Let Me Ask You A Question – 3/14/17

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Let me ask you a question:

Studies show the average person tells 25-40 lies each day and that each person is lied to nearly 200 times per day.  My question is this…

 

How many lies do you tell yourself each day?

 

 

 

49 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 3/14/17

  1. Wow! This is a loaded question! I don’t really believe in the stats you are quoting. Where do the numbers come from?
    I don’t believe I lie that much, and despite the reclusiveness of my writing vocation, I don’t think I experience that many lies in a day either.

    However, if the essence of the question is truly about self-deception and self-honesty, then it is possible I lie more frequently, especially when I listen to my negative self-talk.

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    • I get this response often. The reason people don’t think they lie as much is in how they define a lie. And we justify so much of our speak that many lie without even realizing they’ve done so. Example..”How are you today?” our programmed answer…”I’m fine” which is the most common lie told. When you look at a lie as anything that is not 100% truthful, then maybe you can see this number growing exponentially. Here is one of the many site I’ve conducted research using. I actually think the numbers might be low.
      http://liespotting.com/2010/06/10-research-findings-about-deception-that-will-blow-your-mind/
      As for lies I’m told, I am not surprised by the number of 200. Working in sales I know I am told tons of lies everyday. “Hello is John in today?” Receptionist…”No, he’s in a meeting.” Meanwhile I’m parked across the street and can see John is sitting at his desk, solo and not on the phone. Little lies are common occurrence.

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  2. If a study say something everybody automatically believes it. In general studies and statistics are made in order to get media attention and try to get money to make other studies. So in a way studies are full of lies just as the media is. As for statistics Mark Twain pointed out that: “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” As for me I cannot see myself telling a lie to myself because I would spot it straight away.

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  3. Hmm. I try not to be dishonest, and the usual way is when I’m saying something nice about someone or something when I don’t totally agree with my hyperbolic, enthusiastic statement to them or about that. I believe “white lies” best characterize what I say, but I haven’t thought much about how often I do this. For that matter, I’m not in the company of others much of the time, so there’s no reason to speak white lies. As for on line white lies, I’ve been up and on line four hours, and I can account for one small white lie. Or half white lie, because I sort of liked the thing I said I liked, just not as enthusiastically as I told the other person.

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    • These are exactly the types of things that I am referring. Some don’t think people lie too often, but it comes down to how we define “lie”. By the truest definition a lot of stuff we all say could be classified as lies. Personally, I’m not that strict but don’t practice being deceitful.

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  4. Sometimes I have to lie to myself just to get out of bed. I’m a consultant in a big four firm. I have to pass myself off as an expert every day in front of a multitude of people. It’s totally against my nature and very exhausting so that, by the end of the week, I don’t want to talk to anyone. As for a quantity of lies, somewhere between 10 and infinity.

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