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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Why We Lie" -- a fascinating article

“Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways,” by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, appeared in the June, 2017 issue of National Geographic. The article offers fascinating insights into this extremely common behavior so often observed in a great many people.

A complete synopsis of the article is beyond the scope of this entry, but I must mention one description I found particularly amusing. The issue cited is pseudologia fantastica, "a tendency to tell stories containing facts interwoven with fantasy." I wonder if the disorder appears in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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