Professor Robert Feldman and Eve Ash discuss his thesis of "a culture of lies". People know when others are lying. They might encourage children to lie about liking a present, so as not hurt another person's feelings. Sometimes people lie to impress others (in job interviews, for example). Sometimes they have gaps in their memory. Sometimes they wish to dispel a traumatic memory, or they create a deception to avoid thinking about something else.
- For benign reasons
- To impress other people
- To fill memory gaps
- To dispel inner uncertainty
- To blot or avoid thinking about a situation that causes stress
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