We all lie and are guilty of the following:
I can't talk now, I am in a meeting. I'll call you back in five minutes. My computer is offline. I did the EFT last week. I never received your e-mail. I'm on my way. I didn't have that much to drink. Sorry I missed your call. My battery died. I had no signal. I'm stuck in traffic. It wasn't that expensive.
Men sometimes lie, with a - This is my last drink. I am not married. This is not what it looks like. No, your bum does not look big in that.
Women, when they lie, may say - What, this old thing? I've had it for ages. It was on sale. No, I didn't throw it away. I've got a headache.
The most common lie is: "Nothing's wrong. I'm fine."
Mark Twain - "If you tell the truth you won't have to remember anything." Abraham Lincoln - "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar."
Do we lie to get out of an awkward situation and because we are afraid of what we perceive to be the consequences?
According to his research, a Daily Mail reporter, stated that men lie six times a day, twice as many times more than women do.
However, Susan Cohen, in her book, The Truth About Why Women Lie, writes that 'women lie more frequently, more cleverly and more successfully that men. 80% of women lie to benefit themselves and are more likely to wriggle out of lying if caught.'
According to statistics, believe them or not, 60% of men and women cannot have a ten minute conversation without lying at least once. 40% lie on their CV's and 90% lie about their profiles on dating sites. Women lie about their age and weight while men lie about their height, income and education.
During a 'Did you See that Movie?/Did You Read the Book?, group discussion both men and women will nod, smile or grimace to make themselves look better, more likeable and more informed, instead of just saying: "No, I didn't."
Interestingly, the most trusting people are able to tell when they are being lied to, according to a study by the University of Toronto.
Yesterday morning, and the reason for this article, a woman 'phoned me, and said: "I'm so sorry. I have to cancel my reservation as I will be attending my father's funeral on that day."
The booking date is three months away.
This is true. I am not lying.