Why do women lie? And does it matter whether it's a little white lie or an outright deception? Gayle talks to Susan Shapiro Barash about her book Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets and about what causes women to lie.
Susan says today's world forces women to lie. "I think that women lie not only more cleverly [than men do] but more often because in our society women are held to such a standard, and a lot of times, they have something to cover up." Susan says women are lying about their feelings, not just their behavior. "My theory is they use it as a survival technique and do it because they have been very good at doing it for so long," she says.
Susan says she wrote the book not to approve or disapprove of the act of lying, but to show that lying is becoming a big part of women's lives. "I wrote it as an exploration—I neither condemn nor condone [it]," she says. "I just note the way that women live their lives in this country and what they need to do to feel they aren't disempowered."
Susan shares a few different types of lies commonly used by women:
Published on January 01, 2008