This is one of those moments when I love psycholinguistics because it can shed light on moments like these. The media, including Fox News, (whom I usually admire) is equivocating between Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina. If you read Paul Ekman’s “Telling Lies” book what you find is that what Donald said is not considered a lie by the philosophical calculus of myself or the man who invented the science of micro-expressions. He accidentally mis-characterized a Green Screen Room as a Green Room.
Fiorina on the other hand contradicted herself and consciously lied in order to one up Jeb Bush, suggesting contrary to her biography where she said her daughter died from a combination of bulimia, prescription pill abuse, and alcoholism, she made the outrageous claim that her daughter actually died from marijuana. In the last debate she consciously lied in order to one up Donald Trump saying that she had a private meeting with Vladimir Putin, perhaps inviting people to assume that she had some business meeting with him whereas Donald Trump had never had a business meeting with Putin. Thereby making her the superior business woman with better connections than Trump has and therefore more credible.
What we see with Fiorina is that this is a strategy that she intentionally repeats. It is pathological for her. It is part of her modus operandi. The way she does it is not only deliberate it is also sadistic, delivered with contrived, calculated, artificial emotions. When a person wants to win they use whatever behavior they believe is dominant. Psychopaths never reform, they just become more manipulative. This leads me to believe, do to the frequency, intensity, and skill with which she uses the tactic that she has been doing it successfully for a long time and most likely will continue using it in the future.
In show business, the green room is the space in a theatre, or similar venue which functions as a waiting room and lounge for performers before and after a performance, and during the show when they are not engaged on stage.
The origin of the term is often ascribed to such rooms historically being painted green. The modern “green room” is usually not green at all. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_room
- (in film and video techniques such as chromakey) a blue (or green) background in front of which moving subjects are filmed and which allows a separately filmed background to be added to the final image: Also called green screen.
“a blue-screen effect”
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