Everyone lies. Even your kid. And it’s not the end of the world.
According to Bella De Paulo, PhD, a professor at the University of Virginia, no one—let me repeat, no one—can go three weeks without lying. She challenges her students to try this every year, and every year they fail.
“Everyday lies are really part of the fabric of social life,” DePaulo said in an interview with Psychology Today, adding that while some lies destroy relationships and trust, others serve to smooth over unpleasant situations or “protect fragile egos.”