Prof Manie Spoelstra

When lying becomes ‘normal’ and truth ‘abnormal’

  • Has someone’s lie ever hurt you?

Have you been lied to by a politician, a spouse, a child, an employee, a boss or a contractor?

How often do we read in newspaper that a politician claim: “I know nothing about it”, only to later concoct a new lie: “My staff never told me about this.”

So, when do people lie, how can we detect it and how do we cope with it, and or respond to it?

For a start, there are different types of liars: Once we have identified them, it could help us to know how to deal with them.

  • Compulsive Liars

A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit.  They lie all the time. Lying is a normal reaction for them.  Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small.

For a compulsive…

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