Lying

Lying to oneself is called optimism bias. It means we imagine best-case scenarios and hope issues can be controlled, even as things go off the rails.

Lying to others is what leading scholar Bent Flyvbjerg calls strategic misrepresentation. Large projects sometimes incentivize fudging both the costs and the benefits, like giving overly sunny ridership projections for a transit project, in order to win public and political support.

Sarah-Joyce Battersby, “Why big infrastructure projects always go over budget — and what to do about it“, Ottawa Metro, March 21, 2017.

So “strategic” to know that what one says to others, or believes about self, is contrary to the facts. Less able to appreciate, when referenced to self? Though how much are “facts” a function of perception or context; at what point is one objectively lying?

Advertisements

About brucelarochelle

http://www.lmslawyers.com/bruce-la-rochelle
This entry was posted in Decision-Making and Biases. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s