Lying Liars’ Lies, Part Deux

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lying.JPGI know we talked a little about lies in a recent blog, but here’s another little tidbit from a different angle.

A new study from the Josephson Institute of Ethics suggests a strong connection between dishonest teens and dishonest adults. If you make a habit of lying or cheating in your high school years, the study says, then most likely you’re going to be one of those who cheats on his taxes or lies to their spouse.

Isn’t that what dear old Mom always said would happen?

Now, I know we’ve all told a wee fib or two in our lifetimes.  But this study is speaking of people who lie on a much more consistent basis. I’ve known a handful of people in my life who established an unhealthy habit of lying when they were kids, and then had an extremely hard time trying to break the pattern later. In fact, two of those falsehood-favoring few would readily lie at any point of duress even if they knew the truth was just around the corner. Both had an eventual face-first meeting with reality that cost them dearly and hurt others too.

Here’s the kicker. The Josephson study also found that today’s teens, 17 and younger, are five times more likely than the last generation to believe that lying and cheating are necessary to succeed. Hmmmm.

Who wrote this?

Bob Hoose is a senior associate editor for Plugged In, a producer/writer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, a writer of plays and musicals and one-half of the former comedy/drama duo Custer & Hoose. He is a husband, father of three and a relatively new granddad.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  MountainMom:

I was one of those children whose parents told the infamous "little white lie" on a regular basis, to protect feelings or get out of an undesirable position. I ended up being a teen and young twenty-something who relied on lies and deception as a way to get what I wanted. It in no way surprises me by your discoveries in this post. Just as a parent who cusses cannot "instruct" their child not to use such language, or a parent who smokes cannot effectively teach their kids to "just say no." It doesn't work like that. A child's morality and integrity is caught, not taught.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Coram_Deo:

I hate how it seems that integrity has become as rare as gold.  I guess a lot of us have been influenced to hold back the truth because "the truth hurts".  That may be true, but a lie destroys.  

"A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies."-Proverbs 14:5