The 10 most common things men lie about
Whether they tell white lies or real whoppers, everyone bends the truth. Experts reveal the things men are most likely to fib about – and why.
A study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology assessing 80 online daters rated the accuracy of their dating profiles and found that men tended to lie about their height, saying they were taller than they actually were. In fact, a full 55 percent of men in the study fudged at least a little about their height. (If you think that’s bad, check out these 51 favourite facts you’ve always believed that are actually false.)
Most people struggle with being vulnerable, but some experts say men may have an especially complicated relationship with vulnerability because of the cultural emphasis on male “strength.” One way this self-protection shows up in relationships is a guy saying nothing’s wrong when he’s actually struggling with something, says Sara Stanizai, a licensed psychotherapist and the owner of Prospect Therapy. “Men often feel they should be able to handle something on their own and don’t want to ‘bother’ their partner will the inconvenience of their feelings.” Or they may be trying to avoid an argument: “I work with people of all genders, so I have seen this across the board,” says Stanizai. “One of the most common reasons people conceal something – intentionally or not – is to avoid conflict. Ironically, most partners say ‘I wish you had just said something sooner,’ and the conflict ensues anyway because the other person feels kept in the dark.” Are you and your partner often in conflict? Here are 13 normal fights that even happy couples have.