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Experts say we all lie

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Do you ever wonder who is telling the truth and perhaps why people lie?

A conference called "Lying: The making of the world" that was sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University addressed these issues and much more last week.

Professionals from across the globe met to discuss the pitfalls and benefits of lying.

"What my research shows is that just about everyone lies," said Bella DePaulo, visiting professor of psychology at the University of Santa Barbara.

DePaulo also said we have resorted to studying the body language of political candidates largely because no one knows what to believe anymore.

"Sometimes our wishes about what we want to see in the candidate can be more powerful than how the candidate is acting or what they are saying," DePaulo said.

"It's not a good thing, but what can we do to help it," ASU senior Lauren Topor said in regards to politicians lying.

The experts say we all do it.

"I guess everyone lies," said Sergio Mendez, "At least most of my lies are because I am too afraid to hurt people."

Professor of psychology at the University of Queensland Bill Von Hippel said some people tell lies so that they'll believe the lies they tell other people.

"It's necessary, and the reason it's necessary is we not only lie to ourselves about specific details, we also lie to ourselves in general saying we are better, more moral, stronger, smarter, prettier people than we really are," Hippel said.

Hippel said that boosts our confidence.

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