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Why Do People Lie When They Can Easily Get Caught?

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11:  Actor Stephen Rannazzisi attends The League press room at 2014 New York Comic Con - Day 3 at Jacob Javitz Center on October 11, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 11: Actor Stephen Rannazzisi attends The League press room at 2014 New York Comic Con – Day 3 at Jacob Javitz Center on October 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)

Experts point to narcissism as a potential reason.

On Wednesday, Steve Rannazzisi—a comedian who found fame on MTV’s Punk’d and has stars in the popular FXX show The League—admitted he had fabricated a story that he said was the basis for his success: barely escaping the tumbling south tower on September 11, 2001, while working a desk job at Merrill Lynch.

Rannazzisi, in fact, was nowhere near the World Trade Center on that day, and Merrill Lynch has no record of his ever having being an employee.

Why would someone who was high-profile and easily traceable in this digital age, with no obvious reason to lie about where he was on 9/11, lie?

There’s no clear answer, and one can only speculate as to what motivated Rannazzisi. But to the question of why people lie when they can get caught, researchers have some theories.

Many people in leadership positions are narcissists, says Amy Brunell, a psychologist based at the Ohio State University campus in Mansfield, who has made a career out of understanding the psychology of narcissists and what drives their behavior—including their tendency to cheat.

Read more at Time.com…

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