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Why do people believe other people?

This might at first seem like a dumb question, because we take it as a given that people should believe other people. But when you ask a stranger a question, and they give you answer, you believe it - why? Or similarly, why do people believe their parents, religious figures, professors, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mrmanvir on Nov 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Struggling with myself, my feelings, and how to do life

I'm doing everything they say to heal and move on, to get your life together. I try to be as social as I can with good friends who understand the situation and am focusing as much energy into work and school. I'm afraid of burnout though and how to unravel these emotions when I'm lying awake at night and questioning if I did the right thing? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Jan 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Information I wish I didn't have

I think a friend's husband may have had a vasectomy. They're trying to conceive. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2014 - 50 answers

Yes, I've seen Titanic.

I'm interested in stories (real or fictional) about people who have intentionally changed their identities following some sort of disaster in which they were presumed dead.
posted by phunniemee on Feb 11, 2014 - 31 answers

Vocabulary buffs: What's the word for this?

What's a word that means you say things to make people believe your intent or mindset is different than it is in order to harm them later without them suspecting you? For example, you might mention in discussion how much stealing disgusts you so that they won't suspect you later when you steal from them. [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Nov 30, 2013 - 49 answers

Did giving my SO the benefit of the doubt made me blind to the red flags

Do you give your SO the benefit of the doubt or do you trust your gut feelings? [more inside]
posted by feastorfamine on Nov 15, 2012 - 30 answers

Snowy accident mystery film

I would like to find the name of a film I saw a decade ago. To my recollection, it came out in 1992-1993 and had a male lead whose name I recognized at the time. A couple are driving in a snowstorm and go off the road. The wife disappears and the man makes his way to town (in Colorado, I believe). He tells the sheriff and others that he doesn't know what happened to his wife, but she shows up and it is revealed that he tried to have her killed for financial gain.
posted by Radiophonic Oddity on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Books on con artists, deception, foul play and secret double lives?

Recommendations for thrilling true-life tales of bluebloods behaving badly? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 8, 2011 - 21 answers

For once [ha!], I might actually be overreacting...

I love my boyfriend and we've been talking about getting married. I'm a little wary of some things about his past and some things he's said, even though he's been nothing but wonderful to me. I'm reluctant to address them with him directly because I don't want him to feel like I'm judging his character. Are my concerns valid, or do I let this one go? [more inside]
posted by Be cool, sodapop on Jun 12, 2011 - 52 answers


What suggestions can you give me for help in forgiving myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 - 23 answers

Identify this book - philosophy edition

Please help me identify a philosophy book. Title and author are unknown, subject may have been either evil or deception. Ridiculously vague description inside. [more inside]
posted by BigSky on Jan 18, 2011 - 5 answers

How to resign yourself to career disappointment.

How do you pretend to be excited about job opportunities that don't excite you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2010 - 17 answers

Teacher pretends to be a student on the first day of class: where is this idea from?

It is the first day of class and the instructor does not show up. The members of the class discuss their options, and when the first person starts to leave, one of the "students" stands up and announces that she is in fact the teacher. Is this a campus legend? A scene from a sitcom? An actual demonstration? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Dec 3, 2009 - 37 answers

People who enjoy deception: what kinds of things do they like to do?

For a person who enjoys deception, what are some games, sports, hobbies, or pastimes that they would be especially drawn to? [more inside]
posted by charris5005 on Oct 13, 2009 - 26 answers

photographic white lies

This might be a wild goose chase. But can anyone help me track down any sort of a technical clue for why a white tint very specifically applied to one part of a photo taken in the 1920s – for the purpose of deliberate deception – would have turned a dark, purplish navy color over time? [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder on Jul 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Contractor telling me outrageous lies. In writing. What are they guilty of? Lots more inside.

Contractor telling me outrageous lies. In writing. What are they guilty of? Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Apr 12, 2008 - 10 answers

The last misdirection, or deus ex machina?

Regarding the ending to David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner (note: spoilers contained within). [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Internet Opinion Shaping Tricks

Sockpuppets and gaming Digg. What other tricks are being used to deceptively manipulate opinion online?
posted by srboisvert on Oct 20, 2006 - 9 answers


Does anyone have any pointers on formally modelling deception/self-deception? [more inside]
posted by sonofsamiam on Apr 5, 2006 - 5 answers

How to determine real from ruse member, on the outside?

How can the difference be determined between a genuine member vs. a fake member bent on deceptive overthrowing/subverting of a socio-political group's public perception (speaking from an outsider's POV, not belonging to either group)? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Dec 6, 2005 - 18 answers

Help me stop being an asshole

I am a really terrible person. I lie to everyone I know, I cheat on people relentlessly, I drink excessively and do things to hurt just about everyone I know. I hate doing these things in retrospect but when it's happening, all I can focus on is how it's benefitting me at the moment.

How do I go from being an asshole who's only concern is his own self interests to being a regular human being who concerns himself with those around him? I'm afraid that if I don't fix this soon, I'm going to lose everyone in my life.
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2005 - 44 answers

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