Psychologically, we wants to be lied to. That’s right, we wants to be lied to because society doesn’t want the truth.We make up or feign all sorts of reasons to avoid it. Truth often makes people uncomfortable whereas a lie can be dressed up to entertain.
I remember from my college days a philosophy professor talked about this Although, the subject was psychological one. She said that people wanted to be lied to. “Telling things as they are has never been looked upon favorably. That’s why in movies, books, life, relationships, people prefer a lie to the truth. That’s how history has gotten away with telling so many lies and half-truths. No one wanted to know the truth of what really happened. They want the heroic version.”
Years later there was this show called, “Lie to Me.” I thought it was odd to make a show about people fibbing all the time. No, this show wasn’t about fictional writing where people make up things like in novels and books. You know that’s fictional or fantasy. I mean the show was fictional. But it was a show about the world’s leading deception researcher, named Dr. Cal Lightman, who studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which was used to help law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his skills also make it easier for him to deceive others. He used this skills to do his dirt.
Another show called, “Jim Profit” the guy was a psychopath who gaslighted the heck out of everyone and anyone. If you got killed. That was just too bad.
Another example is George Costanza, one of the most popular characters from Seinfeld. George played by Jason Alexander was a pathological liar. He lied just for the fun of lying.
The popularity of each of these characters depended on their ability to lie and deceive. They are too numerous to list them all but I’m sure you get the picture. What made these characters so popular?
It’s simple. The truth is boring. A lie is entertaining. The truth is suppressed. A lie is not. The truth forces us to look at a reality we prefer not to see. One we prefer to overlook while a lie will pacify our inner ego. The truth will not.