While the anchor for the story is the result of fact checkers on Paul Ryan’s statements and speeches, an interesting piece on lying in general and some fun categorization. Quote:
Most of us lie for a reason. We tell “altruistic” lies, such as false compliments to make others feel good, or “selfish” lies, intended to help us achieve some personal gain, says Stephen Porter, a forensic psychologist and professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan.
But pathological liars, he explains, fib frequently with no obvious motivation. They feel no embarrassment when they are caught out, and they are fully aware that their stories are false. “They simply are compelled to move on to telling the next tall tale,” Dr. Porter says. What causes pathological lying is still a mystery, but it is a symptom of conditions like factitious disorder, when people fake illnesses, or psychopathy, when people lack conscience and empathy.