All About Deception

Studies show that the average person lies several times a day. Some of those are biggies (“I’ve always been faithful to you,”) but more often, they are little white lies (“Of course that dress looks good on you!”) Some forms of deception aren’t exactly lies—  like combovers or nodding when you’re not really listening. And then there are lies we tell ourselves for reasons that run the gamut, from healthy maintenance of self-esteem to serious delusions beyond our control. 

Recent posts on Deception

Nasty Bosses in the Shadows

Has the boss from hell bullied you behind closed doors?

Adoptees and Lying: Why Your Child Might Be Telling Lies

By Carrie Goldman on September 20, 2017 in Modern Day Parenting
Are you struggling to understand why your adoptee frequently lies? Learn how to empathize and respond.

The Creepy Appeal of the Bad Guy Narrator

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Creating in Flow
When the bad guy pops into your head and demands a novel, what can you do? That's easy. You write from the point of view of a narcissist.

I Am Not an Addict!

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Naked Truth
Addiction is at epidemic levels in the United States. For most struggling with addiction, self-deception is one of the biggest obstacles to recovery.

I Should Never Have Trusted Him (or Her)

If you have been deceived for years, you may have this same reaction. But should you?
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The Power of Placebo

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The placebo effect is more than belief - again and again, it has been shown to produce real physiological and neurological changes. Does this mean that the mind can heal the body?
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Explaining Delusional Thinking

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Science of Choice
The dual-process framework of decision-making can provide some insights into the theory of delusional belief.

Fighting the Normalization of Post-Truth Politics

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Intentional Insights
We should be deeply concerned with the normalization of post-truth politics. Fortunately, psychological strategies provide a way to combat this problem.

Teaching Children to Be Honorable

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
Children are biologically wired to behave falsely. Where do they learn moral values and respect for truth?

Truth Is Not the Only Truth

By Theodore Dalrymple M.D. on September 12, 2017 in Psychiatric Disorder
Is it necessary always to tell the truth? Shakespeare denied it and he was right.
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Willful Ignorance and Self-Deception

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Why We Blame
Are you fooling yourself on purpose or unconsciously?

A Psychology of Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
A nurse gave patients lethal injections so he could dazzle colleagues by bringing the victims back to life. He may have been driven by "heroic rescue," one of our core motives.

Five Typical Charity Scandals

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Corrupt charities are a fact of life — often including the most sanctified, and sanctimonious, charities and their leaders. Here are some highlights of this tradition.

Trump's Transgender Gaslighting

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Is the Trump administration's spin around the transgender directive gaslighting the transgender community?

Alternative Facts in Intimate Relationships

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in Your Future Self
Generally speaking, the practice of lying to a romantic partner to promote the relationship, spare feelings, and ease personal discomfort commonly occurs. But does it work?

The Many Ways We Lie to Ourselves

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Science of Choice
Everyone is in denial about something.
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My Six Discoveries

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Face It!
Lies can be detected from nonverbal behavior—but only some people can do it.
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The Role of Motivation in Delusional Belief

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Science of Choice
Motivated delusions can have psychological benefits that might lead both to the formation or maintenance of delusions.

America's Myopioid Epidemic

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Ambigamy
Myopium: Myopic (short-sighted) beliefs turning people into closed-minded fanatics, high on themselves, unrealistic about the future.

Excuse Me! How Rationalizing Weakens Relationships

Regardless of how good an excuse seems, it will usually aggravate problems rather than resolve them.

Are Narcissists Able to Tell the Truth About Themselves?

Because people high in narcissism seem so focused on their impressions, you'd think they lie in psychological testing. New research shows when narcissists are most likely to lie.

Criticizing a Saint Part 2

Revisiting the decision not to interview Viktor Frankl.

False Is the New True—Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Humans have never really like the truth, simply because it is almost always inconvenient. So, what's different now about blizzard of lies we experience everyday? Backsliding.

How to Deal With a Workplace Psychopath

Science has identified what it means to be a 'successful psychopath.' Here's how to stay mentally strong when you have to deal with a psychopath in the workplace.

When Jokes are Actually Angry Lies

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Women Who Stray
When can we, should we, allow angry lies to be defended as jokes?

Is Critical Thinking the New Mindfulness?

Think "sexy" and think "critical thinking," at least in the not-so-distant future.
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Lying in Relationships: 3 Steps to Making It Stop

Lying is always destructive to relationships. The causes and ways to stop it.

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.

How To Avoid Regret When You Open Your Heart

Want to protect yourself from regretting opening your heart and being charitable? This article can help you avoid making bad decisions about your generosity.

Three Ways People Try to Manipulate You

Three ways people try to manipulate us. Watch out for these common logical fallacies.