Lying can be more than just telling a few fibs. It can also be used to communicate social status and make a person appear loyal to a particular group.
Dalits have long been ostracized as the 'untouchables' in Indian society. Discrimination and the impact of the coronavirus have only reinforced their status.
Conventional wisdom across much of the Western world says there's a strong link between education and upward social mobility. Really?
Our voices also affect how people perceive our own social status.
Gossiping may well be toxic and harmful in certain situations but there are ways to engage in "good gossip" that can reap rewards in social groups.
Disparagement humor makes a punchline out of a marginalized group. Racist or sexist jokes, for instance, aren't just harmless fun – psychologists find they can foster discrimination.