📅 Thought for today:
‘We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.’
— Denis Diderot
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What do you do when you know someone is lying to you?
Maybe it is a friend or family member. Or maybe a colleague, or work contact.
You realise something doesn’t quite stack up in their narrative, the facts don’t fit properly or you believe they are inconsistent in their story.
Do you judge them, lose trust, maybe tune them out or “move away” from them?
Do you hold yourself to the same standard as you hold these people – these liars.
Because we are all liars when it suits us, and we are prepared to believe lies if it suits us, or at least overlook them.
Yet at other times we judge those who tell their truth.
I know in my work that clients find it hard to tell the truth sometimes, and that is where the work begins.
Having constructed a narrative that meets their needs they then have to stick with it and it becomes their truth.
False memory syndrome is a real thing – we believe our own lies after a while.
So, what do you think you should do when you know someone is lying to you?