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The Secret about Lying

“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.

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You build a strong foundation for close relationships with others when you exhibit credibility, integrity and trust.

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.

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