Little White Lies

Professor Bella DePaulo, who specializes in the study of human deception, asked a group of ordinary people to keep a notebook of lies they told in one week. She discovered that they had lied at least once to between 30 and 38 percent of the people they came into contact with. Based on her research, DePaulo says that we all fall into one of two categories of liars: Some of us are ‘self-centred liars’ — we lie in order to make ourselves look better to others. The rest of us are ‘other-centred liars’ — we lie in order to avoid hurting someone else’s feelings. The experiment also found that people tend to tell ‘white lies’ more often to strangers; and deeper lies to those they loved most.
But there are, of course, two people we can never successfully lie to: ourselves and God.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Deceit, Lies, Truth and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s