One thing we can all agree on is that we have all lied at least once in our life. No matter what image we try to portray, we all have had our fair share of exaggerating stories. Us, humans lie about a multitude of things and both men and women lie in equal proportions. A study has revealed why most of us lie and how much percentage of the reason is there in it. Results are as such:
- Personal transgression: Cover up a mistake or misdeed – 22%
- Economic advantage: Gain financial benefits -16%
- Personal advantage: Bring benefits beyond money -15
- Avoidance: Escape or evade other people -14%
- Self-impression: Shape a positive image of ourselves – 8%
- Unknown: Motives are unclear, even to ourselves – 7%
- Humor: Make people laugh – 5%
- Altruistic: Help People – 5%
- Malicious: Hurt other people – 4%
- Pathological: Ignored or disregarded reality – 2%
- Social or polite: Uphold social roles or avoid rudeness -2%
If we take a look at the history of mankind we can see clear examples of unbelievable liars. If we ponder long enough we can even suggest names from our friends list into this category. Lying, it turns out, is something that most of us are very adept at. We lie with ease, in ways big and small, to strangers, co-workers, friends, and loved ones. It is speculated that lying as a behavior arose not long after the emergence of language. The fact that people can gain benefit over others without using physical force is treated as an advantage in the competition for resources and mates, much similar to camouflage in the animal kingdom.
The most ironic thing is that our capacity for dishonesty is as fundamental to us as our need to trust others and we are terrible at detecting them as well.