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Why do users lie and exaggerate about computer issues?

PsychologyFilter: When users talk to technical support personnel about computer issues, why do they so often exaggerate (and often just outright lie) about things? It's extremely common, and it seems to be unique to computers. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Nov 12, 2015 - 61 answers

Need help IDing a song

I heard a song on the radio today that I really liked, but foolishly I didn't drop everything and try to find it, and now that I've forgotten the lyrics I attempted to memorise, I need help to ID it! The station's website only shows the last 20 or so recently played songs, so it's no help. What I remember is that the song was girl group-y, almost certainly from the sixties or seventies, and that the lyrics were in part about lying—I think there was some plaintive line in the chorus accusing someone of lying or something. OBVIOUSLY this doesn't narrow things down much, but I'll listen to anything that you think fits the bill!
posted by president of the solipsist society on May 14, 2015 - 24 answers

Should I tell the truth about looking for a new job

I am content in my current role, but looking to relocate. This will require days off work to interview. Should I tell my manager what I am doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2015 - 14 answers

How to deal with friend's infidelities

My friend has been involved in a committed, sexually exclusive romantic relationship for over a year. However, he has already had multiple affairs outside of the relationship. His girlfriend does not know. I like and respect her and am sick of seeing this going on behind her back. Seeing my friend lie, cheat, etc. has also damaged my liking and respect for him. I want this stressful situation to end but do not know what I can ethically do. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by NeverGrowSoOldAgain on Mar 2, 2015 - 60 answers

Six-Year Old Has Discovered Lying -- Strategies for Dealing

Our otherwise delightful six-year-old daughter has begun to tell an increasing number of lies over the past 6-7 months. The lies tend toward the lazy, (e.g., "yeah, I've already done my homework") rather than malicious or fantastical, but the frequency and ease with which she dashes them off is alarming -- as is her increased propensity for fabricating more elaborate tales. I know some lying by kids is to be expected (I certainly was no saint at that age), but do any parents out there have any winning strategies to help deal with this? [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Dec 9, 2014 - 32 answers

Discouraging people from lying on a pre-screening survey?

How do I accurately screen people on a survey when my screening criteria seem fairly obvious. How do I prevent them from lying just to pass the screening portion? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Nov 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Oops, I did it again :(

How can I forgive myself for exercising such poor judgment? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Oct 28, 2014 - 25 answers

My partner lied to me about alcohol. Now what?

My partner lied to me about alcohol. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Sep 19, 2014 - 49 answers

Is this a deal breaker? Lying and taking my money?

This summer my partner and I stayed in our common hometown by the sea. I have my own place there and so does he. I had to leave 2 weeks before him to go to work in another city, where I live. I had organized a holiday rental, for a week, 7 nights at my place. He was going to go last Saturday and get the keys from the renters. Otherwise all else was organized, cleaning etc. It was only for him to get the keys. The shock was really bad when today.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2014 - 38 answers

Thieving, lying landlords

How do I get my belongings back from a thieving police officer and his lying, thieving wife? [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Jul 13, 2014 - 14 answers

My girlfriend snooped through my phone. Now what?

I found out my girlfriend snooped through my phone. I don't know how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by hobodeluxe on Jun 27, 2014 - 48 answers

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

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