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We all have the capacity to lie. Why Do People Lie? FEAR. It was Tad Williams who said, “We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.”


People lie because they are hiding something or they think the truth will hurt/bother/or cause "unnecessary" drama to and with the other person who is the recipient of the lie. Therefor, my ...


Why people do it: In some cases, the little white lie is altruistic, says Smith, but when used excessively, it can make interactions with people less authentic. At its worst, others may feel that a person isn’t being genuine or trustworthy. How you can avoid it: Walk in the other person’s shoes.


Thus, understanding the psychology behind why people lie is not difficult, but individual motivations might be hard to pinpoint. However, a lie spoken for a good purpose (white lie), should not be looked upon as dishonest behavior.


Knowing the reasons why people lie, however, can shed some light on the problem and help us understand the people who lie. Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons why people lie.


Most people lie to someone else at least once or twice a day, and over a week, they lie to 30 percent of the individuals they interact with. And as with any bad habit, if you're going to stop ...


Deception comes in many forms, and lying is just one of them. According to author Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, strangers lie within minutes of meeting one another and the average person hears between ten to two hundred lies per day, although most lies go undetected.Meyer notes many of the tell-tale signs that someone is lying.


There's actually method to the "pathological liar's" apparent madness, and once you understand why some people simply prefer to lie - even when the truth would do just as well, you'll have a better idea of what goes on in the mind of life's most manipulative and seriously disturbed characters.


We all lie, all the time. It causes problems, to say the least. So why do we do it? It boils down to the shifting sands of the self and trying to look good both to ourselves and others, experts ...


What causes a person to lie repeatedly? Can such a person ever change? I feel pretty certain if anyone ever called her on her behavior she would act outraged and simply put an end to the relationship. Psychologist’s Reply. I have written a past post on this topic (see Will My Compulsive Lying Ruin My Relationship?