Reasons Why People Are Not Honest

Introduction:Billy Joel sang about it. Most people consider it to be one of the most important attributes to have. Sometimes though, we are not honest. Here are 5 reasons why.

  • 01

    Personal Weakness

    The inability to be honest is a personal weakness. Often you are unable to be honest because you are too weak to face the truth about a situation.

  • 02

    Deceptive Personality

    Some people lack honesty because they are just a deceptive person and being honest is a trait that they do not care to possess. Often this kind of person goes through life using and abusing others.

  • 03

    Sensitivity to Another

    Some people may refrain from speaking honestly out of fear of hurting someone elses' feelings. There are ways to be honest without being intentionally cruel and once a person can learn that, their relationship can be stronger.

  • 04

    Denial

    Many people go through their lives in a state of denial. Wearing rose-colored glasses makes it easier for them to cope and although they may think they are honest, they are not seeing life as it is so they cannot be honest.

  • 05

    Control

    People are sometimes not honest because they are trying to manipulate a situation. If they were honest, their attempts at control would not be successful.




Final Thoughts

Honesty is not always easy but it can enrich a relationship and bring it to a deeper, more spiritual place. It takes courage and love to do it right but it is worth the effort.


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  • LillyP 5/7/2012 Flag This Comment

    This is a very good list. Thanks for sharing!

  • pamperedpen 5/7/2012 Flag This Comment

    Excellent article on why people are not honest. H5

  • hummingbirdee 3/5/2012 Flag This Comment

    So true!

  • clewand550 1/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    Nice list of reasons why people are dishonest. I have to admit, that I don't like to hurt people's feelings so may fall into that category.

  • ListMaker 1/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    I will not lie as I think it's just horribly embarrassing to be caught in a lie. I tell the truth but do couch it sometimes so I don't hurt feelings.

  • PriscillaBenfield 1/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    Toymaker- I am blessed to have such a trusting relationship with my husband that on the occasion where I really screw up a meal, he can honestly tell me and I do not take offense. There are ways of being honest without being hurtful.
    Penelope- I was raised to believe with many of those traits you speak of. "To thine own self be true" says it all.

  • toymaker 1/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    You know how when you make a really terrible dinner (you can barely choke it down!) and your husband tells you it's great and eats his portion-and yours (just to show you how great he thinks it is!)....and deep down you feel that he's lying but you really don't care, as at least somebody ate that garbage? What is your opinion on how to handle those types of situations? Is your husband being dishonest...or nice????

  • penelope7 1/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list of dishonest traits. My father always said "if you lie you will steal, if you still you'll kill". Many have been guilty of the 'lesser' lie but if one is willing to really check out themselves deep inside, they just wouldn't lie and stealing seems a little sicker. Sociopaths don't get it. H5

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