Psychologist Michael Lewis’s book Lying and Deception in Everyday Life, lists some of the most common lies men tell women:
‘Me? I graduated top of my class.’ A classic case of the runaway male ego. Men have a hard time admitting failure. How our culture defines success is important to a man, so he assumes it’s important to his partner.
‘Of course I like your friends!’ Women aren’t as cautious as they should be when flattered. If a man insists that his wife’s parents, dog or kids are wonderful, she should observe if he actually wants to spend time with them.
‘Darling, you’re the best.’ In the first rush of romance, it makes sense for a man to engage in exaggerated praise of a woman’s beauty and sexuality. But these lies can paralyse a relationship.
‘No, I can’t call you. I don’t even know where I’ll be.’ These are the sad lies, the ones he tells because he’s falling out of love.