Lies and Popularity

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Psychologists from the University of Massachusetts, USA, Robert S. Feldman found an association between lies and popularity among students (young people). Research conducted by Robert S. Feldman was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.

"We found that the lies perpetrated by the student indicates that the student actually has the capability of high social control," says Feldman.

Feldman conducted a study of 32 parents of middle and top level students aged between 11 to 16 years, and provides a questionnaire that contains a variety of information about the activities of their children, social relationships, and the ability of their children at school. Based on these data, students were divided into two groups, which have a low level of socialization, and groups that have a high degree of socialization. The students in both groups were asked one by one to test the savory flavors in a sweet drink, and drink and drink sour odor. Then they were asked to convince the inspectors that they liked or did not like what they are drinking. This allows the student makes a correct statement and one false statement.

Activity was recorded in the form of video and edited in a balanced into certain parts. To 48 students demonstrated record 64th test activities to evaluate the effectiveness of the students to express their reactions when tasting drink served in a test. The result was contrary to the drinking test performed, age, gender of the students who were tested, and social skills as pre said parents of students tested.

"We want to get that high social skills that will make a person more easily delude others, or that being a liar would make someone more famous," said Feldman.

Research shows that adolescents are better able to lie adolesen compared with younger adolescents. Young women are also found to be more able to lie than young men. At all levels of age and sex, those who had higher social skills were more potentially significant to be a big liar. When lying, they are more able to control facial expressions, gestures, tone of voice, and eye contact. While they are not good socialization skills, had little difficulty in controlling his behavior when lying.

"This study shows us that it is not realistic if we always hope that people will always tell the truth. Actually we do not want to accept this fact. Children at a young age to always be thinking and saying sweet manners in all situations, despite the fact that they say not a real honesty. allow them to be well received by his environment, getting a place, and the more popular ", says Feldman.

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