It sounds weird and hard to believe but researchers claim that oxytocin, the so-called ‘love hormone’ may increase your being insincere in social situations. Human body usually produces oxytocin in greater amounts in situations such as falling in love, giving birth and others considered ‘happy’.
The love hormone is usually associated with trust and affection but scientists believe that it can really make people lie in order to follow their group’s interest. Researchers have also found that individuals with higher levels of oxytocin could lie much more effectively in a game so as to help their team become successful. In a way, ‘a white lie for everyone’s best interest’.
Researchers claim that there is a strong connection between oxytocin, as it encourages the feeling of belonging somewhere, and being unfair when it is beneficial to the group. In conclusion, when out bodies produce a higher amount of oxytocin we are more likely to lie but only if it would be to our own or our loved ones’ advantage.