Lies We Face Everyday

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Lies We Face Everyday

We as human beings lie almost every day. To most people, lying is a default action. According to a study conducted by University of Massachusetts researcher Robert Feldman, 6 out of ten people lie at least once during a short conversation, and in that span of time, they would tell an average of 2.92 lies. We face lies so frequently and actually the lies we face everyday can be classified according to the degree of our lies: fabrication, exaggeration and deception.

People use fabrication to pretend that they are smart and not to be embarrassed. By using fabrication people gain attention for being smart, which gives them a sense of joy. When fabrication users know people around them do not know the exact answer to specific questions, they will use fabrication so that they would be perceived as the smart one, as they are the one who has the "answer".

Fabrication also prevents a person from being embarrassed. The most common example for this is when people go to movies, a friend may ask who the actor is. A fabricator will most likely respond, "that actor is X", in order to not be embarrassed by such a small event. People use exaggeration to earn the agreement from other people and persuade people. People who exaggerate usually combine truths and untruths to make themselves look impressive to others. Sometimes when people need other people's agreement, and to stand by their side, they exaggerate the facts. If a person needs money urgently, he or she might say, " I am broke now and I do not have ANY money on me", when he or she actually has money but maybe it just not enough at that moment. By using exaggeration, he or she...