Donald Trump may have perfected the art of the deal, but Lance Armstrong has definitely perfected the art of the lie. Naturally, he’s not the first famous liar, but his lies were of a tremendous magnitude. They were a 10 on the Richter Scale, a 10 on Mohs Scale, and off the charts of the Scoville Scale. You get the point. Lance told some serious lies that he perpetuated for years, and apparently we all believed him. “How many times do I have to say it? I've never taken drugs.” Like many others, I can more easily forgive him for doping than I can for lying. Is the disgraced seven-time winner of the Tour de France nothing but an unrepentant and habitual liar who used his substantial power to crush anyone who dared tell the truth? Maybe so. Of course we’re surrounded by lies and liars such as Bill Clinton (the Monica thing), Pete Rose (he never bet on baseball), Kenneth Lay (remember Enron?), and the list sadly goes on forever. These are examples of celebrity liars, but pathological liars come in many varieties.
Humans lie for a number of reasons such as to save face, to shift blame, to get something we desire, or to avoid confrontation. “How many times do I have to say it? You don’t look fat in those pants.” Chronic liars find it easier to lie than to tell the simple truth. Pathological liars are often charming and manipulative and a legend in their own mind. Lance Armstrong was a beloved sports figure who beat cancer and established a foundation to “inspire and empower” cancer survivors and their families. How’s that working out for you, Lance? Join Life Coach Jenn A. Nocera and me as we explore the art and science of lying. After the show, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.
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