Sunday, April 19, 2015
Lance Armstrong: Liars "Stop At Nothing"
She will lie even when she has little or no cause to do so.
Liars are not like you and me. That Hilary (and here, Lance) will lie even when there is no strong reason to do so, has struck a nerve with readers and have written about someone in their own lives (at work, or personally) of whom they found the same: the person will tell a lie even when there appears no reason to do so. It is scary. These liars are not like you and me. They are different.
You and I lie, feel shame or remorse, and seek to rectify what we have done. We tell "panic" lies, that is, quick, short lies about being late for work, or going 10 mph over the speed limit.
This is not what a habitual liar does.
Unfortunately for some readers, the lessons of Hilary Clinton are lost because of political loyalties, or partisan politics.
I can, however, present a more 'neutral' character to be examined.
I assert what studies have long shown:
Liars cause damage.
The damage is measurable, or tangible, but it is also unpredictable in scope, which is sometimes seen as "immeasurable" due to the unknown factor.
Liars never cease to surprise me, and never cease in teaching me something new in analysis.
Marry and liar and you will suffer more than you know.
Hire a liar and help increase the business of Hyatt Analysis.
Here is why:
Liars cost companies in dollars and cents, as well as morale and destroyed reputations.
Liars are those who put their own selves above the needs of others. They can, when pushed, become ruthless and savage, attacking those who question their accounts, and will not be restrained by the moral compass found within you or me.
They are different.
They will steal from you. They will 'carry your name' falsely; that is, they will destroy your company's reputation and 'steal' from you the very thing used to promote your business.
They will "fall" on the job.
They will be "harassed' on the job and will need money to feel better.
They will, if caught abusing substances, cost you rehab, which can be (at least locally) around $15,000 per. Ouch.
They will, in short, put their own selves above you, your business, and your employees, and should you dare challenge them, you will be up against a wild animal wounded and about to attack.
Since Hilary is political, how about another example that is publicly known, who also is known on a first name basis?
Lance Armstrong is a pathological liar; that is, one who lies even when he has no need to, and who will, and has, destroy anyone who dares call him on his lies.
The basis for this is the ego.
I often write about "The Liar's Contempt."
This is where the liar learns, from childhood, to hold the rest of the world in contempt. They have an expectation of being believed, which presupposes that they believe themselves more clever, or superior than anyone else, particularly, the audience or target of their lies.
Now, picture this in childhood.
The child has, by age 7, a well-set cemented view of authority.
The child either respects authority, as seen in the child's words towards parents, teachers, coaches, police, and so on, or the child is unafraid to tell a lie to the face of an adult.
This is where the arrogance and contempt come together, are fueled, and refined for future trouble.
The little liar learns either to not care for others, or...
the little liar's upbringing, where consequences were only things to be avoided, becomes evident.
The liar was not taught empathy for others, but care and concern only for self.
When a first grader shocks a school teacher with a "bold faced lie", that is, one in which shocks the teacher, as the child fabricates reality and implicates another child. The shocked teacher, upon reposing herself, reminds the child of the potential consequence to the accused student, and marvels when the face expression remains unchanged.
Looking into the face of a habitual or pathological liar when the lie is going to have tremendous consequence upon the falsely accused, and seeing no change, is something to behold, now that the 7 year old is 25, and is giving a deceptive account of "rape", knowing the young man could go to prison, all because she feels slighted or used by him.
It is something else, indeed.
It is also something difficult for honest people to believe. This is a good projection and I wouldn't change it for the world. These are those who think everyone is truthful because they, themselves, are truthful. When trained, these make the best lie detectors because their realm of "expected" is accurate and they are thus "confronted" by the "unexpected."
A liar will not suffer sleeplessness over an innocent man in prison. In fact, some are so depraved that they will lose sleep unless they have gotten their "revenge" for some perceived slight in life. This is difficult to accept, but it is truth.
Lance Armstrong is a sociopathic liar, utterly lacking in human empathy, no different than the ruthless ambition of Hilary Clinton, and he has a track record to prove it.
The flow of information on Lance Armstrong's crimes continues.
We now learn, perhaps, a bit of insight into how it was that the Federal investigation went away, before his lying mea culpa, with his meetings with Bill Clinton, George H. Bush, and Barak Obama come to light. Money, influence and the potential for money, tying up businesses with campaign contributions, influence, and more money conspired together to keep an indictment from embracing Armstrong.
It was the lone courage of individuals, instead, that brought down Armstrong, yet, he remains free, while others who have done far less, including cyclists in France, did jail time.
What did he do to climb to the top?
Then, once there, what did he do to stay there?
The accounts are blood chilling examples of a total lack of empathy for his fellow human being.
In a recent documentary, some of this contempt has been highlighted but it is my belief that it is
"not even the half" of what he has done in destroying lives. What his ex's might tell us would be something out of a horror movie, yet it is likely that they are under legal and/or financial restraint.
In the documentary, Armstrong is quoted as saying what damage will be done to "millions" of cancer patients if he is drugging.
In his deposition, his arrogance is something he seems to struggle to control, until the contempt reaches his tongue and he lets loose.
His vows of destruction were sacred, and they were kept, as liars do not like to lie to themselves.
The documentary begins, but only touches upon, how his performance enhancing drug use began early in his career and his love of money, something they also touch upon, shows how in the "Million Dollar Race", he bribed another rider ($100,000) into concession. They do not cover that in subsequent races, including the Tour De France races, riders testified about being bribed, coerced and threatened into submission, including riders from opposing teams.
The documentary shows how he even destroyed those who were "so beneath him" because they "got caught" and were "weak" in opposing investigation.
Lance Armstrong literally stood up against the world, and when accused, attacked and mocked. He did not hide behind attorneys, even though they did his bidding and his biting, and were also ruthless, without morals, in their own attacking.
He met with 3 US presidents that we know of, and didn't flinch under pressure, even with other riders ending up in European prisons.
As Statement Analysis showed, his "confession" to Oprah was also attended with deceptive responses, and he choked when it came to apologizing to his former teammate's wife, who he smeared for years.
He put his signature on receipts, of checks with 7 digits, knowing that he could be put in jail for accepting payment illegally, even publicly and/or under oath to God, showing his awareness of such, and lied.
He outlasted many, simply by wasting lawyer fees, and pressured companies to turn left, or turn right, at his bidding.
Even today, he has not paid back the millions he illicitly obtained, and has not spent a day in prison, though he was the head of a million dollar scam drug syndicate, crossing national and international borders.
He is a shining example of what a liar is, and what a liar can do when challenged. He helps define what it means to be "ruthless" and what it means for a liar to "hold the world in contempt."
He brought tears, heartache, depression and ruin to lives. This is what the liar does.
This is what we need protection from.
The documentary is called "Stop At Nothing" and although it leaves out so many of his crimes and lies, it is well done and worth viewing, and especially interesting to listen to not only Lance's language, but those who 'felt' he was lying, including a brave but much maligned journalist who takes a shot at Statement Analysis.
In my own "Lance" journey, I loved his book, and watched the Tours with my sons, but in the 2nd tour, when the allegations began, I first noted that he avoided issuing a "Reliable Denial" in Statement Analysis.
As each year passed, and I saw more press conferences, I noted how he continued to avoid issuing the denial, but increased his attack on his accusers. At that time, I considered that "they were all doing it" and there was "no other way to compete."
What I did not realize was just how good at doping he was, until years later, as he grew in wealth and the criminal conspiracies grew in sophistication. Even his best friends and team mates, like Frankie Andreau, could be thrown under the bus so readily when crossing the liar.
What this sociopath was doing was building an empire so powerful that he felt untouchable, which combined with his narcissistic disdain of everyone not in awe of him, to cause the pride to meet up with the inevitable fall so often seen in history.
It was inevitable.
Today, Armstrong is useful in teaching Statement Analysis, even in hindsight, because principle remains the same, yet he also stands as a good reminder of just how ruthless and unsympathetic a liar is.
"Stop At Nothing."
See what he did to Betsy Adreau, Greg LeMonde, and the cancer patients of whom he so often referenced in context to using performance enhancing drugs.