Who lied to you today? Did you notice?

I've always been a goody two-shoes and very honest. Actually, that was a lie! In most cases I've been a goody two-shoes and very honest. So much so that there have been times when honesty has got me into trouble. Another lie! I didn't get into trouble as such, but I certainly would have been better off had I been less honest. Unfortunate isn't it? If I'd have done what everyone else did (a lie of omission), I could have benefited from the situation, like they did, by... Oops, I'd better stop telling the truth to protect the company in question. I'm not telling a deliberate lie, but I am omitting the truth. Only one paragraph into the post and I've already told a few lies, because that's what we do. We lie. 

If you're reading this thinking you don't lie, then think again. While studying Deception Detection, I learned that 91% of people lie regularly at home and work, and research suggests that, on average, people tell 2 - 3 lies in a 10 minute conversation. That means we're lied to as many as 200 times a day!

Men typically lie more than women, often to make themselves look better. And women lie more to protect others. A lot of our lies are of little consequence, yet others can be immensely damaging. Let me share some interesting facts:

  • more than 82% of lies go undetected
  • a third of all resumes contain false information
  • college students lie to their mothers 20% of the time, that's 1 in every 5 interactions
  • 1 in 5 employees are aware of fraud in their workplace

With this in mind, you may want to learn a little more about deception detection. Interested in which nonverbal cues to look out for, that can alert you to the fact that you may need to dig deeper, to seek the truth? Check out Part 1 of my article (page 8 & 9) in Australian Security Magazine.

Deception detection uncovered: Truth seeking through interrogation.

If you need any assistance in deception detection, or you want to learn for yourself, contact us and we'll be happy to assist.

Sophie ZadehComment