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How Often Do People Lie, And Why?

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 15   |   Comments: 0

Do you tell white lies sometimes to your friends and family? Oh c'mon, just admit it. You may not have lied yet today but how about yesterday and maybe later, you will lie again. Telling white lies is an integral part of our life. A white lie is completely meaningless. It can avoid conflicts, avoid hurting somebody's feelings and even just avoid further explanations about something. But whether it's a white lie or a regular lie it still means telling an untruth.

There are a few different types of lies. White lies, bold faced lies and lies of omission. White lies are well- intended polite lies, that are actually oftenbeneficial. Bold faced lies are complete denials of the truth even in the face of proven evidence. People are most often arrested and charged of using bold faced lies. A lie of omission is a type of passive lie, which involces a person telling something, but not the whole truth, and which leads the other person to a misconception. Thus, it allows you to believe something that is false by not telling you something that would inform you of the entire truth.

But why do people tell lies? How helpful is it to everybody? What can I do to avoid telling lies?

There are several reasons why people lie. The reasons include to protect other people's feelings, to avoid conflict, to avoid rejection, to escape from punishment and to save a relationship. However, the most common reason why people tell lies is the people around them not knowing the truth for some reason. Whatever may be the actual intention of the person of telling lies, the result is still the same: he or she is not telling the truth.

Researchers agree that people lie regularly, that this is common in our everyday life, and some researchers claim that people tell around 2 or 3 lies in every 10 minutes. According to Robert Feldman, a University of Massachusetts psychologist, telling lies is helpful in society. However, telling lies is also a form of deception and - one can say - immorality. Interestingly,  this interpretation was contradicted by some researchers, whose studies showed that people who tell lies fresquently are friendlier than people who often tell the truth.

Lying is normally a behavior that is adopted during our childhood. Most often parents would encourage their children not to fib, however deception is being used at home first. Experts believe that there is no difference between big lies and small lies.  Telling something good to somebody to make that person feel better, yet if it is untruthful, it may be harmless, however, it still has an effect. The bottom line here is, a lie is a lie. Even when you just want to please somebody by not telling the truth, still you are deceiving.

Telling white lies can be helpful but sometimes the truth can create annoyance and pain. But what is more painful is if we find out that all the nice things that we heard and believed from somebody are total lies. Well, there is a saying that if lies have speed, the truth has endurance.

Therefore, lying can take care of the present situation but in the end it has no place. The truth will always come to the surface, because the truth is mighty and shall prevail.

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