A study conducted by University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert S. Feldman found that, during a 10-minute conversation, 60 percent of people lied at least once.
“People tell a considerable number of lies in everyday conversation. It was a very surprising result. We didn’t expect lying to be such a common part of daily life,” said Feldman.
Feldman also found that lies told by women and men are different in content, but not in quantity. “Women were more likely to lie to make the person they were talking to feel good, while men lied most often to make themselves look better,” said Feldman.
“It’s so easy to lie,” remarked Feldman. When we are children, we are taught that honesty is the best policy. But somewhere along the way this message gets twisted when, for example, we are told to be polite and pretend we like a gift we have been given. This mixed message about lying can’t help but have an impact on our behavior as adults.
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