We have all lied at some point in our lives. Whether it was a small, innocent one, or one on a much larger scale. But why do we lie? What are some of the driving psychological reason behind lying?
Listed below are a few reasons people are untruthful:
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1. We fear harm, whether for ourselves or for our loved ones:
When we fear that we or someone dear to us, we lie to save ourselves as it seems like the most logical thing to do. For example, if a person we perceive as harmful ask us for our address, we will obviously lie and give them a fake one.
2. To avoid arguments:
To err is human. We all mess up sometimes, and these mistakes, if known can lead to arguments and conflicts, whether with our parents or partner, or anyone. So sometimes we lie and cover up our mistake so as to avoid conflict.
This incorporates both numbers 1 and 2. If we make a mistake, and fear that is known, we might get punished, we lie to save ourselves from the punishment.
4. We are terrified of rejection:
Rejection is a very hard thing to deal with, as when we are rejected by someone or something, our egos take a serious blow, and our self confidence plummets down. So sometimes we boast about ourselves and exaggerate our talents to appear more likable and thus more acceptable.
5. So as to not hurt others feelings:
Untruthful flattery is another form of lying. Sometimes we flatter our loved ones or our friends so as to avoid hurting their feelings. A classic example of this form of lying is “Do I look fat in this?”
The points listed above are some of the driving forces behind lying. But the primary reason we lie, is because if the lie isnt too big, we can usually get away with it.
*Submitted By: Krittika Biswas
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