Physiologically, power makes it easier to lie

A new study by the Columbia Business School is titled, People with power are better liars.

The average liar experiences negative emotions, physiological stress and fear of getting caught. Power, however, enhances the same emotional, cognitive and physiological systems that lying depletes. So holding power over others makes it easier to lie.

Read People in power make better liars, study shows on Msnbc.com.

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Physicians are masters at lying. They have the power and the money. Smart enough to stay under the radar and be secretic. They don’t get caught easily. My podiatrist sociopath was so skillful at lying. Most spouses of sociopaths don’t last as long as I did. I chalk it up to the power and status that my husband had to get away with gambling, cheating and medicating himself. After 17 years, I learned enough of the truth to divorce him. Yet, the community and our family will never know the truth. It was nearly impossible to expose him. AFter the divorce I found out he had friends who were friends with my attorney. He managed to manipulate him and the agreement was in his favor, not mine and my 3 sons. The attorney made it sound like I hit the lottery. My ex was paying his fees instead of the attorney taking it out of the settlement. I got alimony and basically house arrest. I can’t move, I can’t rent, I cant’ sell my house, I can’t get married, I didnt’ get colleg for my kids or health care for me. Never worked and he walked with all the retirement, social security and right to both his practice and a shoe store that I helped open. Meanwhile, his drug use, illegal purchases of narcotics, affairs and gambling away the equity in house and retirement in penny stocks remain only known to me. He even got a drug charge expunged so there is no record of his arrest, jail or prosecution agreement on public record.

I won’t go near a man who has power. If they have power they more than likely are fantastic liars. Even knowing what i know now -I don’t think I would be able to recognize the lies he told me for so many years. He was too good, too convincing, too logical and managed to erase all evidence.

Carla-I know what you mean about physicians. My ex spath was a surgeon. He was married and conned me into a relationship with him. He was telling me he was in love with me after 3 weeks and spent a year telling me I was the love of his life. I believed everything he said because I was naive. He was making plans to spend the rest of our lives together after his divorce. His wife found out and she filed and he moved in with me. One minute he was making plans for our future and the next day came home and said that he was leaving me, he used me for sex and that he never loved me. He moved out on the spot.

His wife tried to befriend me but she ended up taking him back and cancelling the divorce because he bought her so many gifts to buy her back. He had always said that I was the only woman that he was able to see behind her back because we had something so special and I believed all that crap. I found out later that he had done it 3 other times prior to me and all of the others were younger too, like me. He was 16 years older.

I promised myself that I will never go near another physician in my life, ever. They are narcissistic, power hungry and they lie so freakin bad. His friends were cheating on their wives too.


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