If you look at lying more closely, you can categorize them into three types: black lies (selfish ones), white lies (motivated by empathy) and blue lies (the Trump kind), which are lies that bond a group together.
And if you examine yourself carefully, you’ll probably find that you believed a few blue lies yourself.
They’re a very particular form of deception that can build solidarity within groups
Jeremy Adam Smith | March 24, 2017 | Scientific American
Emily Dreyfuss, Wired magazine editor, has a couple of illuminating articles on how President Trump screws with your mind for his own benefit. He’s not the only one to do so, so it’s in your interest to find out how and what to do about it.
Scary. Really scary. A must-read.
Dishonesty in politics is nothing new; but the manner in which some politicians now lie, and the havoc they may wreak by doing so, are worrying
The Economist | Sep 10th 2016
Nice tips to be aware of.
Want to spin your data? Here’s how.
Book by evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life, addresses the question. Partial answer (and book review) below.
The science of self-deceit is more than a matter of evolutionary curiosity. Sometimes, it’s a question with life or death consequences.
Interesting research reported: the wider a man’s face, the more aggressive and the more likely to lie and cheat. Doesn’t apply to women. But a good-looking man will produce more orgasms in women. From The Economist, July 9th, 2011:
Why a man’s face can lie but still produce orgasms
If he avoids the word “I”, hesitates less and swears more, that CEO may be lying. This and more essential tips for the shareholder from The Economist, August 21, 2010:
It’s not just that his lips are moving
Great article about lying and its consequences. Useful suggestion (aside from the obvious “don’t lie”): rather than assume people are telling the truth, maintain “an awareness that everything you are told could be a lie,” and then ferret out what you care about.
From The Globe & Mail, August 6, 2009:
It’s true: We lie every day, and at an alarming rate. Experts say even small fibs are more toxic than we realize
Bottom line: not reliably. But you can increase your chances of catching someone lying if you give them a task to do at the same time…
Two articles from Scientific American:
Scientific American Mind – August 3, 2009
Giving suspects an extra task helps to separate the liars from the truth-tellers
By Marina Krakovsky
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