To Catch a Liar

According to a University of Massachusetts study, 60% of adults can’t have a 10-minute conversation without lying at least once. Researchers determined that in a given day, we may be lied to anywhere from 10 to 200 times. Most of these lies are benign and harmless. “White lies” are considered trivial, diplomatic, or well-intentioned untruths. They’re used when the truth could lead to unnecessary hurt feelings or arguments. What distinguishes the more extreme forms of lying is the degree of harm they cause, and the extent to which the behavior becomes habitual or uncontrollable. Extreme forms are associated with mental illness, including antisocial, borderline, and narcissistic personality disorders.

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