COLORS OF LIES: AN EVALUATION OF THE DEFINITION AND TYPES OF THE LIES

Abstract

Author(s): Muhammed ?├╝kr├╝ AYDIN

The number of studies conducted in the field of psychology in terms of lie-telling has increased rapidly in the last years. Many of the studies have attempted to clarify the cognitive and social factors that underlie the ability to telling lies and investigated the factors associated with lie telling. For a variety of topics such as the why people tell lies in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, the intention to tell lies, and the consequences of lie telling have been also discussed. Researchers’ attempts of defining different lies such as white, black, pink, blue and gray lie, in a way, show that they have made choices from the color spectrum. Nevertheless, although similar concepts were used in the studies conducted with both children and adults, it was drawn attention that the meanings expressed by these concepts were different from each other. However, this situation leads to confusion about the lies. Additionally, it is also noteworthy that the researches on lying in Turkey are still in the beginning. Eventhough, in our country, the lack of studies can be considered to be a deficiency, this also brings with it another advantage of not having similar conceptual complications. Therefore, the aim of this study was to create a basic point of view for researchers who are interested in why people lie and the factors that are related to different lies, by identifying lies, types of lies and classification of lies.

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