For many people, the so-called little white lies are considered permissible and harmless. It has to do with the fact that those who say them believe they are doing so with good reason. However, these lies can have consequences that are often underestimated.

Lies are more frequent in our daily lives than ever. However, in the minds of some people at least, not all lies are the same. Deliberately lying in a harmful or deceptive way to cause harm or cover up a transgression is viewed as wrong by most people. However, some other types of lies, including white lies, are not.

The damage caused by “white lies”

These little white lies are intended to avoid unnecessarily hurting a friend, relative, or colleague. It can also happen simply because you feel that the truth is simply not important.

However, the truth about lies is that they are color blind. Therefore, putting the words blank and shortly before a lie does not make it any less bad than other types of lies.

Why does this happen? There are a number of good reasons why white lies are more harmful than you might think. Below you can learn about some of the damages caused by these lies.

1. If someone can lie about small things, they are likely to lie about bigger things

As is the case with many things in life and in the world, they start small but grow and expand. Lies are no different. What begins with little lies, over time can turn into behaviors and ways of life. You tell another and another, with each one, it is getting easier and easier. Eventually, you’re telling bigger and bigger lies without even blinking about it.

2. Lies equals dishonesty regardless of size

For most people, your reputation is important. Dishonesty is not good for your reputation. For example, in business, people will choose to buy products or use your services based on what they are told. If you get caught in even a little lie, it can cause problems that are hard to rectify.

Even if you tell your wife or friend that their really bad idea is “good,” just because you don’t want to be negative, you still aren’t being honest with them. Honesty is important for your reputation and also for the relationships you have with others, whether personal or business, since the idea that is forged of you depends on what you show, and many times white lies are easy to detect , but very difficult to clean from someone’s image.

3. White lies, even the smallest ones can cause others to look foolish.

Often times, as we noted at the beginning, people tell white lies because they want to avoid hurting someone they care about and love. Often, however, this is actually counterproductive .

For example, you avoid being honest about someone in their ability to sing and book an open mic or perform in front of the general public. What’s the score? You could be exposing that person to make fun of him or her. Because it is evident that it does not sing well, and people who are not emotionally involved in it are not going to forgive its feelings.

It is far better to use tact and be honest with them than to pretend that they sing like an angel just to avoid hurting their feelings.

4. White lies distort reality

Even when you tell a little white lie, that doesn’t seem like a big deal. For example, you say that you cannot help a friend because of back problems. At the same time, you know very well that you have no back problems. Once you’ve told that lie, unless you want to confess and explain that you were just making an excuse, you will begin to expose the lie.

This creates a distorted reality. Unless you want to be completely honest with that friend (or in other situations and examples), you should continue to pretend with him.

Simply put, lies are not true. So, when you tell little lies in life, your life becomes less and less honest and is filled with fictional nuances, which on many occasions, you will have to sustain in order to protect your deception.

5. White lies, like other lies, are eventually discovered

When you are building a world of dishonesty, even little white lies here and there, they will eventually catch up with you or get caught. No matter how well you think you’ve done, most liars are eventually unmasked.

Therefore, it is best to be honest as much as possible and avoid becoming entangled in these webs of little half-truths and white lies that many people think are okay.

Hopefully, the previous article has shown how damaging so-called white lies can be to life and your relationships. It might take more guts and strength of character to be honest, but your friends, relatives, and other people in your life will certainly appreciate and respect you more for it.

If the alternative is to keep telling lies and lead an increasingly distorted life. In the end, you will find yourself believing that things that are not true are reality.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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