Try not to lie, try it

Universally regarded as wrong, just plain wrong, lying is in fact one of the strands in the fabric of our lives. Every day. Study after study proves it.

Lying expert, yes lying expert, Bella DePaulo,Ph.D., has conducted a number of these studies. One of them reported on back 1996 found that college students admitted to lying at least twice a day. Local residents admitted to one lie a day. This study determined more lies are told during phone calls and 70 percent of the liars would tell their lies again.

Now the lies being told are often white lies or exaggerations, but still…

We all lie right? Yes. Be honest (that’s a joke). Do you like every meal your wife cooks for you. Does your husband’s bald spot really not look that bad? It your child’s hand-painted ceramic really the “prettiest thing you’ve ever seen?” Go ahead, answer any of these things truthfully and see where it gets you.

A study conducted by the University of San Diego and University of Toronto found that virtually all parents lie to their children. Parents espouse honesty at every turn, yet use lies to “help” their children. Think about your parents and some of the whoppers they told you. I believe I recall being told something about a tooth fairy and a little egg-toting bunny rabbit. Turns out, all lies.

Here’s a plethora of good info and links on lying. Don’t feel so bad about the “shades of truth” you told today. One researcher found that people lie anywhere from 1 to 6 times per hour, yes, per hour! Women often lie to protect others. Men lie to promote themselves. I would never do that, of course.

About Christopher Metcalf - Author

Christopher Metcalf is the author of Lance Priest / Preacher novels. Lance "Preacher" Priest is a spy, a killer, a human chameleon. He is the CIA's perfect weapon who lives by one simple rule -- there are no rules. Spies and Lies is a blog dedicated to espionage, the art and science of lying and occasional creative writing.
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