On Why We Lie - The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind by David Livingstone Smith
November 18, 2004 11:35 AM Subscribe
How often does the average person lie? First, it's important to point out that lying is normal, and more often spontaneous and unconscious than cynical and coldly analytical. Our minds and bodies secrete deceit. That said, Robert Feldman, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts, suggests that there are three lies for every ten minutes of conversation. I think that's plausible. And bear in mind that his research measured only the frequency of narrow, explicit, verbal lying. The real rate of deception, which includes our movements and expressions, must be considerably higher.
- David Livingstone Smith, author of Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind
, is a liar. And he explains why you are too. ( More Inside
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