The Liars in Our Lives

September 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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On average, people tell three lies every 10 minutes — from “I was just about to call you” and “You’ve lost weight!” to “Your secret is safe with me” and “I love you, too.” Think this claim is a bit of an exaggeration? University of Massachusetts psychology professor Robert Feldman, Ph.D., has spent the last 25 years proving it. In his book entitled “The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships,” Feldman presents evidence on why we lie, just how often we stretch the truth and the costs and benefits that come with such fibbing — whether it’s the so-called “little white lie,” a Madoff-style whopper or something in between. “The most surprising finding of my research is how ubiquitous lying is,” says Feldman. “It occurs at a rate far greater than I ever expected to find. In fact, lying is so frequent that we don’t even register that it’s happening.”
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