Jul 20, 2020
If you’re pressured to answer a question, you will answer with a response designed to please the questioner even if its a lie. UC-Santa Barbara psychologists draw this conclusion after testing a total of 3,000 participants.
Research shows that the human mind has two processing components: the higher functioning, rational section and the more instinctive, animalistic section. Time pressure and stress spark visceral brain output which is often irrational and downright false.
We should all be aware that our human impulse to answer quickly can get us in deep trouble with our families as well as the law. When in doubt, the 5 most important words you can use are “let me think about it!”
John Protzko, Claire M. Zedelius, Jonathan W. Schooler. Rushing to Appear Virtuous: Time Pressure Increases Socially Desirable Responding. Psychological Science, 2019; 095679761986793 DOI: 10.1177/0956797619867939
#Impulsivity #lying #stress