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White lies keep relationships strong?

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New research revealed that telling white lies can strengthen social bonds. However, that’s if the lies are told specifically for the right reasons, according to a report.

For example, a positive fib would be lying about a friend looking good in a bad outfit or your friend’s awesome – but actually awful – haircut.

Pro-social lying – more commonly known as a white lie or fib – can actually be good for relationships by making another person feel good or protecting them.

But lying in order to get your way or to cover up a misdeed is an example of a bad lie, referred to as anti-social lying – which weakens the bond between people. Those are the types of lies that will hurt your relationships, according to psychologist Robin Dunbar who spoke with LiveScience.

Researchers and Dunbar conducted the study by creating a mathematical model. The model showed that people who tell anti-social lies over time will be isolated within their social networks from others.

Read more @ LiveScience

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