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Dorothy Rowe,writer and pychologist at The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011.Lying is often much easier than searching for the truth but in both private and public life, we damage ourselves and other people with our fibs and deceit. So, why do we do it? Psychologist Rowe uses examples from Nazi Germany to the climate change discourse but her real concern is the inherent long-term dangers of parents hiding the truth from their children. Think you don't lie to your kids? Two words: 'Santa' and 'Claus . Credit Geraint Lewis
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