The Pandemic of Deception

World has faced many pandemics throughout history that lasted for years and decades resulting in the loss of many lives and destroying economies and societies that includes the Flu Pandemics, The Bubonic Plague, The Cholera Pandemic and current Corona Virus Pandemic etc. Although these pandemics are visible and are taken care of one way or another, there is one pandemic that’s hidden, has affected human beings for as long as humans have existed, and is far more severe, fatal, and harmful to human existence than any other. That is the Pandemic of Deception.

Lying has existed as long as humans have been started communicating. From an infant who fakes his/her crying in order to get attention to an adult lying to secure his/her place in an organization, humans lie in order to be on the safe side. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, organizations around the world lose approximately 3.5 trillion dollars due to deception. Aside from that, government collapses, relations suffer, deviance takes place, even deaths occur as a result and I haven’t even started the list.

In the past, there have been ways to identify lying like using polygraphs, blood pressure and breathing monitors, voice stress analyzers, eye trackers, infrared brain scanners or electroencephalogram but with few preparations, we can easily trick these technologies. Now, whether it’s an organization or an individual trying to spot lying, we have much better, easy and accessible way to spot lies and that is through communication sciences.

It is known that human conscious mind controls 5% of our cognitive functions including communication. Other 95% occurs beyond our awareness. Now with this much percentage of unconscious activity, plenty of our signals is leaked. These leakages are the keys to identifying whether a person is lying or not. According to the literature on reality monitoring, stories based on imagined experience are qualitatively different from those based on real experience. So there is a different pattern of language in lies and truth.

According to Linguistic Text Analysis, there are four common patterns that are seen in the subconscious language of deception;

  • Liars refer themselves less when making a false statement and usually distant themselves from the subject of topic by using third person as a reference.
  • Liars write or say more negative words while lying as in their subconscious level, they feel guilty about lying.
  • Judgment and evaluation are complex things for our brain to compute so liars make simple statements when lying.
  • Although the statement might be simple, they use long sentence structures adding unnecessary words and irrelevant details to path the lie.

Behind these patterns of lies, we get the truth. But that doesn’t means that we should misuse these findings and lie intellectually. No matter how good observer you are, you cannot perfect the art of lying. Well of course if you are a politician or a beautiful girl that knows how to fake her tears, then that’s a different case. But overall, lying isn’t the solution towards a happy ending. Lying is a weak thread that may hold things for a short period of time but it’ll rot and break things apart before you know it. Instead, truth is a chain strengthened with trust and honesty that will never break apart. So don’t let a weak thread be foundation of your success.

It’s Jabir… See you around.

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