I wonder if you can remember the last occasion that someone lied to you. Or maybe it was you who lied to someone else.
Did you reflect on it and ask yourself why it might have happened? You may even have come up with one or more of the many reasons why people lie to each other.
Some people lie to keep themselves out of what they perceive as “trouble”. Others lie to impress. Either way, there are always consequences or effects of lying.
Most people don’t even consider the effect their lying has on others, or even themselves, they just do it to avoid trouble or punishment. This is particularly prevalent amongst teenagers.
Young adults will lie to their parents about what they are doing for the evening, how much of their homework they have done, or how the house got trashed while they were out of town.
Somtimes people lie to thier partner or spouse about what they got up to with their friends last light. What is happening here is that folks are using lies to stay out of trouble even when know they are in the wrong.
Things fall apart when people realise they are being lied to. Liars may think they are smart but eventually even the smartest liars get caught out. Girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and wives all get to the truth in the end.
Next time you experience someone telling a lie, think about why they are doing it – is it simply to avoid punishment?