Oh no, I have a bump on my tongue — I must have lied! That’s what the old wives tales says at least. Lying about anything makes me feel horrible. So I try to stay far from it. But are there certain times when lying comes in handy? David Smith, director of the New England Institute and author of “Why We Lie” says, “We (lie) all the time as a society. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Just imagine going through a day where everyone told the truth. It would be a nightmare scenario.” Nightmare scenario? Really? Do we need to lie sometimes? May be. For example, if your significant other loves a certain piece of clothing and you don’t, does it really matter that you don’t? Hmm. Should we lie in that case? Is it worth hurting the other person’s feelings to tell the truth? What about at work? We all joke about ‘yes men’ but how many of us are? We don’t want to disappoint our boss or create friction, then again if we have a better idea — that might work for us in the end in getting a promotion.
Lying can cause a person to feel insecure and paranoid. I guess it all depends on how big the lie is. If we’re lying about an affair then yes paranoia will probably set in. If we’re lying about what we really wanted for dinner, we’re probably okay. I guess go with your gut and do what your conscious can handle. Now back to the bump on my tongue hmm, that must be from biting it!