The Remarkable Power of the Truth Teller

We cannot open a newspaper, turn on our computer, or flip through our feeds, before we find that someone has lied about something. Lying is both ubiquitous and consequential—but why do we lie? Science says we learn to deceive as toddlers. We rationalize the fabrications that benefit us. We tell little white lies daily that make others feel good. In one study, 60 percent of people lied at least once during a 10-minute conversation, saying an average of 2.92 inaccurate things. Psychologists say, most lies are tied to self-esteem: as soon as someone feels a little bit threatened, they […]

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