Lying season, lying years

Draft of 2006.03.25 ☛ 2015.03.17

May include: academia&c.

Dean Dad discusses how he deals with being lied to, not by students, but by tenured professors:

I endure being lied to by trying to place it in the big picture. At the end of the day, if telling me tall tales makes Professor X feel better so that he can actually focus on his job, then my patient endurance has improved the college. If listening through the twisted paranoid fantasies of Professor Y gives me some insight as to what makes him tick, I have a better chance of getting what I need from him later. I have to have faith that I can see the outlines of a pony beneath all that horseshit. I don’t reward emotional manipulators by taking the bait. I keep enough distance to avoid getting sucked into other people’s psychodrama.