Why do people lie?

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  1. Ashish Deshpande profile image59
    Ashish Deshpandeposted 9 years ago

    I found so many people lie even when they do not get any benefit out of it..sometimes just out habit they do that...i wonder why can't people have courage to speak truth?

    1. Nesbyte profile image81
      Nesbyteposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Sometimes it's the nice thing to do. It might be kinder to tell someone a white lie if you know the truth will upset them.

    2. Sed-me profile image82
      Sed-meposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The worst is when they come to the point where they believe their own lies and they can no longer recognize the difference between reality and the world they've created. It's very sad.

  2. ARUN KANTI profile image43
    ARUN KANTIposted 9 years ago

    When it comes to avoiding any  trouble, saving face in front of others or sparing someone’s feelings, many people start fibbing.. It lets them  manipulate the way they want to be seen by others.

  3. Amy Naylor profile image82
    Amy Naylorposted 9 years ago

    Sometimes it can be a bit of a reflex action and then the person in question will realise that they've told a lie and regret doing so. By then it's too late.
    That then turns into habit and before you know it we're all telling little porkies. But they grow into walls of defence but they're no good because you can't even break them from the inside out.
    It's a downwards spiral!

  4. Ashish Deshpande profile image59
    Ashish Deshpandeposted 9 years ago

    @Amy yeah its a downwards spiral. 1 lie gives rise to 100 others. Instead i usually prefer to speak truth, even if it hurts...

  5. incomeguru profile image96
    incomeguruposted 9 years ago

    Just because they wanted to be right all the time.

  6. Kiss andTales profile image61
    Kiss andTalesposted 9 years ago

    Jesus explain where the lie originates, and if we practice it who we would reflect satan

    John 8:44  "  You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie.

    Clear to the point.

  7. Ashish Deshpande profile image59
    Ashish Deshpandeposted 9 years ago

    @Sed-me yeah..that happens mostly too...also people ignore more good things and keep in mind few wrongs and make their perception of truth surrounding it..

  8. anonimuzz profile image60
    anonimuzzposted 9 years ago

    Whenever they think they can get away with it. It can be for fun ("oh, how smart am I, deceiving these humans" - self high-five) or it can be to avoid a certain outcome they don't want or to get something they do want.

  9. Ashish Deshpande profile image59
    Ashish Deshpandeposted 9 years ago

    later feels more likely... although such outcomes are short-lived and sans any happiness..

  10. Fred Arnold profile image60
    Fred Arnoldposted 9 years ago

    I would put it up to something greater than the individual. Society exemplifies the idea of doing bad to succeed. Humans created the school systems where competition exists. Competition is not a bad thing, however, it does breed disgusting human virtues. Humans ability to lie stem from how we teach our children as well as what they learn from their empirical experience. Since society as a whole breeds these virtues, that is what every generation of new children will learn. It's a never ending cycle unless something changes within society as a whole.

    1. Amy Naylor profile image82
      Amy Naylorposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I agree. Well said!

  11. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 9 years ago

    I've always believed, through my experience, that children lie because they are afraid of punishment and loss of love; adults lie because they are afraid of being exposed and losing face.

  12. clivewilliams profile image75
    clivewilliamsposted 9 years ago

    humans are natural flawed beings, people lie because its just natural

    1. Kiss andTales profile image61
      Kiss andTalesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      True we all are born flawed ,but it is not natural to lie. Like it is not natural to kill. We are to have self control in our actions.
      Reference Bible Re 21:8 But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and fornicators and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. This means the second death.”  There is no literal lake of fire. But what this means symbolic is,
      fire here means desinagrated ,not to exist again, done away with, in conclusion means no resurrection hope.the second death.
      That is how serious a practice of lying can be . If we have practiced lying it would be a good thing to attempt change. The Heavenly Father would be happy of our sacrefice. It would be hard to do  but at least you will have hope for the future according to the scriptures.

  13. Mindz 'n Transit profile image72
    Mindz 'n Transitposted 9 years ago

    I find that most times its about energy -- about power. I think people go through life doing 2 things: gaining and maintaining power and getting their needs met. And we all find our own personal ways to doing it. And its all learned.
    Some people have learned that by lying they can steal the energy of another. I'm not saying its a good thing. It just is.
    Other times I think its the child inside trying to avoid getting into trouble or disappointing another.

  14. savvydating profile image91
    savvydatingposted 9 years ago

    janshares, your perspective is quite insightful. I've met one or two people who lie consistently. I truly believe that the rejection (from childhood) of not being "good enough" affected these people greatly. Their psyche was such that telling a lie was easier than facing rejection all of the time. That being said, some of these people go on to achieve so very much in their adult lives...but they still struggle with rejection issues. I am glad you "chimed" in.

    1. janshares profile image94
      jansharesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your thoughts, savvydating. I think your insights about unresolved fear of rejection are also on point.

  15. factsresearcher profile image60
    factsresearcherposted 9 years ago

    @janshares I agree with you.


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