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Why do people lie?

Fear and Greed – Two main reasons why people Lie As children and even as adults we are told that lying is bad. Sayings such as ‘Honesty is the Best Policy’ and ‘The Truth shall Set You Free’ are stumbled across frequently, yet people still lie. Why? We all lie. In fact, we even lie about lying! A study mentioned in 60% of People Can’t Go 10 Minutes Without Lying showed that even liars themselves were shocked to see that they had lied at least three times during a brief interview. They are often small lies to make us feel better about ourselves however sometimes there is a deeper meaning behind this. Fear of Losing Something Sometimes we know that telling the truth will cause us to lose something we value and it can automatically make us turn into liars. Children who know that their favourite toy or TV time will be taken away after admitting to breaking the vase would rather choose to lie, as much as men would rather lie about having an affair than admit it for fear of losing their wife and children. In some situations we even shift blame to another person rather than face the consequences. The long-term effects of this scenario are that people lose their abilities to be responsible and deal with the bigger challenges in life. In addition it keeps them from forming close relationships with the people whom they pass the blame to and they risk losing their credibility and reputation. Fear of Conflict We also lie in order to avoid uncomfortable situations, especially if it makes the other person feel guilty or embarrassed. How many times have you lied about your wife’s new hairstyle? […]

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The Long Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Lack of sleep can have serious impacts on our well-being, both in the short and long term. Living in a society where there is just too much work to be done, children to look after, parties to attend, movies to watch and so on, it seems that inadequate sleep is a common problem. When we do not get enough sleep, the short term effects are immediately obvious. For one, we become groggy and unable to focus on our tasks and responsibilities. We also can be grumpy and easily irritated by even the smallest nuances. These effects by themselves are dangerous and scary, but the long term effects of sleep deprivation on our body, mind, and overall health are much more concerning. Sleep Deprivation and Obesity There have been a number of studies conducted on the links between sleep deprivation and weight gain.   There is a strong connection between how much sleep we get and how much weight we gain for the following reasons:   Hunger – When you are tired, you tend to eat more because the body wants to compensate for the energy used whilst staying up all night. Food choices – Sleep-deprived people tend to go for foods which are high in calorie, like processed and junk foods. Energy – If you are tired then you’re less likely to have the energy to exercise and burn off all the fat that you have eaten. All of the above points can contribute to gradual weight gain over a period of time. Sleep Deprivation and Cardiovascular Diseases Long term sleep deprivation is also known to be linked with the development of heart and cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. An article conducted on […]