the bearers of truth and wisdom. If a child learns the truth about Santa Claus before it is ready, it will undermine his trust to your parents and make you doubt others, really smart words and advice. It is particularly unpleasant to the child, it may seem that cheated on him for years.

If a child, on the contrary, will be able to keep the faith in Santa Claus, started to grow up, some stress for him may be the fact that this character is not as harmless as it seems. The fact that the classic North American interpretation of Santa Claus is recording good and bad deeds of children in a special book, and then gives gifts to good children and bad coals. That is, if you think about it, it is a kind of “secret service” watching over everyone and having the right to judge everyone, researchers speculate.

The researchers emphasize that they did not consider fair in relation to their own children the best tactic in all circumstances. For example, explaining what had happened with the deceased pet, sometimes it is really better to say that it got “a special place” than to tell the child about the carbon cycle.

The experts published their study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry.

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