Six Reasons Why Politicians Believe They Can Lie (Jim Taylor Ph.D.)

More on the honesty of politicians and reasons they are dishonest. Compare Clinton to the others listed on the chart. Contemplate the gray areas of the “truth.”

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Politician Lie - Business InsiderSource: Jim Taylor Ph.D., Six Reasons Why Politicians Believe They Can Lie, Psychology Today, Sep 24, 2012,

NOTE: Full Biography of Mr. Taylor can be found at the end of his article below.

Do politicians really think they won’t be caught when they lie?

With the presidential and congressional campaigns in the homestretch, the quadrennial contest for deception, misdirection, fact-bending, half-truths, and downright lies, in other words, the challenge to win the hearts and minds of voters, is in full swing. In writing this post, I’m trying to maintain a neutral stance on which party and which candidates are the most disingenuous and dishonest, but I will say that lying seems to be reaching its apogee with less than two months until the election, though I’m sure there will be new heights (or depths, depending on how you look at it) to be reached between now and…

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  1. I worked in local government as a City Planner when I was younger and naive. While I was hired for my expertise to tell the truth, my research was often ignored in favor of political bias and expediency. Lying by omission became common then. For example, church land expansion plans were routinely approved without full consideration of public interest then.


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