Reasons Why Men and Women Lie

Faroe stamp 430 The First Human Beings

Faroe stamp 430 The First Human Beings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lots of men and women are affected by lying every day. It does not mean that they have directly been lied to. Sometimes they are living out the consequences of lies that they have been told by others, while at times, they themselves have told lies that have helped to shape their present day reality.


Lying sometimes seems like the easy way out of a problem, but it can have serious consequences in the long term. Resisting the temptation to lie builds up our own personal sense of integrity. It also keeps us honest to ourselves and we are better able to cope with life. Sometimes we lie to ourselves and keep ourselves in denial about issues that we could have fixed slowly over time if we had faced the truth.


Lying sometimes crops up when people feel embarrassed. For example, a supervisor might ask if a task was done. If other coworkers are there, an employee might lie that it was, just to avoid a feeling of embarrassment. The may also lie so that they don’t appear incompetent or irresponsible.


Our values may conflict with our self esteem. Sometimes we act out of a sense of emotional or physical self preservation. A person may forget to do something and lie that they did do it, then rush to get the task done as quickly as possible.


The purpose of this article is not to judge anyone. It is just to explore the reasons why old and young, male and female, sometimes opt to shift the truth up a bit. Human beings are complex creatures and at any times, different things war within us. Social lies, which are told to make us look better to strangers, are different from white lies, which are usually told to spare someone’s feelings.

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