Me, myself, and lie: The role of self-awareness in deception

Amanda K. Johnson, Allyson Barnacz, Toko Yokkaichi, Jennifer Rubio, Connie Racioppi, Todd K. Shackelford, Maryanne L. Fisher, Julian Paul Keenan

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Abstract

Deception has been studied extensively but still little is known about individual differences in deception ability. We investigated the relationship between self-awareness and deception ability. We enlisted novice actors to portray varying levels of deception. Forty-two undergraduates viewed the videotaped portrayals and rated the actors' believability. Actors with high private self-awareness were more effective deceivers, suggesting that high self-monitors are more effective at deceiving. Self-awareness may lead to knowledge of another's mental state (i.e., Theory of Mind), which may improve an individual's deception ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1847-1853
Number of pages7
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume38
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Deception
  • Right hemisphere
  • Schizotypal personality questionnaire
  • Self consciousness scale
  • Self-awareness
  • Theory of mind

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    Johnson, A. K., Barnacz, A., Yokkaichi, T., Rubio, J., Racioppi, C., Shackelford, T. K., Fisher, M. L., & Keenan, J. P. (2005). Me, myself, and lie: The role of self-awareness in deception. Personality and Individual Differences, 38(8), 1847-1853. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2004.11.013