What We Really Mean When We Say 'I'm Fine'

The average Brit says "I'm fine" 14 times a day - but only means it 20 per cent of the time, according to a study. A third of the 2,000 people polled admitted they often lie about how they are feeling, while one in 10 went as far to say they always lie about their emotional state. And this dishonesty goes both ways, with 59 per cent of us expecting the answer to be a lie when we ask others "How are you feeling?" Jenny Edwards, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation which commissioned the research said: "While it may appear that most of us are happy openly discussing feelings, these survey results reveal that many of us are really just sticking to a script. "This creates an illusion of support. On the surface, we're routinely checking in with each other but beneath that, many of us feel unable to say how we're really feeling." Men are more than twice as likely to be dishonest to others when it comes to their emotions, with 22 per cent admitting they always lie about how they feel, compared to 10 per cent of women.