How lying affect on people’s life

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How Lying Affects People’s Lives

Introduction

Lying is a common human behaviour that often involves a deliberate fabrication of truth with the intent to deceive. There are a wide range of reasons why people decide to lie. People tell lies due to pride, intent to manipulate others or fear of certain consequences. The consequences of lying are felt on a global scale. Over time, a number of studies have demonstrated that lying can have significant effects on people lives. Lying can affect people’s health, relationships and reputation (Harris 2013; Bok 2011).

Rationale

Almost everyone has told a lie or been lied to at some point in their lives. Although lying is a common human behaviour, many people generally do not give much attention to understanding how lying can affect their lives. Lying has become an accepted norm within the society. In some cases, it is even regarded as necessary or beneficial. In recent times, lying has not only become part of our political culture but also part of the culture in our corporate and educational systems (Bok 2011). For instance, studies have shown that cases of exam cheating are significantly on the rise (Perez-Pena 2012). This is evidently a symptom of a society that has not keenly taken in to consideration how lying can affect people’s lives. Therefore, there is need to examine how lying affects people’s lives.

Prior Knowledge

Some lies may seem harmless, however in the long-term they may become detrimental. For instance, when growing up we would ask our parents where babies come from. In most cases, they felt obliged to lie by making up stories so as to protect our innocence. Although these lies seemed innocuous, as we grew up they reinforced the belief that sometimes lying is okay.

Research Design

1. Research Questions

This study will seek to address the following research question;

How does lying affect people’s lives?

This research will explore how lying affects people’s lives in relation to their health, relationships and overall wellbeing

2. Methodology

This study will employ a qualitative research design. This research design employs different interpretative techniques which focus on decoding, describing and interpreting research issues so as to create meaning (Merriam 2009). Using a qualitative research design, the study will involve the collection of primary data through questionnaires and interviews. Questionnaires will be administered to 30 participants whereas interviews will be carried out with 6 participants. Both male and female participants from different cultural backgrounds will be involved in this study.

Some of the key research questions that participants will be asked during the study include;

  • How do you feel after discovering that a close friend or family member lied to you?

  • In what ways do you think lying has affects your relationships?

  • Do you believe there are harmless lies?

  • In what ways do you think lying has affects your overall wellbeing?

  • Does lying make you feel stressed or anxious?

  • In what ways do you think lying has affects your health?

Proposed Research Outcomes

This study hopes to create awareness on how lying affects people’s lives in relation to their health, relationships and overall wellbeing. Additionally, by conducting this study I hope to enhance my research skills in conducting interviews, collecting and analyzing data.

Literature Review

RESOURCE-Outline of literature review

Topic:How Lying Affects People’s Lives

-Lying, moral choice in public and private life.

Type of Resource: Book

How did you find the resource? Online search

Harvard reference:

Bok, S., 2011, Lying, moral choice in public and private life, Knopf Doubleday Publishing, New York.

Harris, M. 2013, Lying, Four Elephant Press, London

Relevant to Research Question(s):

How lying affects people’s lives in relation to their health, relationships and overall wellbeing?

Key points of relevance to this Research Question (in note –point form):

  • Examine the effects of lying in both the private and public domain

  • Explores the effects of lying on relationships, health and well-being of society.

References

Bok, S., 2011, Lying, moral choice in public and private life, Knopf Doubleday Publishing, New York.

Harris, M. 2013, Lying, Four Elephant Press, London

Merriam, S 2009, Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Perez-Pena, R. 2012, “Studies Find More Students Cheating, With High Achievers No Exception”, The New York Times, September 7 2012.