Why People Lie

People lie for a variety of reasons. According to a study conducted by Dr. Bella DePaulo, the average person lies once or twice a day and over the course of a week, deceives about 30 of the people they interact with. This does not include the lies we tell ourselves. Some of the reasons people lie are to:

– gain power
– gain status or improve one’s position (impress others)
– avoid conflict
– avoid an unpleasant truth about themselves
– avoid admitting mistakes
– diminish or suppress someone else
– avoid hurting someone’s feelings
– avoid anger
– avoid responsibility
– gain respect or admiration
– gain self-worth
– be liked
– maintain the status-quo, hoping everything will pass unnoticed
– gain something of value

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