The School of Life addresses through animation, the the subject of lying to oneself and others, noting that although one may mean well when telling a “white lie”, the evasion of truth can lead to self-destruction.
We need to tell yourself the truth when we can, for the simple reason that we often pay a very high price for the short-term calm of our lies. …We develop harmful systems. And not least, the truth will be out. When we don’t let it emerge, it has a tendency to reveal itself through involuntary often physical symptoms. We become insomniac or impotent. An eyelid starts twitching. We acquire a stutter, and scream in our sleep and lose energy. We fall into depression.