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    Any ideas/reasons why people lie? Are there good in lying?

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    LOTS of reasons. I'm American so I know!

    One reason is vanity, another is fear, both can and usually are petty!
    Last edited by Preston Stearns; 08-10-2010 at 01:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Any ideas/reasons why people lie? Are there good in lying?
    Why Do People Lie?
    Whether you're a judge, a caring wife, or a concerned parent, lying is one of the most common things done by individuals in society. Lying does not only take place within families, but between governments; businesses to customers; and others. Even though lying is generally thought of as a bad thing, can it be a good thing? Whatever the case, where does lying come from and why do we do it? In this article, the main reasons on why people lie are going to be revealed.

    As a Joke

    Many times individuals lie to tell jokes. Does that make it a good thing? Maybe not, but I guess it will depend on the person. If it is perhaps Halloween, and a group of kids are planning a scare, one of them might lie to get an individual trapped into their prank. Even in simple sarcastic conversations one may tell a lie, but was only being sarcastic with actually no intention of harming or deceiving the person. In either case, this form of lying, as a joke, is one of the reasons why people lie.

    To Escape Punishment

    Another reason why people lie is to escape punishment. If a child knows that he's done something wrong and is afraid he is going to get punished for it, the natural reaction of a human is to lie to prevent it. However, many times that just makes it worse, and so in some cases people know to tell the truth up front to avoid getting caught in a lie later. On the other hand, those that do tell a lie are simply doing so as a risk to avoid punishment.

    Deceptive Gain

    This is form of lying is probably the most harmful. In many cases, this form of lying is no different than taking another's belongings or life, but many still seem to do it regardless of the outcomes. Why do people do it? Well, that question can be debated. Many couples do this to cheat on their spouse. Many thieves do this to steal others' belongs. Many individuals do this to control the minds of people to get them to do what they want to do. Whatever the reason of this deceptive form of lying, most people do it as a form of deceptive gain.

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    Lying is somewhat of a learned social behavior, childhood etc. Metaphorically I liken it to original sin. In some it is an ever-developing artform, in others an act of desperation to overcome an obstacle or injury yet it only comes back to them in the end.
    Last edited by Preston Stearns; 08-17-2010 at 01:44 PM.

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