Sweat more in training so you’ll bleed less during the war.The Spartan sages
Like a Lie detector do you know how to tell when someone is lying to you?
If yes, then most likely you are a very good psychologist or a highly skilled detective.
If no, then you are like me. Unless you are a close friend and I’m well attuned to your behavior – and even then -I fear I’ll be hard-pressed to detect the symptoms of a liar.
Perhaps I’m naive this way? But I like to believe people tell the truth. Atleast most of the time, anyways.
I’m no stranger to many a white lie, and so I won’t sigh in dissatisfaction if someone did the same.
The type of lies I’m talking about here, are the ones dyed in dangerous black and not harmless white. Lies that could mean the difference between life and death,or success and failure.
Psychologists and detectives say you’re more likely to detect these lies if you are on the look out for symptoms like sweating and fidgeting. You have to keep in mind, however, these are also the symptoms of being anxious.
Being anxious–although sometimes a state exhibited by liars–is not only associated with lying. In fact, sometimes when I’m in the presence of beautiful intelligent women I find myself sweating and fidgeting like a liar indistress.
It’s also interesting to keep in mind that good liars do not exhibit these symptoms. Why? Because they are well practiced and are completely comfortable creating false realities. I read an insightfully fascinating article the other day and it claimed that criminals get better at lying the more they are interrogated. This is not hard to believe. It’s the law of Practice makes perfect in motion.
So what does all this mean for us? Does it mean we are simply at the mercy of black liars who are sure to leave our lives a mess? Are we all to become psychologists and detectives just so we can escape that ugly fate?
Not necessarily, because fortunately most people tell the truth and when they do tell a lie it’s in white.
Ofcoure philosophers and religious teachers will argue that lying is never good. That one should always tell the truth.
But like the ancient adage goes ‘The truth hurts.’ and most of us would rather not hurt anyone if we could.
Bite us if you must, but trust we have your well-being in mind.