What to know about what you don’t know you know. #1: Intuition is very efficient—if you don't overthink it.
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An exploration of truth and dishonesty
Christian L. Hart Ph.D.
The modern polygraph test is widely used to detect liars, but is it accurate?
Is it harmful to convince children that Santa Claus is real, or should we be honest about where those presents come from?
Can you detect a liar? Probably not, if you believe these myths about lying.
Most people are fairly honest. Those who tell a disproportionate amount of lies seem to share some characteristics.
Lies, deception, and secrecy can bring organizations crumbling down, and honesty can help them thrive.
All children eventually learn to lie, but the socialization they are exposed to at home and at school appears to influence the degree to which they try to deceive others.
What are the exceptions to the rule that lying is wrong?
Before you attempt to spot liars, are you sure that you know what lying is?
Dr. Christian L. Hart is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychological Science program at Texas Woman’s University.