White lies. Fibs. Exaggerations. Omissions. A lie by any other name is still a lie. Why do we do it?
The art of deception is a survival skill that all creatures have in their inventory. The chameleon changes colours to blend in with its surrounding when faced with danger. The Possum “plays dead” in hopes its enemy will wander off. Gorillas have been documented leading their group away from food, only to return later on and enjoy it themselves. The bigger the brain, the larger the capacity to lie, and the larger the extent of dishonesty for personal gain. So why are people so comfortable lying?