“How could someone as smart as you fall for that?”
It’s embarrassing to admit you’ve been duped. People are quick to point out how gullible you were and how there’s no way they would’ve ever fallen for something like this.
The truth is that smart people are often duped because they think they’re smart enough to avoid deception. Intelligent people can have willful blindness, ignoring gut instincts and giving people and situations the benefit of the doubt.
No one wants to think they can be manipulated. Additionally, ignorance can be bliss, even when it’s willful ignorance.
Deception isn’t limited to romantic relationships. Jobs, organizations, families and communities can all be duplicitous.
Being duped can be psychologically traumatic. Talking about it can reduce the shame and trauma. Learn from your past by removing the rose-colored glasses to see the red flags.
Listen as Abby Ellin joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share what it’s like to be duped, and how to avoid it in future.
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