Lying is a bad thing, right? That’s what we are told from a very young age, always tell the truth, honesty is key, etc. but researchers are now saying there is a time and a place for lies. Think about it, we’re probably more dishonest than we even know, like when you tell your grandma that sandwich was delicious…right. We’re also being lied to more than we think.
There are 5 scenarios where fibbing might be your best choice.
1) If you have someone’s best interests at heart (also called “prosocial lies”) these lies have been found to build trust between people
2) There’s no time to change (basically if the person you’re lying to doesn’t have time to act on information you might give them.)
3) If you’re giving constructive criticism (deliver it in a more gentle manner, as it will likely get you a better outcome in a the long run.)
4) Right before a special occasion (don’t give someone honest information at a time when it will distract them from something important.)
5) If you’re not close with the person (an expert says, “In more competitive relationships or first interactions, honesty is a lot more precarious, can damage relationships and reduce trust.”)
In other words, “white lies” or non truths that wont hurt a person or a relationship. So, what do you think?