Each week for 10 weeks, 110 individuals, ages 18-71, took a lie detector test and completed health and relationship measures assessing the number of major and minor lies they told that week, says lead author Anita Kelly, a psychology professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She presented findings at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, which ended Sunday. Researchers instructed half the participants to “refrain from telling any lies for any reason to anyone. You may omit truths, refuse to answer questions, and keep secrets, but you cannot say anything that you know to be false.” The other half received no such instructions. Over the study period, the link between less lying and improved health was significantly stronger for participants in the no-lie group, the study found. When participants in the no-lie group told three fewer minor lies than they did in other weeks, for example, they experienced, on average, four fewer mental-health complaints and three fewer physical complaints. Mental health complaints included feeling tense or melancholy; physical complaints included sore throats and headaches.
The average person lies about 11 times a day, and will slip in at least two dishonesties in a 10-minute conversation, according to lying expert Robert Feldman. New research suggests that this widespread insincerity is taking a toll on more than just your good reputation and, in fact, may play a significant role in your health. Whats more, you may be able to lower your risk of sore throats, colds, and headaches just by learning to tell the truth.
The Power of Sincerity for Your Health
Part of Sigmund Freuds 1904 Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis was that complete honesty was required from patients for their cure. He may have been on to something, as evidenced by research presented at the 2014 national convention of the American Psychological Association. The study, which was carried out by two University of Notre Dame professionals as part of their Science of Honesty project, followed 72 adults for …
To assert our goal to become healthy, we have to be honest in the admission of our woundedness. Listening to our body’s signals is the first step in accessing the damage. This is the foundation on which salvation can take place. But again, considering that we rise and fall everyday in very practical terms, salvation doesn’t have to be only thought of in religious terms. When we seek lasting health, we listen and look to our bodies first to bear witness to our lapses. By allowing our bodies the space to speak, we surrender to love, knowing that our health depends on the power and grace of love in order to accept the true nature of human health: to maintain the ability to serve. Please Read this Article at Articles.Mercola.com