We all lie at some point in our lives. Some tell little white lies because they are afraid that the truth will hurt someone. Others tell substantial lies because they are trying to cover up something that they have done. Sometimes this can become an everyday thing.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Harvard Business Schools have conducted a study that looks at the two main types of liars. There are the traditional liars who say things that they know aren’t true, and then there are the “deceivers by omission” who deliberately withhold information to change the truth.
There are three habits that liars frequently engage in.
- They talk more than others,
- They swear more than others
- They speak in the third person more.
The reason they say that people swear more is because they are uncomfortable about lying. Omitters tend to speak less and they speak in short sentences, never elaborating their stories.
Honesty is important in relationships and friendships, but it is even more important in business. You need to be able to trust the person that you are dealing with, especially when it comes to your finances.
Try to seek out business partners that are not too tight lipped but are also not too excitable and talkative. This is not set in stone however. There are introverts and extroverts that exhibit these characteristics. To avoid pushing away one of these personalities, look more for changes in demeanor when someone is talking to you. This can tell you more about what they are saying.
There are so many different ways of lying such as through email, text message, and using Photoshop to alter photos on Instagram. With so much lying going on, it is no wonder that people no longer trust anyone. One of the keys to discerning the truth is to also trust your instincts. If something doesn’t seem right, there is usually a reason why you feel like it does not seem right.