1. You made plans with a friend for his or her birthday, but you no longer feel like going out. You:
Go out for a little bit, then feign sleepiness and leave early.
Call your friend and say you have the flu, even though you don't.
Call your friend and say your grandmother died.
Tell your friend you can't come because you've just been diagnosed with a fatal disease.
Tell the truth. Even if it is a special day, there's no need to lie.
2. You're being interviewed for a new job. The application asks if you've ever stolen anything from past jobs, including pens and other small office supplies. You:
Say that you did it once or twice.
Say that you never, ever did such a thing.
Say no, and add details about what you didn't steal--envelopes, paper clips, etc.
Say no, and add that you busted people who did.
Say yes. You did take a few things, and feel awful about it.
3. A girl--a close friend or girlfriend--asks you if her pants make her look fat. The truth is that they do. Even though you know she's sensitive about her weight, you:
Tell her no, but suggest another pair that looks better.
Tell her, 'No, they look great.'
Tell her no. And when she picks out a bad top, say that looks good, too.
Tell her no--and add that they make her look skinnier.
Tell her they make her look fat.
4. A new beau asks you about the worst thing you ever did. You honestly don't feel like telling, but you:
Soften all the gruesome details.
Actually tell the third-worst thing you did.
Say that you once threw a pencil at your sibling.
Say you've never really done anything terrible.
5. Your mom asks you what your plans are for the weekend. Even though you lead your own life, you know she wouldn't approve of your itinerary, so you:
Omit one or two details.
Tell her you're going out with a friend she likes.
Tell her you're staying in all weekend, watching movies.
Tell her you're volunteering at a homeless shelter.
Tell her the truth anyway, and let her chew you out.