“People think that a liar gains a victory over
his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act
of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s
reality to the person to whom one lies…”
~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Want better relationships? Want to feel better about yourself? The secret is simple and something that you learned many years ago. It is this: tell the truth when you speak to others about yourself.
Intentionally creating a false belief – lying – creates barriers between you and other people. When you lie, your motivation, at least in part, is to make others like you better, or to make decisions in your favor, or to cover up an embarrassing mistake you’ve made.
You lie to maintain the illusion of high personal value, or personal wealth, in the eyes of others.