Who hasn’t told a little white lie so you didn’t have to meet someone for lunch or go to a party? Actually, occasionally telling a white lie may be helpful when you are managing your interpersonal relationships. However, one of the fundamental aspects of healthy relationships is being able to trust and depend on the other person, so chronic lying can get you in trouble. In fact, excessive lying can be considered a character flaw.
When would it be OK to lie to someone? Here are a few instances when you can be perhaps justified to lie:
- If what you say would be downright hurtful, you may want to fudge the truth.