In today’s era, lying is pretty easy for people. It is the ugliest truth in today’s world. There’s no denying that each one of us lies on a daily basis. For most of us, lying is easy. There are only a handful of people who are 100% honest. In some situations, you can’t do without lying.
It has become an indispensable part of our lives, and we have become so habitual to lying that the guilt has almost vanished. Lying requires a lot of brain activity. People have made it look effortless because they are so used to it.
Here’s what you need to know about lying.
How your brain processes it.
When you’re about to lie, your frontal lobe is activated which helps you to suppress the truth, and your limbic system is activated which leads to increased anxiety.
It’s all about your brain.
When you are telling the truth, your brain is not that active. On the other hand, when you’re lying, more brain areas are activated. Your temporal lobe is activated which helps to check if the retrieved memory is correct or not.
The polygraph is a lie detector. Anxiety is the base for its working. It measures the activity in the limbic system of your brain and detects when your anxiety levels up. Lie detectors are however not 100% accurate. That’s why courts don’t make use of it.
How often do people lie?
People lie at least one or two times on a daily basis. Also, both men and women lie equally. According to studies, people tend to deceive at least 30% of the people they interact with.
What do statistics say?
About 75% of people put personal gains over integrity and honesty. 15% of people admitted to lying at work often, and 59% of them did not feel guilty while doing that.
Lies according to the profession
According to people, 94% of politicians lie at their job. And, 92% of business leaders, 91% of celebrities, 77% of lawyers, and 27 % of doctors do too.
Universal signs were showing that a person is lying to you.
Touching their face or neck too much is one of the universal signs. You can also find out by their shoulder movements. A micro gesture of a roll or a crunch says it all.
Look for the hand gesture.
When a person is telling the truth, he will be confident, and his confidence will reflect on his face. Whereas if he’s lying, he will tend to be underconfident with his fingers interlocked.