Originally Posted by sovertennis
Although I'm not a psychologist, I'd opine that the vast majority of kids are inherently honest but too often are taught (generally by adults who have some stake, no matter how trivial or misguided, in the kid's activity, eg tennis) to be dishonest. The result is the same: a kid who misses the whole point of playing a sport.
I'm no psychologist either, but I think I disagree. It's the word inherent that you used I have a problem with. I think children are inherently dis-honest and self-centered. It's good parenting that instills the values of honesty and not to be self-centered. Also siblings tend to dish out penalties for acts of dis-honesty and self-centeredness in their own way.