Dishonesty: Bold Lie Essay

867 Words Nov 27th, 2012 4 Pages
Cause and effect essay on dishonesty

Dishonesty is happening in the world a lot of time. People are not being honest with others, or with their self. In other words; they are lying. I am writing this paper to discuss the causes and effects on lying.
Why do people lie?
We all have our own reasons for not telling the truth at times. These are the main reasons why people lie: 1. Enhancing their reputation: People lie to make themselves seem better. They may want to impress their friend or their boyfriend/ girlfriend, but they are lying nonetheless. People may be exaggerating or lying about their skills, accomplishments, belongings, or background to improve their status. These kind of lies usually aren’t seen as bad, since we all do
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This will go all the way up to the point where they simply can’t stop lying. According to psychologists there are 4 major reasons for this: 1. Reinforcement: People lie to see if they can get away with it. This usually starts at school. Students have excuses why they have not done their work. After they found out they could get away with it, they will have a more bold lie next time, and after that an even bolder than the second one. They will lie just to see if they can get away with it. 2. Memory distortion: After people have lied once about something that happened in the past, they will have to tell that exact same lie the next time someone asks about that particular event. After they keep telling that story it might become part of their long-term memory. When they recall what happened in a later period of time, they forget that they told a little lie to make it seem better and it becomes a false memory. The question is whether they are really lying at this point. If they are telling something which they think is the truth, it is not really considered lying. 3. Protection of positive sense of identity: People want to believe that they are ethical, honest and morally upstanding. They will go through all sorts of mental shenanigans to maintain this view, even when their behavior is in direct conflict with their ‘reality’. Rather than admit that they lied, cheated, or worse, they twist the facts around so that, in their minds, they

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