Kellyanne Conway is a new pioneer in the psychological field of lying. She made the news a few days ago when she described the number discrepancy at the Trump inauguration as alternative facts. This post IS NOT about politics. No matter what your opinion, we need to understand what is fact and what is fiction.
When does the black and white between truth and lie become grey?
If you are like most people on the planet, at some point you have stretched the truth or perhaps even told a blatant untruth. Here are the straight facts about truth.
Lying is an automatic response designed to protect the self from harm.
Where the grey area comes into play is when the liar thinks they are being truthful. This can be when someone doesn't recognize their true feelings. It can be a story that someone has told again and again until they believe it. It's not so much a deception of others as it is a decption of self.
I'd love to hear if you think there is ever a right time for not telling the truth. I know my opinion and sharing yours can help others to form theirs. Please comment below or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.