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true, necessary, kind

one of the intriguing things in this article about lying. That trinity is the very end of the article — therapists’ 2-out-of-3 criteria for truthfulness. Seems that a lot of white lies wouldn’t pass the “necessary” test, so if people followed that there might be a lot more “Yes, you DO look fat” or equivalents thereof. And I’m a big honesty booster, but who needs that? (The trinity does sound good on the surface though.)

Stat I doubt: 24 percent of men and 13 percent of women lie about their age online. Oh Moses, Moses, Moses, you naive thing.

2 Comments so far

  1. kmcleod on March 3rd, 2008

    The article doesn’t seem to consider the nuances of inarticulateness. Also, I never believe that all people responding to polls are telling the truth. It could be argued that the females in the British Beverage poll example are less honest than the males who weren’t thinking of lying to the poll. On the other hand, an 80s study concluded that the majority of women would lie for the sake of another while the majority of men would lie for their own sakes.

  2. judes on March 5th, 2008

    I think the age lying depends. My independent, unscientific research has proven that 99% of men over 40 lie about their age, claiming they “look much younger,” when caught. Also 100% of men under 5’10” lie about their height.