We all lie, scientists say, but politicians even more so
WASHINGTON - This is the season of lies.
We watch with fascination as candidates for the world's most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump routinely calls rival Ted Cruz "Lyin' Ted."
Cruz says this in response: "Falsely accusing someone of lying is itself a lie and something Donald does daily."
News organizations dedicate enormous resources to separating candidates' truthful wheat from their dishonest chaff.
But if we've come to expect and even joke about office-seekers who seem truth-averse, many of us have given little thought to our own fibs and how they compare with politicians' deceits.
According to experts in psychology and political science, politicians distort the truth more often, use more self-justifications and deceive in larger ways, and with more consequences.
Especially this year.