Lying and the Truth
I have been thinking about this subject for some time now and so I am going to make some remarks about it.
Someone ask me if I thought someone could tell the same exact lie over and over; would it be possible for them to begin thinking it was really true?
My answer may surprise some of you but I do think that is possible. A person who keeps repeating the same lie over and over can and will begin believing it to actually be true.
It has been a long time ago but an acquaintance of mine that I worked with told me that he was able to beat the lie detector because he would keep repeating something over and over to the point that he began to believe it. I don’t know exactly what he was talking about but the company we worked for required that we take a lie detector test every six months. They asked all kinds of questions to find out if we were stealing from the company. He never failed the test but I really don’t know how he did it.
After I was at the company six months I had to take the lie detector test. I was asked a whole series of questions and I was not comfortable with the questions they asked me. I answered all the questions truthfully and at the end of the test the man who administrated the test told me some of the questions were questionable as to whether I was telling the truth. I told the truth for all of the questions but some of the questions were not clear as far what did they considered stealing. Example: He asked me if I ever stole anything from the company. One day I took a pen home because I forgot it in my pocket. I took it back but I was nervous about it so my answer was questionable. I had to give an answer as to why I was not telling the truth.
I left the job because I didn’t want to keep taking these tests. But I do think a person can convince themselves of something that isn’t true and believe it as truth. I know this because it happened to me. One day I was repeating a story I had told hundreds of times and a friend who was there told me that it wasn’t true. It wasn’t until he told me that I realized for many years I had been repeating a lie because I believed it. Think about it has that happened to you?