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New Study Finds People May Actually Lie to Appear More Honest

According to a new study from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Chicago, and UCLA, people may actually lie to appear honest when they’ve performed extremely well at a task and believe not lying would hurt them — and it turns out they may be right to do so. “Our findings suggest that when people obtain extremely favorable outcomes, they anticipate other people’s suspicious reactions and prefer lying and appearing honest over telling the truth and appearing as selfish liars,” the authors write in their paper, published this week in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

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