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Lies And Empathy

Over time, with the more lies we tell and how big they are, it costs us our ability to empathize and be compassionate towards ourselves and other people.

Humans have the power to deceive other people but also the ability to convince ourselves of the untruths we tell ourselves.

The moment we gain insight as to what our motivation is to lie, it is possible we can prevent ourselves from telling the lie in the first place.

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MORE IDEAS FROM This Is Your Brain on Lies - Mindful

  • The part of our brain that shows much activity when lying is our amygdalas - the one responsible for processing emotions and arousal, as well as the fight or flight response.
  • It has been perceived that with every lie we tell there is a decrease of activity in our amygdala. The bigger the level drop of activity, the bigger the next lie will be.
  • The more we lie the more we become desensitized to the negative emotions corresponding to each lie told.

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To prevent desensitization we must be wary of every action and word we speak. It's basically practicing being mindful - the practice of paying attention to our body's every behavior and being present with our emotional state.

Once we develop our ability to be aware of our emotional state we can resist the unconscious desensitization of adverse emotions and reduce the chances of lying repetitively.

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The Logic Behind Lying

According to several studies done regarding dishonesty, the motivation of a person to lie increases when there is a self-benefitting factor behind it.

Therefore, the higher and bigger the benefit, the higher and the bigger motivation there is for the person to lie.

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Body Language

While body language cues can offer clues to deceptions, it is often not good enough. More accurate signals are:

  • Intentionally leaving out important details.
  • If the person seems unsure or insecure.
  • Shrugging, lack of expression, and a bored posture.
  • Thinking too hard to fill in the details of the story.

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To lie is human
  • Lying is something that most people are very practiced in. We lie in big and small ways, to strangers, co-workers, friends, and loved ones.
  • Researchers found that people lie on average one or two times a day, mostly to hide inadequacies or to protect others' feelings.
  • Many lie and deceive to gain unjust rewards.
  • Sometimes people lie to inflate their image or to cover up bad behavior.
  • Even science contains deceivers, such as physicist Jan Hendrik Schön, who claimed a breakthrough in molecular semiconductor research, which later proved to be fraudulent.

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Daily choices
Each day, we make the same choice hundreds of times: whether to lie or tell the truth.

And we ignore the profound impact these seemingly inconsequential decisions have on our brain and our life.

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