Whenever the word Lie comes up it reminds me of a famous 1940’s American animated musical fantasy film produced by the famous Walt Disney which was based on the Italian children novel ‘The adventures of pinocchio’. The old wood carver makes a wooden puppet which he named Pinocchio. Later Pinocchio was brought to life by a fairy which indicated him that he could become a real boy only if he follows the morals of truthfulness, bravery and unselfishness. Getting it short, pinocchio’s nose grows with each lie he tells until the point came when he was unable to enter into a room. The story was basically based on teaching the basic morals to children and thus adapting them in their lives.

haroon christyMr. Haroon Christy Munir is the Director of Sadaqat Clinic Lahore and also working as Counselor at Willing Ways (pvt) Ltd. He has done Masters in Business Administration from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad and afterwards M.Sc Management from Leeds business School, United Kingdom. He is well known for counseling on assertiveness, life strategies, personality development of patients and family therapy. He has positive approach and attitude towards life and is skilled in personal development planning, time management and prioritization.

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To some degree, we are OK with our lies. Interestingly lying is well thought-out to be a sign of an intellect brain and cognitive skills. This is because it is an ability to perceive the present and alternate that with a current reality. Fascinatingly we exercise the ability to lie quite much and it is a gift unique to humans.  We not only deceive others but we also start believing something which is not true. The actual reason behind this is because the motivation we have for lying is closely linked with self-preservation and self-esteem. Humans actually lie because they want to present the best out of them to the world as a perfect being.


This way they think that their not so perfect actual-being gets away with the consequences. This results in believing that we may lie regarding our accomplishments and skills so that others keep on respecting us more and more or in simple words covering up mistakes so we don’t lose respect. One very obvious reason to lie is to avoid punishments and sometimes we do so in order to avoid hurting someone else’s feeling. In returns it results in an additional benefit of maintaining your valued opinion in the eyes of others. According to David.L.Smith PhD., associate professor of philosophy at university of New England Biddeford “The tendency to tell tales is a very natural human trait. It lets you manipulate the way you want to be seen by others”.