ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Are there any Advantages of Telling Lies and Not Speaking the Truth

Updated on October 30, 2013
Sundeep Kataria profile image

Wellness Consultant | Astrologer, Palmist, Tarot Reader | Head Hunter, Human Resource Consultant, Corporate Trainer | Author, Blogger |

Liar in our Society

Liar in our Society
Liar in our Society | Source
Bundle of False Promises
Bundle of False Promises | Source

A bundle of lies to clinch the deal

In my office, the sales team of a famous Job Portal Company was making a fervent sales pitch for selling their subscription. Getting this account and winning the business from their competitor was going to be a prestigious achievement for this Job Portal Company as my firms are in the HR Consultancy (Executive Search and CV Writing) business lines for more than 15 years now.

The sales team comprised of Area Manager, Zonal Manager and Territory Manager. I was amazed to see their enthusiasm and a host of unbelievably attractive promises. Finding these to be too good to be true, I decided not to take the decision immediately. But they persisted and kept following up. To make the long story short, two more such sales presentation cum follow up meetings were pushed my way by this team. Every time, one more senior person joined in.

Finally, I decided to give the business to them.

Change of Scenario after getting the Business

Soon it was going to be my turn to run after them. Even the basic services were not forthcoming. My calls were avoided, e mails were never answered and if I called on the customer help line a new person pretending to be unaware would take down the message with no one ever getting back to me.

I am sure, each one of has an experience to share and a story to tell about he or she being lied to. Only the character or situation or circumstances or place may change.

Why this dilemma?
Why this dilemma? | Source

Why it happens all the time?

That brings us to examine that:

  • Why do people lie?
  • What are the advantages of hiding the truth?
  • Is it the habit of person or the external circumstances which make a person lie?

Plausible Advantages of Telling Lies

It is worth its while to go deep and try to understand that why there is a need to hide the truth!

Without getting too technical or using the heavy jargon of a Psychologist or a Social Scientist, there definitely are clear advantages accruing to the person who is telling lies and is hiding the truth.

Such as:

Quick Convincing

Let us say you are in an electronic store with an intention to buy a latest TV. You finally shortlist one model each of two competing brands and are about to take a final decision.

Your research tells you that it is better to buy Brand 'A', whereas the salesman may try to convince you ( with the false information, of course) that the Brand 'B' has the speakers are of better quality, a better after sales service and in case of any defect the company replaces the TV rather than repairing etc.

Helpful to achieve targets

Why did this salesman lie?

Clearly, he has a sales target to meet or he may be getting higher incentives on Brand 'B'.

Is it always beneficial to lie?

How often you think telling a lie is OK?

See results

Easy Approach

Therefore, the easiest approach is to invent certain attractive features about the product which would be a cumbersome process for the prospective customer to verify and make a quick sale.

Getting out of the Messy Situation

Apparently it would make a sense now to buy Brand 'B'. However, if you were to ask the salesman to show you the literature to confirm his claims, he may now start giving excuses.

Again he is telling lies to get out of the situation.

Similarly, a criminal when nabbed by police will always invent innumerable lies to escape the arrest and then the punishment.

Avoidance of Trouble

Imagine it is the end of the accounting year. The teams of accountants and auditors are working until midnight to complete the work in time. There could be a work shirker who would feign to be sick and enjoy at home.

To get an entry into a Social Group

In a group of three young men, two are discussing and comparing the features of their newly acquired iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Smart phone. Not to be left out, the third one says that he too had purchased a Sony Xperia but that got stolen next day. Obviously, he fabricated this to have himself in this group.

What is the Best Option?
What is the Best Option? | Source

To Sum Up

No culture, society, belief or religion ever praises or encourages a liar. So why try short term gains which may over a period of time prove to be costly and troublesome.

Irrespective of reasons or circumstances, when a person tells lies, is not caught and apparently finds it to be beneficial, this becomes a compulsive habit.

It is not worth lying. Make speaking truth a habit. Try it!

"Author: Sundeep Kataria"

How to spot a liar

Please do share your Experiences / Comments / Suggestions on this subject. It might help others too !

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Sundeep Kataria profile imageAUTHOR

      Sundeep Kataria 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Jan Brianne. I am very encouraged to read your beautiful feedback. Sundeep Kataria

    • Jan Brianne profile image

      Jan Brianne 

      7 years ago

      interesting topic, nicely written...


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)