We all know that we lie – about big things and little things. Heck, many of us with small children just came off of a whole season of good-natured lying about the corporeality of the jolly fat man in the red suit. And many of us might have fudged the truth a little with those lovely affirmations and resolutions about going to the gym daily or giving up chocolate until summer.
But most of all – we lie to ourselves, according to a Duke University researcher.
In his book, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves, Duke researcher and behavioral economist Dan Ariely tells us how everyone lies a little while a much smaller group lie excessively. That was his conclusion after about 30,000 interviews and experiments.
In December 2012, a Gallup poll about how the public views the honesty of certain professions rated nurses as most honest and car salespeople as the least. Clergy ranked at 52 percent honesty and journalists ranked at 24 percent, just for full disclosure.