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A lie could cost you everything!

June 30, 2021, 3:42 p.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 519 views)

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One Night 4 college students were playing till late night and could not study for the test which was scheduled for the next day.

In the morning they thought of a plan. They made themselves look dirty with grease and dirt. They then went up to the Dean and said that they had gone out to a wedding last night and on their return, the tire of their car burst and they had to push the car all the way back and that they were in no condition to appear for the test.

So the Dean said they could have the re-test after 3 days. They thanked him and said they would be ready by that time.

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On the third day, they appeared before the Dean. The Dean said that as this was a Special Condition Test, all four were required to sit in separate classrooms for the test. They all agreed as they had prepared well in the last 3 days.

The Test consisted of 2 questions with a total of 100 Marks.

See Below for the question Paper

Q.1. Name of the car??
............................(2 MARKS)

Q.2. Which tire burst? (98MARKS)
a)Front Left b)Front Right
a)Front Left b)Front Right

The above story is based on a true incident.

For most of us, the untruths we tell are not whoppers. They’re fibs that help ease the wheels of everyday social interactions.

Most of us have watched "The adventures of Pinocchio" by Walt Disney. Carlo Collodi, the author created a cultural icon Pinocchio whose nose kept growing longer as he told lies.

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Researchers confirm the 'Pinocchio Effect': When you lie, your nose temperature raises. ... When a person lies they suffer a "Pinocchio effect", which is an increase in the temperature around the nose and in the orbital muscle in the inner corner of the eye.

Some of us, however, lie so often that we don’t realize it. That’s when it becomes the sort of problem.

Researchers have tracked down how the brain makes lying easier as the lies build-up, providing biological evidence for why small lies often grow into larger ones.

The department of experimental psychology at the University College of London conducted a study to find the link between lying & brain activity. They found that when people were dishonest, activity in a part of the brain called the amygdala, the hub of emotional processing and arousal changed. That's because lying triggers emotional arousal and activates the amygdala, and with each additional lie, the arousal and conflict of telling an untruth diminish, making it easier to lie.

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They also found that the amygdala became less active when people lied to benefit themselves. In other words, self-interest seems to enhance dishonesty.

The researchers were even able to map out how each lie led to less amygdala activation and found that the decrease could predict how much the person’s dishonesty would escalate in the next trial.

A recent study in Nature Neuroscience found habitual lying can desensitize our brains from “feeling bad,” and may even encourage us to tell bigger lies in the future. "When we lie for personal gain, our amygdala produces a negative feeling that limits the extent to which we are prepared to lie.

The consequences of lying are not as simple as they might seem. People often think that lies breed contempt and guilt, but they do much more by destroying social networks and trust in a relationship.

But does the truth always set people free? Or can it be a huge, crazy-making pain? If I want to lie a little to get along, am I lying? This is a dilemma we all face virtually every day, whether we articulate it or not.

The answer is, the truth almost always sets us free. But not all situations demand the same level of openness.

The old saying "once a liar, always a liar" is a warning to all of us to stay clear of lying as far as possible because if you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.


Comments (2)

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Mini 9 months, 1 week ago
Interesting article!
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AnonymousUser 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Interesting article!