I can understand if you’re fake around your boss but why do you have to pretend around me? I’m not paying you shit.
None of us are authentic, unless we suffer from some serious mental disorders. We all filter.
- Chris Brogan, from I Am Not Authentic
The Invention Of Lying is a film starring Ricky Gervais, about a man who lives in a society full of people who do not lie about anything at all. Like many high concept films, this one fizzles out and I couldn’t sit through more than the first third, but watching that first bit made me ponder the extent to which we all fake it in our everyday lives.
To what extent do you fake it? Freakonomics produced an interesting podcast on this topic, and I concluded that I’m far too honest for my own good. (I have thought this for a while now.)
Also interesting: A 1999 study by psychologist Robert Feldman showed that the most popular kids were also the most effective liars.