Mar 14, 2007

Test Your Knowledge About Lying

Here is a really quick quiz to see how much you know about lying and deception.

For the most part, I thought the answers provided were right on the mark, although I probably would have framed two of the answers differently.

If you want to take the quiz, do so now before reading my comments.

My Comments:

When it comes to the difference between children and adults, there are some similarities and differences. Yes, young children have a more difficult time distinguishing between imagination and reality. But, adults and children are both likely to lie to avoid punishment. However, adults are better at lying to avoid hurting other people's feelings, whereas young children tend to be much more honest.

And with respect to sex differences and lying - yes, men and women are much more similar than different. But, when it comes to relationships, men are more likely to lie than women. Men are much more likely to lie because men tend to be higher risk-takers. People, who are risk-aversive, tend to lie less often. Risk-aversive individuals are more cautious and, therefore, they have a lot less things to lie about. Risk-aversive individuals are also much more fearful about telling lies.


Anonymous said...

I disagree with that premise regarding risk aversive folks being less likely to lie. As a former liar and married to a formerly cheating liar I would say that avoidance of real risk, which involves consideration of consequences, is a primary factor for lies. Avoidance, avoidance, avoidance! Perhaps what the risk takers you are thinking of is an avoidance of fear itself!?

Eyes said...

I think men also hate confrontation and so they will tend to lie to avoid it as well.

Anonymous said...

Ditto, eyes!

Anonymous said...

females and males lie all the isn't more dominant in lies then the other at all..i have been with a few woman and they all lied to me.lies are usually triggered when someone is trying to hide something or protect something or someone, unless they are a compulsive liar which i don't really get those people. i think everybody lies, white lies are still considered a lie.