Not too long ago, a reader sent an email asking why emotionally sensitive people lie. Her question suggested that the emotionally sensitive lie more frequently than people who aren’t emotionally sensitive.
Her email made me curious. What are the reasons people lie? Do emotionally sensitive people lie more than others?
People Lie Without Thinking
Robert Feldman, who wrote “The Liar in Your Life,” and has studied lying for more that four decades, said in an interview, “Not only do we lie frequently, but we lie without even thinking about it. People lie while they are getting acquainted an average of three times in a 10-minute period. Participants in my studies actually are not aware that they are lying that much until they watch videos of their interactions.”