January 31, 2005
To determine why some individual are better deceivers (liars) than others, there are many things which come to mind on why this might be. The theory I thought that would best work is one I created called the sibling theory. One of the biggest reasons I decided upon this one would be because of my experiences growing up and being able to deceive my sister and parents. I can recall several times that I was able to successfully deceive my parents and sister on where I was going or what I had been doing or something to that effect, and I think it is related to all the experience and practice I had with deception growing up in my household. By my experiences, this theory is one that could be very successful and helpful to others when trying to determine if they are being deceived or not.
The sibling theory takes into account if a person has siblings and relates it to their ability to deceive. In the theory, it states that those who have siblings tend to be better liars than those who are their parent’s only child. The reasoning behind this theory is that those who grow up as an only child don’t have typically have as much experience deceiving as those who have siblings. If you have a sibling, you will tend to want to deceive your sibling and your parents as well and in this theory, experience leads to being able to better understand how to deceive others.
There are several reasons in which why those who have siblings will be better liars than those who don’t. If someone grows up with siblings they have a lot more practice in deception and that practice can translate to perfection. When someone has a sibling, it gives them a scapegoat to blame things on if they don’t want to take the heat
for something. A sibling also gives someone the opportunity to pull fast ones over their other sibling. When someone has a sibling, they get the first hand experience to test things out to see what other people will potentially believe, and then can use the information in the long term to become successful deceivers. Without having a sibling, one has significantly less experience and things to lie about, and with the minimal experience, someone would tend not to be as successful as someone with a lot of experience.
In regards to predicting future events, the sibling theory might not be the most effective of ones. If a group of random individuals were selected, the sibling theory couldn’t gauge which of the individuals would be better at deception because there are
different variables that come to play that might make it hard to accurately predict someone’s deception ability. One of those variables might be that someone has a sibling
but there is a significant age difference between the two, like one sibling could be 12 or more years older than the other one. If there is a significant age difference like that, a child might not get the same experiences with testing deception like someone who was a lot closer in age with their sibling. Age differential between siblings is another huge factor that comes into play that could have a big role on the accuracy of the theory because it could skew the results.
There are many ways to go about finding out the testable hypotheses with my theory, but in my case I chose to use the self report aspect to find out how many siblings each individual would have. On the self report I would have them answer a question asking if they have any siblings and if so how many, as well as the age differential between the siblings so I could gauge if there was any kind of correlation between that. I
also would have a question to ask those who had siblings if they deceived their siblings when they were younger. In order to figure out ones ability to deceive, the participants would go through a test where they would try to convince an individual that some money found laying on the ground was money they misplaced, when in essence it wasn’t even their money to begin with. Another option for a test would be making the participants come up with an excuse as to why they didn’t it make on time to work and seeing if their
employer believed their excuse or not.
After recording the data from the studies of our experiment, one would be able to see a correlation between the amount of siblings a person have and their ability to deceive others. Ideally, the individuals who reported that they had more siblings were more likely to be successful at deceiving others.
The sibling theory is practical because it is feasible to use and could be an effective way for people to figure out if they were being deceived or not. Instances in which it could be used are if a spouse was suspicious about their significant other cheating on them and was having their doubts they would be able to use the theory to know about how good at deception their other half might be. A boss could also benefit from the theory because they would be able to tell if someone was stealing time from the company or doing unethical things to damage the business or reputation of their job. Parents and teachers could benefit when dealing with their kids and students. Parents would be able to better determine when their child was being untruthful about something wow a teacher would be able to better distinguish which excuses by a student were believable or not.
In essence the sibling theory might not be the best predictor of future events, but it can be a valuable theory in which many individuals could use and get valuable results, which will be beneficial to them. The theory could be a preventative measure that could stop future problems in relationships from happening and could help some people to become less gullible.