The Impact of Lies

The Impact of Lies

Seven Dimensions
Updated Jul 25, 2024

What you'll learn

  • Telling lies produces the following effects:
  • Some feel they have a license to tell lies in return (“spiral effect”)
  • It creates general suspicion when it’s discovered
  • We are also paradoxically forgiving of lies
  • Lies lead to inauthenticity in relationships
  • People can live with lies for many years
Course Description

Lies have many impacts ranging from suspicion of the person telling them, to “You lie so I’ll lie” to relative ease in living with them as time wears on.

With lying so prevalent, what about its impact? Eve Ash and Professor Feldman discuss the many paradoxical effects of lying – from the “spiral effect” (you lied so I’ll lie), to suspicion, forgiveness (especially when a well-known figure is popular on other fronts), inauthenticity in relationships, and compartmentalizing. Professor Feldman remarks that people can lead healthy lives while harboring secrets. The longer they do this, the more guilt and anxiety dissipate.

This program is one of the Insights and Strategies Series, featuring psychologist Eve Ash interviewing a range of experts and business leaders who share their experiences and practical strategies for achieving best practice.

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Business Outcomes

This program is designed to help people learn more about human behavior and why people lie. It also provides an interesting exploration of wrongful convictions, false confessions, misidentification by witnesses and polygraphs.