When did you last tell a lie? Just now, a few minutes or hours ago, yesterday?
According to psychologist Richard Wiseman, 25% of survey respondents claim to have lied in the last 24 hours. Some other figures include 90% of people claiming to have lied on a date, 80% during a job interview, 50% to their boss and, most appallingly, 40% of the population are happy to lie to their friends. (source)
I find this disgusting. To think that 40% of my friends would be happy to lie to my face is an extremely disconcerting thought.
I have a history of being uncomfortable with lying, but perhaps ironically I’m pretty good at it. I can bullshit my way out of most situations. This is all well and good except that afterwards I feel like an absolute bastard.
As I got older, I got more proficient at lying, but also felt more uncomfortable with it. So I eventually decided to (almost) entirely purge it from my life.
If you are in a similar position, here are some tips for how to put a stop to it.
It takes time, but eventually you will find yourself being instinctively honest with people. They will be surprised at this, but warmed to you at the same time. They will also generally reciprocate your honesty.