Why we lie and the neuroscience behind it

  • save face
  • avoid hurting other people’s feelings
  • impress others
  • shirk responsibility
  • hide misdeeds
  • as a social lubricant
  • prevent conflict
  • get out of responsibility
  • feeling sick (84%),
    • family emergencies (65%),
    • doctor’s appointment (60%), or lying about
    • a family member’s death (31%)!


    On average, one person has used 7 different excuses to get out of work on different occasions.
    Only 27% of respondents who lied to get out of work regretted it, and 41% of respondents would lie again.
    91% of people making up excuses to get out of the office were never caught!
    More men than women were caught lying, and only 27% of respondents who lied to get out of work regretted it. For those caught, 70% regretted lying. But despite not feeling bad about themselves for lying, 59% of respondents said they wouldn’t do it again.

    Lying Rx

    It’s far more peaceful when we tell the truth, because our limbic system isn’t stressed about lying and our frontal lobe isn’t working to inhibit the truth.

    Telling the truth just doesn’t take as much brain activity and you can notice not only how much better it feels, and  it makes your life simpler.
    So why do we lie? Because it works for us . . .temporarily, at least. 

    What do you lie about? Why?

    *Bella DePaulo, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Virginia,


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