Convincing lies

August 10, 2012

I’ve often wondered what makes a lie convincing, and it occurred to me that since people labeled as narcissists or alcoholics are said to do so routinely and are also said to dwell excessively in a false self, the answer may involve a lack of connection between a true self and a false self.  Because, I’m thinking, if we detect a lie by detecting a discrepancy between what the true self is saying and what the false self is saying, and if in the case of someone dwelling exclusively in a false self, there is no second “tone” with which to compare the first (the true self is not heard, at least by mortal human beings), then a lie will not sound different from the truth coming from this person.

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