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Where can I find more on the Arabic concept of takazu or "mutual lying"?

From this recent profile of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the New Republic: "Assad took pleasure in toying with the West. “He told me once, ‘When I sit with the Arabs, it’s a session of 'takazu’—mutual lying, we say in Arabic,” says the former adviser." [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam on Jan 3, 2014 - 6 answers

 

Fake reviews and conflicts of interest?

What are some instances where people got caught praising a business that they worked for or a Scott Adams-like fiasco where the person being praised turned out to be the person posting? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on Nov 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Should I tell my boyfriend about my ex who is dying?

My boyfriend (lets call him Mike) does not know about my ex boyfriend's existence (Lee). I found out his brother died a couple of months ago, and now he has the same disease and may or may not survive as well. I am quite upset about this, should I tell Mike about him or just keep it to myself? [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Oct 29, 2013 - 30 answers

Is my boyfriend gay?

My boyfriend was raped as a kid, and recently told me that he used to believe he was gay before he met me. I don't know how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2013 - 25 answers

My boyfriend is really tight with money. How do I navigate this?

My partner is a tight-arse, and I hate it. Can you please help me negotiate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2013 - 56 answers

I chronically lie to people and have for a long time. How can I possibly stop?

I chronically lie to people and have for a long time. How can I possibly stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2012 - 20 answers

How honest am I obligated to be with my parents about dropping college classes?

How honest am I obligated to be with my parents about dropping college classes? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Nov 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Should I be concerned about fiancees trivial, frivolous 'white' lies?

My fiancee is lying fairly often about trivial, frivolous things. Should I be concerned, or am I just hopelessly insecure? (special snowflake inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2012 - 32 answers

How not to be James Frey or Jonah Lehrer.

How careful and upfront do I need to be when writing an alternate history blog if I don't want to be a total asshole? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Aug 4, 2012 - 28 answers

Post-truth understanding is an oxymoron.

I have been seeing several references lately to "post-truth" campaigns/politics lately, but I am not sure exactly what the definition is. I can infer what is implied, but want material that explains what it is. Example [more inside]
posted by annsunny on Jul 14, 2012 - 7 answers

If it's a white lie, we may need some bleach

Am I overreacting to a lie my partner told me? [more inside]
posted by apophenia on Jul 4, 2012 - 42 answers

So, is my reputation tarnished forever?

If I lie (a very big lie), can I ever redeem myself? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Jun 15, 2012 - 41 answers

You lied and now Twitter has found out!

I recently became enthralled with the unfolding Twitter saga of the larcenous wedding photographer. So now I'm wondering how many similar stories have happened without me realizing; not just the big stories like Anthony Weiner, the Li Gong incident and Cook Source, but more low-key incidents that I might not have heard about where people were lying, cheating, or were just plain wrong and were discovered through social media. The human flesh search engine and Internet vigilantism articles on Wikipedia have some famous examples, but does anyone know about more obscure stuff? Thanks!
posted by jihaan on May 27, 2012 - 28 answers

I badly want a North American House Hippo, though.

I watch quite a bit of television (looong winters up here) and I find myself thinking a lot about truth in consumer advertising, something about which I know very little. Are there currently changes going that we're just beginning to see? Are there are more coming down in legislation in North America? If there are no changes, what's preventing them? [more inside]
posted by mireille on Apr 5, 2012 - 7 answers

What to do when someone you love is lying to you?

What do you do when someone you love is lying to you? Details inside! Thanks for the advice:) [more inside]
posted by blubutterfly on Apr 4, 2012 - 39 answers

in legal settings: how to keep my cool when dealing with a liar?

In legal settings: how to keep my cool when dealing with a liar? [more inside]
posted by ThiefOfSweets on Mar 26, 2012 - 33 answers

Taxes, College, and Lies

I lied about going to college whilst living with my mom. She still doesn't know. It's getting time for her to file taxes, and things could go very wrong. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Can a chin strap reduce chin growth?

Chin strap to reduce chin growth — Is this a real thing? [more inside]
posted by Shelf on Jan 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Living with yourself after doing a horrible and selfish thing

I need help in moving on with my life after telling a lie. Many lies. That hurt someone very badly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 - 28 answers

My girlfriend lies about hanging out with her ex

Is it okay for my girlfriend to hang out with her needy ex? Why she would hide their meetings if there's nothing to hide? Am I rational or am I the product of being cheated on several times in the past? [more inside]
posted by dreamsofhorses on Dec 21, 2011 - 42 answers

I mean I sure wouldn't want to know how often THEY get it on.

As an adult, how honest should one be with parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 41 answers

Are Muslims allowed to lie to unbelievers?

Is it true that Muslims are allowed to lie? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Sep 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Necessarily insincere...

How do you deal with needing to live an insincere life when doing so cuts to the bone? (in work and in school) [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Aug 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Is too much truth a dangerous thing?

Had a hunch about my SO's texting, followed it up and found I was right. Tried to make it right but I'm not sure if I have succeeded. Feeling like I might be crazy, insecure, a door mat, or all three. I know I'm not alone out there with this type of situation, wondering how others have handled things and what the outcomes were. Thanks in advance for taking a minute to read/answer (okay a of couple minutes, it's on the long side!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 - 79 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

Is there something psychologically wrong with my roommate? Either way, how to deal?

I have a roommate who has a number of personality traits I find inexplicable, frustrating and some, somewhat disturbing. Lying, being unreliable, being disingenuous to an extent as to almost be manipulative. Help me live with this person better and understand him. [more inside]
posted by adahn on Jun 7, 2011 - 42 answers

I ain't gonna take it no more

Quotations that express the sentiment of growing stronger before pouncing or revealing oneself to an enemy [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Mar 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Article about an endorphin rush from lying.

I'm looking for an article I (think I) read about a study showing that when people agree to a course of action, they get an endorphin rush, even if they have no intention of following through. Has anybody come across this, or did I imagine the whole thing?
posted by leakymem on Mar 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Can we make this work?

I told myself I would never post a relationship question, but here goes: My boyfriend had, what amounts to in my mind, an emotional affair that's been going on for the past 6 months. I need help deciding if this is worth salvaging. There are, of course, lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2010 - 43 answers

Help me become a beacon of truthiness.

I lie compulsively, and I'm looking for resources and strategies that will help me stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 - 15 answers

Women lie, men lie. But how far can it go?

So my roommate, a lovely, nice, intelligent, mostly wonderful sweet girl is MAYBE a psychopath. Maybe. [more inside]
posted by mrspeacock on Oct 14, 2010 - 29 answers

Do Good Single Parents Lie to their Kids about Long-Term GFs?

BF says I overreacted; my gut says otherwise. [more inside]
posted by dzaz on Jul 22, 2010 - 45 answers

How do we know survey responses are honest?

How do social scientists, psychologists, etc. detect and control for people lying in response to their questionnaires? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Jun 29, 2010 - 21 answers

If it takes two pens to draw a pattern, which one's out of kilter?

My boyfriend feels he can't trust me. I want him to, and I want to make things work, but we need to break this pattern. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 26 answers

I think my sister is delusional

DTMFA-filter - but she's my sister. Advice and/or anecdata needed, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Could everyone be as open with me as the people I get stuck next to on airplanes?

How do you get people to tell the truth? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Apr 4, 2010 - 14 answers

How to respond to deceit/lying in a professional setting?

How to respond to deceit/lying in a professional setting? - Professionals lying in order to save face after unprofessional behavior. [more inside]
posted by Doggiebreath on Mar 9, 2010 - 35 answers

I'd like to lie about my age

I'm interested in lying about my age. I'd like to tell people I am the age that I feel (and look). Has anyone here done this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2009 - 60 answers

What do I do with my therapy issues?

My Therapist Lied To Me. Given My Past, It Was Very Important That She Not Do That. What Next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 - 39 answers

How can I get myself to stop rationalizing bad behavior?

There are a lot of goals that I am working towards, that are easily within my reach if I just stick to some simple routine tasks. However, I always wind up sabotaging myself by making excuses for or rationalizing getting off track, and ignoring the reminders and cues I have created for myself to stay on track. How can I knock it off so I can reach my goals? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Nov 30, 2009 - 14 answers

I need help with a new complicated relationship. Give me advice! Please!

I need help with a new complicated relationship. Give me advice! Please! [more inside]
posted by GComes on Nov 14, 2009 - 20 answers

Should I believe him?

Should I believe him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2009 - 51 answers

My boyfriend has been doing lunch with the ex and not telling me about it.

I found out my boyfriend sometimes goes out to lunch with his ex, and he doesn't tell me about it. I feel this might be a red flag, not necessarily because of the specific situation, but because it shows he is perfectly capable of lying, even if by omission. Please help me gain some perspective. [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal on Sep 10, 2009 - 52 answers

Two Sides To the Story Left Me Feeling Anxious

Would my ex really lie about something like this? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on May 10, 2009 - 29 answers

What to do about my husband's white lies?

My husband tells white lies and it really bothers me. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2009 - 51 answers

Should I lie?

I will be deploying to Afghanistan and I'm considering lying to my parents/family about it. Is this an exceptionally bad idea? [more inside]
posted by lullaby on Mar 30, 2009 - 37 answers

I lied at work. Help me get over it.

I just told a petty lie to two people to save face just because I didn't have the moral courage to admit it. And, I feel like a hypocrite and terrible for not having enough integrity to admit it. It was something as simple as having misplaced something, looking for it and realizing that it was I who misplaced it in the first place. And unbelievable as it sounds, I do my best not to lie to anyone. How do I get over it? Have you lied like this before?
posted by xm on Dec 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Vote Fraud

Is my voting or not voting a matter of public record? I lied to everybody I know about voting, and I'm worried because I am uncertain about my true likelihood of being found out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2008 - 42 answers

Can I get my friend back?

I found out why a friend cut off contact with me. More details below. Can this friendship be saved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2008 - 29 answers

Should I provide a fabricated reference for a friend?

Should I provide a fabricated reference for a friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2008 - 30 answers

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