Lies Other People Tell Us (Unintentional Lies)

by Doc Orman, M.D.


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Last week, I focused my blog posts on common lies we often tell ourselves, and how these lies can lead to unnecessary stress for us.  This week, I want to focus on common lies that other people tell us.  These too can cause us stress, and that’s why all three of my posts this week will be devoted to this very important subject.

Actually, there are quite a large number of lies that other people tell us.  Some of these lies are intentional and are meant to deceive us.  Others are unintentional lies, sometimes being passed on from generation to generation, without any awareness that they are based upon faulty premises.

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Unintentional Lies

What are some examples of unintentional lies that other people tell us?  Well, here are just a few:

  • The best way to succeed in life is to go to college.
  • The best place to invest your money is in real estate.
  • The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
  • Gravity is a force that pulls all objects toward the earth.
  • Stress is something that actually exists and that people often suffer from.
  • The best way to deal with stress is to manage it.

All of these lies have one thing in common—they appear to be very close to being true, but on closer inspection they are all false.

We’ve already discussed the last two of these statements (about stress) in earlier posts on this blog.  And I’m sure you know instances where statement #1 is incorrect and also where statement #2 has been shown to be false.

But what about the other two propositions?  Does the sun really rise in the East and set in the West?  Not really.  As you no doubt know, the earth is simply rotating. The sun isn’t moving from one horizon to the other.  However, these types of innocent, unintentional lies have become so commonplace, that even when we know they are false, we can still be seduced into accepting them as being true.

What’s Wrong With The Statement About Gravity?

While you might assume the statement above (about gravity) is true and doesn’t belong in this list—it’s also a lie, so it does belong!

There is no force called gravity that “pulls” objects toward the earth, or that “pulls” smaller celestial bodies towards larger ones.  Did you know this?  Probably not, even though it’s been verified. 

Once again, this highlights the pervasiveness of unintentional lies that have crept into our collective consciousness.  And while it might appear inconsequential to point out that the sun doesn’t really rise each morning, this is just the tip of a very large “iceberg”—a gigantic collection of commonsense notions about many things in life that aren’t really true.  And when you get lulled into the habit of mindlessly accepting certain unintentional lies as being “truths,” there are plenty of problems and stress that can easily result from this.

Who Says There’s No Pulling Force Called Gravity?

His name is Albert Einstein, and exactly 100 years ago, he discovered that our commonsense notion about gravity—which was given to us hundreds of years earlier by Sir Isaac Newton—was not really true.  In other words, it was an unintentional lie that had been passed on from one generation of scientists (and lay people) to another.

Einstein put forth an entirely different explanation for the phenomenon we call “gravity,” which ended a longstanding mystery that had puzzled scientists for years.  Here was the mystery: even though everyone believed there was a pulling force called gravity, that worked on all objects in the vicinity of the earth (and other celestial bodies)—no scientist had ever successfully measured this force

This was a puzzling dilemma, because most other postulated physical forces in the universe had indeed been objectively measured, even down to some of the tiniest forces contained within the atom. Yet nobody had ever been able to measure this extremely powerful pulling force called gravity.  It was really quite astonishing.

Then, Einstein came along and explained how “gravity” works without needing to postulate the existence of a phantom pulling force.  Einstein reasoned that all collections of matter, regardless of size, outwardly warped the space-time continuum around them. 

The larger the size of the matter, the stronger the outward warping force would be.  And when a large chunk of matter, like the earth, came in contact with a much smaller piece of matter like a rock, a tree limb, or a human being, the degree of outward warping produced by the larger body so overwhelmed the outward warping effects of the smaller bodies that the smaller bodies were “drawn” towards the larger one, because of this relative difference in outward warping strengths

In other words, what appears to be a “pulling” force attracting smaller objects towards larger ones is really not a pulling force at all.  What’s really going on is  that all objects are actively “pushing out” to warp the space-time continuum around them. 

This solved the riddle of why scientists were unable to successfully measure the powerful pulling force called gravity!  And it completely revolutionized the scientific understanding of gravity, which remains today as one of Einstein’s crowning achievements. 

Unintentional Lies People Tell You Are Causing You Stress!

If you think I just wasted your time telling you all these details about gravity (at least as I crudely and quite possibly incompletely understand them), you are missing my point.  You see, not knowing the truth (or most recent version of it) about gravity is not going to cause you much personal stress, unless you are a NASA rocket scientist, that is. 

But accepting other key lies that people have told you very likely will.  And there is no shortage of these unintentional lies, like the pulling force of gravity, that most of us simply accept to be true—because others told us so—even though they are not.  And some of these lies have been causing you stress…and probably will continue to do so, until you identify them and replace them with more accurate and useful understandings.

Stay tuned to this blog, and you’ll likely be introduced to a number of these widely accepted unintentional lies, like the ones about stress we have been exploring in great depth.

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