Lying: Psychology and Human Lie

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Lying is part of human nature, no one has to be taught how to lie or take classes on how to lie. According to renowned British Psychologist Prof. Richard Wiseman, everyone is born naturally with the ability to lie and every organism knows how to lie. Findings of Wiseman's research showed that 40% of three-year old who have just learnt to speak lies. Therefore, lying is a very interesting topic in psychology. The biopsychologist perspective is one of the five contemporary perspectives. They focus on how our genes, hormones, and nervous system interact with our environment to influence learning, personality, memory, motivation ,emotions and coping techniques.( Smith et al. , 2003) it related behavior to the brain, and genetics. The biopsychologist would explain lying in terms of the bodily structures and biochemical process that causes the behavior of lying. The biopsychologists would describe the behavior of lying using the relationship between biological process and behavior. They would say that we lie because our brain tells us that we need to lie. They would explain why we lie due to the command of our brain, the element of lying is coded in our genetic codes. Any organism that wants to survive in this world will need to lie, therefore the ability of lying is coded into our genetics and passed down in the gene pool to make sure homo-sapiens keep survive in this world. This school of psychologists would say that lying is a basic necessity to keep staying alive. Even animals will lie, to get food or to search for mate, this is the basic and most fundamental use of lying. It is because our brain tells us that we have to survive, that we develop the ability to lie. Human being evolved through time, survived under natural selection ( Charles Darwin's principle that says survival of the fittest) through times and times of evolution, the ability of lying remains because it is an effective strategy for human survival. It is essential for any organism, including...
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