Being honest about dishonesty: Correlating self-reports and actual lying

Rony Halevy, Shaul Shalvi, Bruno Verschuere

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Does everybody lie? A dominant view is that lying is part of everyday social interaction. Recent research, however, has claimed, that robust individual differences exist, with most people reporting that they do not lie, and only a small minority reporting very frequent lying. In this study, we found most people to subjectively report little or no lying. Importantly, we found self-reports of frequent lying to positively correlate with real-life cheating and psychopathic tendencies. Our findings question whether lying is normative and common among most people, and instead suggest that most people are honest most of the time and that a small minority lies frequently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-72
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Communication Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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