I guess I don’t understand the psychology of lying very well. At the very least, it seems to involve something more than the deception and its presumed gains.
Take the cases of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. Both are known, pathological liars. Even in the heights of their self-delusion, they have to know that they, themselves, are known to be pathological liars. Yet they carry on as if their lies carried even one iota of credibility.
I honestly don’t understand that.
Fig. 1. Former Prime Minister Theresa May listens to current Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Commons. Via the Guardian, photograph attributed only to “Uk Parliamentary Recording Unit Handout/EPA” and undated.
Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin, “EU calls on Boris Johnson to publish Brexit plan in full,” Guardian, October 4, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/03/eu-calls-on-boris-johnson-to-publish-brexit-plan-in-full
British Broadcasting Corporation, “Brexit: Boris Johnson will send extension letter – court document,” October 4, 2019, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49936352
John Crace, “Conservatives know Boris Johnson is a fraud. But he’s their fraud,” Guardian, October 4, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/03/conservatives-know-boris-johnson-is-a-but-hes-their
Bruno Waterfield, “You have one week to make a better offer, EU tells Boris Johnson,” Times, October 4, 2019, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/you-have-one-week-to-make-a-better-offer-eu-tells-boris-johnson-tn5nc6k5d
- John Crace, “Conservatives know Boris Johnson is a fraud. But he’s their fraud,” Guardian, October 4, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/03/conservatives-know-boris-johnson-is-a-but-hes-their↩