Philadelphia, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/09/2014 -- 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.”
Human nature demonstrates that some people lie all the time. However, for compulsive liars, telling a falsehood is a default action. Consider a study conducted by University of Massachusetts researcher Robert Feldman, which demonstrates how reflexive the act of lying is for many people. Though it may be troubling to hear a toddler telling a tall tale, lying is actually proof of cognitive development and children often learn how to excel at the act of lying from their parents. Well-respected studies in which children have been observed in social interactions, 4-year-olds fibbed at least once every two hours, while six-year-olds could only make it 90 minutes before spinning a falsehood.
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.
Lying is definitely worse if you are part of the 35% of active internet users who are looking for love on an internet dating site. According to a respected study by Scientific American, it states that a whopping 90% of people looking for a date online consciously lie in their profiles; an unbelievable fact. The biggest “fib” told by the ladies is an obvious one; on average, women claim to weigh 8.5 pounds less than they actually do. The guys, on the other hand, men try to use their exaggerated profile information in order to convince potential partners that they are taller, richer, and/or better educated than they actually are.
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.’
75% of people admit to lying to loved ones about money in particular. The tendency to tell tales is “a very natural human trait,” explains David L. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at the University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine. “It lets you manipulate the way you want to be seen by others.”
People assume that when is lying they hide their face and avoid eye contact. In fact, the opposite is true. 'Liars usually do everything they can to convince you, sitting still and looking at you to watch your reaction. 'People overestimate their skills in this area.' These findings emerged in a 20th Century Fox poll.
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