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  •  Saying whatever suits the occasion (6+ / 0-)
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    mama jo, TomP, Kinak, lgmcp, fsbohnet, trillian

    I've known people like this -- they don't "lie," because whatever comes out of their mouth isn't intended as a factual statement. That's not the way their brain works, searching for accurate memories and then formulating a verbal response that matches the memory. Instead, what they say is designed to mollify whoever is standing in front of them at that moment and make the question go away. I don't think this is necessarily conscious -- I think it comes from long practice, probably from the first time a child says "it was the cat who ate that cookie" and Mom smiles and stops yelling at you. Hey, it worked! Let's keep it!

    I have no idea if this is Romney's issue but his inconsistency is so persistent that I gotta wonder.

    •  I think that's a very perceptive take. (0+ / 0-)

      The fact that discrepancies will easily be proved later, does not deter such persons because they can't FEEL the imporantance of a discrepancy.   And they believe no doubt that we are ALL doing it that way all the time -- saying whatever seems most expedient in the moment.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 08:45:10 AM PST

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