New research from Notre Dame University (August 13, 2012) indicates that people that lie have more health problems.
The 10-week study indicates that all people lie by reconstructing the truth (white lie) a minimum of 11 times each week and showed that when a person tells lies they suffer from unnecessary “self induced” stress because the body releases stress hormones which leads to higher heart rate, higher blood pressure, and reduced white blood cell count that over time take a damaging toll on the physical body.
The study indicates that “LITTLE” lies are perhaps more damaging to the human body then their cousin “BIG” lies.
(1) So What Is Lying?
According to Merriam-Webster, lying is “any fabrication known to be untrue in order to deceive for any reason.”
- Any Effort To Deceive (Verbal Or Non-Verbal).
- Avoiding Answering Questions.
- Being Dishonest.
- Exaggerated Attempts’ At Justification.
- Keeping Secrets.
- Knowingly Confusing Issues.
- Making Knowingly False Statement.
- Making Unreliable Statements Of Fact.
- Misleading Impressions (Verbal Or Non-Verbal).
- Omitting All Or Part Of The Truth.
- Saying One Thing But Meaning Another.
1: to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive
2: to create a false or misleading impression
1: to bring about by telling lies
(2) Some Common Synonyms Of The Verb “Lie” Are:
Ambiguity, Bluff, Deceit, Defamation, Dishonesty, Distortion, Exaggeration, Fable, Fabrication, Fairy tale, Fallacy, False, Falsehood, Falsification, Fib, Fiction, Fraudulence, Half-truth, Libel, Misconception, Misinforming, Misreporting, Misrepresentation, Myth, Nonsense, Perjury, Pretense, Prevarication, Slander, Untruth
(3) Some Common Antonyms For Verb “Lie” Are
(4) Links To Reports On This Study.
By Guy Lewis, Payson, Arizona, August 31, 2012