Why We Lie.

Rowe, Dorothy.

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Lying is always in the news…think bankers, politicians, and those in charge of the disadvantaged and powerless in society. The author is a world renowned psychologist and she says she has not written about the morality of lying. Rather, she is concerned with why we lie and the consequences of our lies. Lies have played a major part in climate change and the global economic crisis, and many people prefer to continue lying rather than acknowledge we are facing a very uncertain and undoubtedly unpleasant future. We are capable of changing, but will we choose to do so?

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Why do we lie? Because we are frightened of being humiliated, being treated like an object, being rejected, losing control of things, and, most of all, we are frightened of uncertainty. Often we get our lies in before any of these things can happen. We lie to maintain our vanity. We lie when we call our fantasies the truth. Lying is much easier than searching for the truth and accepting it, no matter how inconvenient it is. We lie to others, and, even worse, we lie to ourselves.In both private and public life, we damage ourselves with our lies, and we damage other people. Lies destroy mutual trust, and fragment our sense of who we are.Lies have played a major part in climate change and the global economic crisis. Fearing to change how they live, many people prefer to continue lying rather than acknowledge that we are facing a very uncertain but undoubtedly unpleasant future unless we learn how to prefer the truths of the real world in which we live rather than the comforting lies that ultimately betray us. We are capable of changing, but will we choose to do this?

Book Details

Author Rowe, Dorothy.
Format HC
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Number of Pages 384
Publish Date 27/05/2010
Catalogue Jul18
Catalogue book number 281