We all know people who seem to make excuses without the circumstances, they just make them. You may tell a lie so you can give credibility to your excuse for not doing something, whatever it is. The person who drastically changes the truth or the person who blames others for their mistakes …

While there are many situations where people lie and make excuses, there are also many reasons behind them. Some may be obvious and others may surprise you. Some may even make you understand people a little better, instead of thinking that if they do it is because they are bad people.

Avoid the consequences

This is obvious to anyone of any age … If something can bring you negative consequences, then it is more than likely that you want to avoid it. How? Making excuses or lying. When mistakes are made, lies can be used to avoid problems, even if it is not the most honest way to act. Afterwards, excuses can be made so that in this way, uncomfortable situations are avoided again.

Manipulate the choices and behaviors of others

There are people who lie or make excuses just to get other people to act in a certain way. In this way their actions are manipulated and whoever does it benefits in some way. This is like politics … they lie to get votes or make excuses to lengthen issues.

Protect others we care about

Many people will lie to protect the perception of others. If the person is afraid that the truth will change the way they feel about the person, they are often willing to lie to prevent that from happening. One issue they fail to consider is that the repercussions will be even greater if they inevitably discover the truth.

Boost self-esteem

If a person does not feel good about himself … his level of self-esteem may be affected. They can lie in two ways: lies to make themselves look better or tell lies to make others look worse thinking that this will make them feel better. Obviously, neither way is suitable for an honest life.

Avoid embarrassment

This happens a lot because of social anxiety.  People imagine what others think of them. While this may be completely out of touch with reality, it is what you are imagining.  The person may lie and embellish a story, as they feel that what they would actually have to say is not good enough to be heard.

Avoid hurting the feelings of others

These are the lies we tell to avoid the feelings of others. These are the lies are what we convince ourselves and think that they do more good than bad, since the truth would harm people’s feelings and there is no reason to hurt the person for no reason … people think that It is a white lie with good will, but it is better to tell a truth that hurts than a lie that with the passage of time, it will hurt more.

Fear of conflict

It is not that someone is bad, but that they have been conditioned over time to develop this way of dealing with things to avoid conflicts. They don’t want to lie to the person, they just don’t want to fight them anymore. Learning safe and open communication can help stop these kinds of lies.

Fear of rejection

They go out on a date, meet a new group of friends, start a new job, and search for details about his life. This is related to the idea that they think they are not good enough for others and lie about their life just to try to be accepted by others. This, when discovering the lies, will generate even more rejection than if they had told the truth from the beginning. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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