German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “The lie is a condition of life.” Depressing? Sure. But, as any woman who has ever been in any kind of relationship with any other human being on the planet can tell you, there’s a lot of truth in that statement.
Don’t despair, though. Even if lying is a condition of life, even if people lie all the time, forensic psychology tells us that there are some things we can do to protect ourselves—or at least to be able to tell when someone is lying to us.