Styles of Deception:
The Role of Personality
Her dramatic, attention-seeking, and histrionic behavior indeed went to the extent of lying to achieve her aims. Seeking attention was a way of life to Scarlett, and if she had to exaggerate, act, or even lie, these acts were merely tools, used by her with an artisan's skill.
--Wells 1976, in reference to Scarlett O'Hara
Different people tell different types of lies for different reasons. This simple statement appears to be a truism. Every person tends to have a characteristic manner in which he or she handles the "truth." This includes not only one's deceptive communications with others but also the characteristic manner of self-deception. Personality is important in determining these patterns of deception and self-deception; conversely, the style of deception is one aspect of personality.
Personality is a term used to describe a person's habits or behavior patterns that characterize his or her adjustment to life. These be-