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This article also seems to tie in cognitive dissonance.
For those of you interested in this article, I suggest you read up on both the terms I have mentioned, or take a Psychology class. Fascinating stuff, it is.
Telling a few white lies here and there isn`t "not being yourself"If you tell someone you`re an all star baseball player when you`re a scrawny pasty guy, then that`s not being yourself. But at least if the girl is nearsighted, you`ll get laid. So it`s better.
a. are lying or
b. have no social tact.
... anyway, that article gave a generalization - not everyone lies. Last time I lied was about 10 years ago - about hiding candy.- I don`t tell white lies either. I will bluntly tell someone the truth. If they can`t take it, tough. - If I don`t want to tell the truth - I don`t say anything.- If I don`t like someone, I`ll say so. If your cooking is bad, your haircut is bad... whatever. I`ll tell you as nicely as possible. But I WILL tell you to save you further embarrassment from other people later on.- Why would someone claim be to someone (s)he`s not? That`s stupid... just be yourself!
"We`re trying not so much to impress other people but to maintain a view of ourselves that is consistent with the way they would like us to be," Feldman said. We want to be agreeable, to make the social situation smoother or easier, and to avoid insulting others through disagreement or discord.