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Lying

You Can Handle the Truth

Mark Olmsted | Posted 08.12.2013 | Books
Mark Olmsted

Remember when Lucy lost that bet and had to tell the truth for a day? She told Ethel her true hair color was mousy brown, her real age was 33 and admitted she'd described Carolyn Appleby's new furniture as a nightmare you had after eating Chinese food.

How to Tell the Truth in 7 Not-So-Easy Steps

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

People don't start out being liars, I think. It happens over time in all sorts of ways. Maybe telling the truth gets you into trouble. Maybe telling...

Does Creativity Have a Dark Side?

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D.

Although the popular stereotype of the mad creative genius is based more on Hollywood movies than scientific research, there is indeed some evidence for the counterproductive or undesirable features associated with creativity.

Unexpected Truths About Liars and Lying

Kare Anderson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Modern "social" life is ripe for temptation so it's especially helpful to recognize some myths and counterintuitive truths about lying. Just keep in mind our self-deception.

The Evolution of Lying

Rob Brooks | Posted 07.16.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

Rather than simply cheating -- trying to gain from another's cooperative behaviour without behaving cooperatively yourself -- lying adds another way of operating. By misleading the other individual, one can trick that individual into cooperating.

How to Stop Lying

James Altucher | Posted 06.29.2013 | Small Business
James Altucher

I lied to him to get a job. The hedge fund manager asked me how much money I had in the bank. I had ZERO but I said, "a million dollars". This was in 2002. In the prior two years I had lost all the money I ever made and my home. Now I was broke.

Little White Lies: A Guide to Everyday Lying

Bradley Foster | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

Being a self-confessed liar, I am interested in why we do it. I have always been interested in why people do what they do, and lying is one of those behaviors that are ever present, yet hidden in a dark corner, obscured from view.

How to Tell When Your Child Is Lying

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Vanessa Van Edwards

How do you know when your child or teen is telling you the truth? Being able to decipher truth from fiction is incredibly important for parents.

'My Daughter Lies -- What Should I Do?'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Children live in the moment. They are largely motivated by either avoiding pain or experiencing pleasure. This is why telling kids that too much sugar will give them cavities has little impact on their decision to swipe that handful of brownies; the enjoyment outweighs later costs.

Should Split Parents Ever Lie to Their Children?

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 06.02.2013 | Divorce
Claire N. Barnes, MA

By lying to your child, and realizing the child may eventually find out the truth, you demonstrate to your child lying is an okay behavior. Because children don't have adult filters to determine when stretching the truth might be necessary, their impulses around lying may be hard to control.

Why You Should Avoid Family Court... At All Costs

Bill Swadley | Posted 05.28.2013 | Divorce
Bill Swadley

In a perfect world, the mission of family court is to ensure that any agreement between the parents is in the best interest of the children.

How to Teach Our Kids About the Perils of Lying

The Chopra Well | Posted 05.19.2013 | Parents
The Chopra Well

"As a pediatrician and as a mom, my rule is that lying is never OK. This is a boundary -- and an important one at that -- because it keeps kids safe."

How I (Almost) Stopped Lying and Started Writing

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 04.23.2013 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Finally, I had a home for my practice of deceit; I could leave a life of the comfort of lies, and instead weave them into novels.

On Honesty

Garret Kramer | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

Thinking unethical thoughts doesn't make you unethical. It makes you feel unethical -- no harm in that. Provided, that is, you get a solid grip on the principle that acting on unethical, or insecure, feelings won't ever make them go away. It makes them come back even stronger.

The Truth About Lying

Lisa Haisha | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Haisha

The fact is that not all lies are bad, and there really is a time to lie. I'd even go so far as to say that a little lying can be healthy. As Lord Byron once said, "What is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade."

The Truth About Lying: Reinventing Our Survival Instincts

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

As we get older, it becomes clear how cheaters do, in fact, sometimes win. Quite often, they win big and fall to a horrible disgrace when the truth is revealed about their compromised victories.

If It Ain't Broke, Fix it

Master Charles Cannon | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
Master Charles Cannon

Official spokespersons for the NRA are defending their reversal on supporting background checks for gun purchases because it "is not working." Let's ...

5 Reasons You Need To STOP Keeping Secrets

Posted 02.07.2013 | Teen

We're all guilty of it sometimes: You keep secrets from your friends, family, boyfriend or girlfriend and teachers when you know, deep down, that you ...

Lance Armstrong: Doped Because He Was Duped

Master Charles Cannon | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Master Charles Cannon

If we refuse to see what Lance did, and what everyone else does who craves the rewards of celebrity adulation, as a reflection of our own misguided longing, then we are the real dopes.

The First Bit of Real Honesty in a Long Time

Lauren Schuhmacher | Posted 03.22.2013 | College
Lauren Schuhmacher

There's an innate desire among humans to know and to be known, but there's also a strong-willed desire to be accepted. When the chance to be known is outweighed by the threat of being ostracized, I choose to hide. It's a shame.

Using Lance Armstrong's Story to Teach Your Kids the Vocabulary of Remorse

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

All the medals in the world can't offer relief to a heart burdened by deceit. Use Lance Armstrong's story to initiate age-appropriate discussions with your children about what winning really means: trying your best, staying true to your values and honoring those who believe in you.

The Con: Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, Football, Human Nature

Susan D. Blum | Posted 03.22.2013 | Sports
Susan D. Blum

This story can be spun in dozens of ways. But one thing clearly emerges for me: Humans are vulnerable; we create our reality indirectly, using words and images, building on dreams. By our nature, our language permits the twinned characteristics of fiction and deception.

What Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff Have in Common

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

What do Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff have in common? Are they a different species from each other and from us? No, they are all too human. Like many of us, they want to be superhuman. The difference? They feel driven and entitled to go for it at any cost.

Talking to My Children About Sandy Hook

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Susan Deily-Swearingen

I hugged them much tighter, I was/am desperately sad for the families in Connecticut and exceedingly grateful that it was not my children who were harmed, and I lied to my kids.

Why You Should Start Lying... Now!

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 02.10.2013 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

For years, psychologists have known that a lot of us exaggerate our qualities. In my case, it's overestimating how young I look. But get this: A 2009 study found that students who exaggerated their grades and grade point average showed "greater achievement motivation and positive affect."