Almost seEveryone has told a lie or been lied to. However, if this habit of lying is difficult to stop, or has become part of a person's personality traits, then lying often is one of the characteristics of a psychological disorder.
There are a variety of reasons why someone lies, ranging from avoiding bad feelings, feeling more appreciated, or impressing others. There is also a type of lying that is often referred to as a lie for good (white lies). In general, all kinds of lies have unfavorable consequences.
Medically, there are several things that are thought to play a role in causing why someone often lies, such as abnormalities in the brain due to physical injury or congenital abnormalities. Psychologically, often lying can be a sign of mental disorders, such as personality disorders and obsessive disorders, even psychopaths.
Signs of People Lying
Experts believe that someone who is lying can be recognized by an unconscious facial expression. The expression is driven by the muscles around the eyebrows, forehead, and lips. When lying is something emotional, the signs will be more obvious.
A later study compared facial expressions between people who lied and those who told the truth.
When telling the truth, the muscles around the eyes and mouth contract more. Meanwhile, liars seem to experience more muscle contractions around the forehead and cheeks. The forehead that looks clearly furrowed when someone speaks, is one sign that his honesty is being questioned.
However, there are some faces that look innocent. This face can fool other people who think he is always telling the truth, even though it's actually not.
These innocent faces generally look symmetrical between the right and left sides, look attractive with large eyes, have smooth skin and a wide forehead that matches the shape of their chin, or are often categorized as having a baby face or a baby face. baby face.
Because it is difficult to tell whether someone is telling the truth or lying, there are now several types of psychological tests (psychotes) that can be used to determine whether a person has a tendency to lie or tell the truth.
Often Lying Cangdisturbing health
It turns out that lying not only has a social impact, but also affects health conditions. Researchers link, the habit of lying can increase the risk of anxiety disorders, depression, gambling addiction, as well as the risk of cancer and obesity. In addition, lying can also reduce the quality of interpersonal relationships and job satisfaction.
How did it happen? This is due to the increased stress on a person when lying. There is an emotional and physical burden that a liar feels. Moreover, lying often has to be followed by another lie.
Another study confirms this. It was said that someone who tried to tell the truth had better relationships and had fewer health problems. Apparently, improvements in relationships can improve health conditions.
Also be careful lying if you have children, because one researcher believes, children learn this from their parents. When a child hears a parent lying, then he will consider it permissible. Be aware that lying is becoming a dangerous habit.
Honesty isn't always fun, but telling or hearing lies is even more painful. Tell the truth while working your way out. As much as possible avoid telling lies for better health conditions and social relationships.
If you or someone you know has a tendency to lie and is difficult to stop, it is advisable to see a psychiatrist or psychologist to find out more about the reasons for the habit. This may be a sign of a mental disorder.