“I’ll call you.”
“Let’s do lunch.”
“We really need to get together.”
“I’ll get back to you later today.”
“I tried to call you back, but you weren’t there, and I didn’t leave a message.”
“I’m almost finished with that project.”
Every day, in our personal and professional relationships, we make promises that we can’t or don’t intend to keep and issue statements that bear only a slight resemblance to truth. In fact, the practice of telling half-truths is so commonplace that we are barely conscious that we’re doing it or that it’s being done to us. We accept the fact that, whatever we call it—telling a white lie, exaggerating, or providing selective information—lying to each other in a variety of ways ...