Saturday, 28 February 2009

Saturday 9: Liar Liar

Here's my answers to this week's questions from the Saturday 9 Meme:

1. What is the last "white" lie that you told?
Someone at work this week asked me what I bought while I was out shopping the previous night and I omitted mentioning buying comic books for fear of ridicule.

2. Can you forgive a liar?
Yes, although it depends on the lie.

3. Do you tend to exaggerate or underestimate?
In a lies context, I'd guess I tend to underestimate, i.e. I hold back information; that way I can still semi-convince myself that I'm being honest.

4. Do you hold a grudge?
Very rarely.

5. What's the biggest lie you've ever told?
I don't think I've ever told any really big lies.

6. Are there times that you feel that it is okay to lie?
Yes, if the lie isn't for the benefit of the liar, but even then, I still think honesty would be the better policy.

7. Did you ever end a relationship because of lies?

8. Do you think you can tell when someone is lying to you?
Probably not.

9. Have you been caught lying?
Not that I can recall.


Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

If you've never been caught lying, you must be good at it! Enjoy your SAturday... ;)

Mimi Lenox said...

Is lying by omission still lying? Food for thought...

A Blog In The Rough said...

The fox channel here in the U.S. just came out with a show a few weeks ago called "Lie To Me" based in Washington, DC, about a group of FBI/CIA like ppl who have a really good grip on telling when ppl are lying or telling the truth. They get hired to help investigate crimes etc, and they show facial examples during the show. I now am an expert at lying and telling if others are lying after only 3 shows, lol.

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Thanks for the comments.

Bud - I suspect the fact that I can't recall an instance probably just means I've got a bad memory. Hope you enjoyed your Saturday too.

Mimi - Well, it's not necessarily lying, but it's not telling the full story either. I guess whether it's deceitful depends on whether the listener has a right to know. Over in the UK, being "economical with the truth" is a euphemism for deceitful.

Blog In The Rough - I read a book last year, Derren Brown's "Tricks of the Mind", that had a section on how to tell when somebody was lying, but I still don't have a clue if someone's lying to me. To be honest, I'm not sure how useful it would be; if I knew someone was lying to me, I'd be wary of accusing them of being a liar, just in case I'd misread things, and if I did confront them with it they'd probably just deny it (after all, they're a liar) and it could just make things worse. Depending on the lie, it might be better for me to just carry on in blissful ignorance.