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Out of all the complaints we hear about Thai women, this is by far the most common one. So many men want to know,
“Why do Thai girls lie so much and about such minor things?”
Personally, I find this aspect about Thai women quite fascinating. I’ve always believed, “If you’re going to lie, lie about something big.”
But Thai women will lie about the most minor things…
It all comes down to two main reasons:
1- To Avoid Confrontation
2- Not Understanding That Lying is Wrong
So why is this? Why is there such a cultural difference when it comes to how lying is viewed?
Thou shall not lie, cheat, steal, blah blah blah
Whether you’re a believer or not, (I am not), you don’t need to look very hard to see how Christianity has shaped our moralities and “ethics”. Many of our most basic moral principles stem from Christian Fundamentals.
Even for me (a non-believer), if you lie directly to my face, we will have problems. “A man is only as good as his word”….I wonder where that come from….
Buddhism on the other hand, focuses on avoiding confrontation and acceptance. Which is where you can find the roots of many of Thai people beliefs, attitudes, and moralities.
Throw in the idea that Thai people don’t grow up thinking that lying is a huge “sin”, and you’ll get the basic idea how lying is viewed in Thailand.
Don’t get me wrong, if a Thai person lies to a Thai person about something big, there will be problems. However, little “white lies” are rarely seen as wrong by Thais compared to how we see them.
This should not lower your view of Thai people. However, it should make you more aware as you grow to understand the differences between East and West.