Why people lie? - The Psychology Behind Deception
You’d be lying if you say you have never told a lie.
We lie effortlessly, in ways big and small, whether it is to strangers, co-workers, friends, or loved ones. Our capacity for dishonesty is as essential to us as our need to trust others, which ironically makes us bad at detecting lies.
I frequently receive advice from my loved ones to not trust anyone and that you never know anyone’s intentions. But I pondered as to why I shouldn’t trust people, and why do people feel the need to lie? I could not simply agree with the generic explanations that people are just simply bad and I’m simply gullible. I believed there must be something deeper than that.. Don’t we all have the evolutionary need to be liked? To form happy fulfilling relationships? This led me to explore research and uncover the psychology beneath deceit.
K I N D N E S S
An insight into what it means to be kind, and how you can use it to improve other people’s and your own happiness and well-being. There is a plethora of research surrounding kindness, I would like to touch upon the field of positive psychology, which is defined as ‘the scientific study of what makes life most worth living’ (Peterson, 2008). Positive psychologist researchers analyse how positive emotions like gratitude, love, and joy impact our wellbeing and improve our lives.
The current situation hit us completely unexpectedly and shook up our lives in ways most of us weren’t prepared for. It’s completely natural to feel out of your depth and experience difficulty in adjusting. I felt like a fish out of water when all of this began, but as time progressed, I came to feel more content and at peace. I thought I’d share a few things that I have learnt and have used to help me find peace and balance through lockdown…