Some people lie about such insignificant stuff, like what they had for lunch, or say that they were sleeping when they were actually watching TV. Why do they do this? Has this ever been studied, and if so, what are the chances they can change? Especially if they are over 50 years old?
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Every habit we have is learnt. During our early developmental years we learn by copying adult behaviour. This is before we learn what is right and wrong. These behaviour patterns reside in our subconscious memory and most people do not even know why they do what they do. The right brain tries to rationalize the behaviour but generally when they say they don't know why they do things they are speaking the truth. To someone who has learnt a different behaviour pattern this would not make sense as their left and right brain patterns correspond.