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Why People Lie | Reasons for Lying | Paul Ekman Group

Reasons for serious lies

  • To avoid punishment. These lies are told when there is a threat of loss if the lie is uncovered. 
  • Concealing a benefit. These lies are told to conceal the reward obtained by breaching a law or expectation.
  • Protecting yourself or someone else from serious harm.

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Reasons for serious lies

  • To avoid punishment. These lies are told when there is a threat of loss if the lie is uncovered. 
  • Concealing a benefit. These lies are told to conceal the reward obtained by breaching a law or expectation.
  • Protecting yourself or someone else from serious harm.

Telling trivial lies

  • The thrill of it all. Some people lie to see if they can get away with it.
  • Avoiding embarrassment. People tell untruths to get out of an awkward social situation.
  • Being polite. Practicing deceptions is sometimes required socially.

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