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Oops I just told a lie It was a little white lie but still I lied Why did I lie What an interesting thought Why After thinking about this most complex question I came up with a variety of reasons why people find justification in lying Be mindful that most of my thoughts stem from books or articles I have read about the not so honest people living in society I know someone who has made bad choices about life that directly affected people close to her and she told lies as a means to escape the reality of those bad choices When I asked her why she chose to lie about something that impacted someone else in such a profound way the response was Doesnt it make everything easier that my dad never finds out I am sorry about what I did and I dont want to hurt anyone else I am steadfast on my assumption that all lies trace back to the assumption that it will benefit the person who told the lie Envision a scenario involving the compilation of your resume Most people are tempted to lie about experience on their resumes to gain the benefits of a better job that they are not necessarily capable of performing From Lies Lies Lies The psychology of deceit by Professor Charles Ford Reporter Janet Cooke lied on her resume when she applied to the Washington Post and on a resume she submitted to the Pulitzer Prize committee This was discovered only after she had won a 1981 Pulitzer for her story about an 8-year-old heroin addict That led to unmasking an even bigger lie She had faked the winning story We lie for all sorts of reasons We lie to glorify the perception of who we are to other people We lie sometimes simply because it so easy to say what someone else wants to hear after we
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