Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/10/2014 -- Paul Harold Dunn (April 24, 1924 – January 9, 1998) was a loved general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Dunn was widely considered one of the most dynamic speakers among the general authorities of the LDS Church during the 1970s and 1980’s.
Dunn compared his stories to parables — although they were not true stories, they were nevertheless valuable means of teaching gospel principles. In 1991, Dunn stated that he had, "not always been accurate" in his speeches and writings. When confronted with evidence that some of his stories were embellished, Dunn admitted that the stories were not completely true:
“I haven't purposely tried to embellish or rewrite history. I've tried to illustrate points that would create interest. I have been accused of activities unbecoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I confess that I have not always been accurate. For all of these mistakes I feel a deep sense of remorse, and ask forgiveness of any whom I may have offended. In making these acknowledgements, I plead for the understanding of my brethren and sisters throughout the Church.”
Consider the groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Basic and Applied Psychology by Robert Feldman. His researchers asked two strangers to talk for 10 minutes. The conversations were recorded, and then each subject was asked to review the tape. Before reviewing the footage, the subjects told researchers that they had been completely honest and accurate in their statements. However, once the tape rolled, the subjects were amazed to discover all the little lies that came out in just 10 minutes. According to Feldman, 60% of the subjects lied at least once during the short conversation, and in that span of time. Subjects told an average of 2.92 false things.
Men tell twice as many lies as women do. Researchers found that men tell six fibs a day on average to their partner, boss and work colleagues, but women come out with just three. The study of 2,000 Britons also revealed that the most common lie told by both sexes was: 'Nothing’s wrong, I'm fine.’
Men are likely to fib about having a drink and claiming that their partner's bottom doesn't look too big. Women lie about their latest shopping purchases. 83% of adults of both sexes said they could easily tell if their partner was lying. However, body language expert Richard Newman said: 'Most people can't read the signals.
Top lies men tell: 1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine. 2. This is my last drink. 3. No, your bum doesn't look big in that. 4. I had no signal. 5. My battery died. 6. Sorry, I missed your call. 7. I didn't have that much to drink. 8. I'm on my way. Top lies women tell: 1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine. 2. Oh, this isn't new, I've had it ages. 3. It wasn't that expensive. 4. It was in the sale. 5. I'm on my way. 6. I don't know where it is, I haven't touched it. 7. I didn't have that much to drink. 8. I've got a headache.
Every honest adult will tell you that lying is “wrong.” But when it comes to avoiding trouble, saving face in front of the boss, or sparing someone’s feelings, people find themselves doing it anyway. In fact, more than 80% of women admit to occasionally telling what they consider “harmless half-truths,” says author, Susan Shapiro Barash.
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