15 Lies People Tell To Someone They Have No Respect For

15 Lies People Tell To Someone They Have No Respect For

We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s a colleague, a distant relative, or even a so-called friend. When someone repeatedly demonstrates a lack of respect, it’s easy to let little white lies slip into your conversations. These aren’t malicious deceptions; they’re more like survival mechanisms for preserving your sanity and energy. Here’s a look at some common fibs people tell when they’ve lost respect for someone.

1. “I’d love to, but I’m swamped.”

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This is a classic dodge, and for good reason. It’s a polite way of saying, “I have better things to do than waste my time with you.” Whether it’s an invitation to a social gathering or a request for help, this excuse lets you decline without having to give a real reason. The beauty of this lie is that it’s difficult to argue with. Who can fault someone for being busy?

2. “Your new haircut looks great!”

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Sometimes, honesty isn’t the best policy, Psychology Today notes, especially when dealing with someone whose opinion you don’t value. If their questionable fashion choices or questionable new hairstyle doesn’t warrant a genuine compliment, a little white lie can save you both from an awkward conversation. It’s a small price to pay for keeping the peace.

3. “I totally forgot about that.”

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This handy excuse can be used for everything from forgetting a birthday to missing a deadline. It’s a way of acknowledging a mistake without taking any real responsibility for it. The beauty of this lie is its versatility. It’s a one-size-fits-all excuse that can be deployed in a variety of situations.

4. “I’m so sorry, I didn’t see your message.”

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In the age of instant communication, this lie has become increasingly common. It’s a way of avoiding unwanted conversations or simply buying yourself some time. Whether you genuinely missed the message or just chose to ignore it, this excuse allows you to maintain a semblance of politeness.

5. “I agree with you completely.”

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Disagreeing with someone you don’t respect can be a recipe for disaster. It’s often easier to simply nod along and pretend to agree. This doesn’t mean you’re being dishonest with yourself; it’s more about picking your battles. Sometimes, it’s simply not worth the effort to argue with someone whose opinion you don’t value.

6. “That’s a great idea!”

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This is another way of avoiding conflict and keeping the peace. It’s a polite way of acknowledging someone’s contribution without actually endorsing their idea. Whether it’s a suggestion for a project or a plan for the weekend, this lie allows you to stay neutral without having to offer a real opinion.

7. “I’ll get back to you on that.”

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This is the procrastinator’s best friend. It’s a way of buying yourself some time without making any real commitment. Whether you need to gather more information or simply want to avoid making a decision, this lie allows you to delay the inevitable.

8. “I’m feeling under the weather.”

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This all-purpose excuse is a lifesaver when you simply don’t want to be around someone. It’s a way of declining an invitation or cancelling plans without having to give a real reason. While it might be a little cliché, it’s a lie that’s hard to argue with. After all, who wants to risk getting sick?

9. “I have to take this call.”

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This excuse is a classic for a reason. It’s a polite way to escape a conversation you don’t want to have, whether it’s with someone you don’t respect or just someone you find boring. The beauty of this lie is that it’s believable. After all, who hasn’t had to take an important call in the middle of a conversation?

10. “I’m not feeling very hungry.”

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Maybe they invited you out to dinner at a restaurant you detest. Or perhaps they’re offering you a dish that looks questionable. Whatever the situation, saying you’re not hungry is a simple way to decline without hurting their feelings. It’s a white lie that’s easy to swallow, both for you and for them.

11. “I’m on a tight budget right now.”

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This excuse is particularly handy when someone is constantly asking for favors or expecting you to foot the bill. It’s a way to set boundaries without coming across as rude or stingy. Whether it’s true or not, this lie can help you protect your wallet and your sanity.

12. “I have so much respect for you.”

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This is the ultimate lie you tell when you’ve lost all respect for someone. It’s a way of keeping the peace and avoiding confrontation. It’s a white lie that’s often delivered with a smile, but deep down, you know it’s far from the truth.

13. “I read that book/saw that movie years ago.”

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When someone you don’t respect recommends a book or movie that you know is terrible, this is a good way to dodge the conversation. You can feign vague familiarity without having to actually watch or read it. It’s a white lie that saves you time and spares you from a painful experience.

14. “I’m sure it will work out for the best.”

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This is a non-committal response that’s perfect for situations where you don’t want to offer a real opinion. Whether they’re complaining about a problem or seeking your advice, this lie allows you to remain neutral without getting drawn into their drama.

15. “You always know how to make me laugh.”

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This is a classic way to deflect an insult or a rude comment. Instead of getting angry or defensive, you can simply laugh it off and pretend they were trying to be funny. It’s a white lie that can diffuse a tense situation and maintain a semblance of civility.

Harper Stanley graduated from Eugene Lang College at The New School in NYC in 2006 with a degree in Media Studies and Literature and Critical Analysis. After graduating, she worked as an editorial assistant at The Atlantic before moving to the UK to work for the London Review of Books.

When she's not waxing poetic about literature, she's writing articles about dating, relationships, and other women's lifestyle topics to help make their lives better. While shocking, she really has somehow managed to avoid joining any social media apps — a fact she's slightly smug about.
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