LIVING

Is January The Month For Lying? 10 Common Fibs We Tell

01/17/2012 10:59 EST
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Face it: you'll probably lie today.

Maybe you'll lie to your co-workers about your after-work plans was or maybe you'll tell your partner that dinner was delicious -- but your stomach would say otherwise.

You're not alone: a recent poll claims that people in the United Kingdom lie an average of seven times a day in January, the most compared to any other month, according to a report by Express News.

Out of the 2,000 adults surveyed, many also tend to use the winter months to make illness excuses or take days off work, and almost 50 per cent of adults created excuses when it comes to socializing, according to the poll, which was conducted for the release of "Lie To Me" on DVD.

We often lie, some even 657 times a year, to protect ourselves in situations, to not hurt others or sometimes, to spice up the truth. All while understanding that deception can have devastating consequences to our relationships and our reputations.

Being deceptive can also affect our health as well -- lying causes the release of stress hormones, which over time can lead to coronary artery disease, stroke, and congestive heart failure.

But although we know that morally, deception is considered wrong, "lying is different for everyone," says Vancouver-based therapist Lee Joseph Lourdeaux. "Sometimes it's appropriate to lie," he says.

Some even say a little self-deception can be a good for us. "Study after study shows that most people think they are a little bit better looking and a little bit funnier, a little bit more moral than they are," journalist Ian Leslie told the National Post. She says these studies reveal lying can also lead to aspirations and motivation -- in other words, it helps us become the person we think we are.

And lying is also apparently a coming-of-age marker of sorts for kids. "Children's lies are a sign that they have reached an important milestone in their life," says Kang Lee, professor and director of the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto to the Toronto Star. "Children's lies and their sophistications of lies only reflect better cognitive development in terms of executive functioning -- the ability to pay attention, to plan, to control impulses and to switch readily between tasks -- and their ability to read another person's mind."

Now, even though there's no way to tell for sure what's on someone's mind, here are some common situations many of us end up lying about. .And if you're looking for ways to spot a liar in the room, check out the video below.

10 things we lie about -- do any of them sound familiar? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.

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