132 Why People Believe Liars

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“Oh what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott

Have you ever wondered how people fall for cult leaders? Or why people fall time and time again under the bad influences in their lives?

Most people are trusting. You don’t go around expecting people to lie, but when you put your trust into someone who has only their best interests in mind, you may find yourself making excuses for them. It’s easy to bog yourself down even further and fall victim to their manipulation tactics. 

There are several ways to identify manipulative behavior in order to cut that toxic behavior out of your life, and unmask the lies for what they are.

Most people believe that they know themselves and their biases, that they are not easily persuadable by manipulation tactics, or manipulators but the facts are out there in the stories of toxic workplaces and manipulative bosses and leaders.

Why do people fall for lies? It’s not as simple as you may think. 

What you’ll hear on today’s episode:

  • The seven types of lies
  • Identifying good vs bad influence
  • How people fall for bogus manipulation tactics
  • Leon Festinger’s cognitive dissonance theory
  • Confirmation Bias and the spread of misinformation
  • Micro boundary breaches 
  • How bad influences can turn us against our own morals
  • People we trust have influence over us
  • Steven Hassan’s BITE model (Behavior, information, thought and emotional control)
  • How to be aware of and question manipulative behavior

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