Would you reveal your secrets in the Truth Box?
If you are feeling guilty about a white lie you've told, here's an easy way to come clean.
Have you ever told a lie? It's likely we all have at some point. And those lies can often leave us with pangs of guilt. But now there's an opportunity to relieve yourself of those burdens.
Enter the Truth Box. The phone booth-sized box is quite simple to use: You walk in, hit record and confess a lie you've told at some point in your life. With any luck, you'll feel a little better afterwards. You can even tell your friends about the experience by using the hashtag #shareyourlie on Twitter.
The Truth Box is winding its way around America and will stop at the New York Film Festival this weekend at the Elinor Bunin Film Center on the Upper West Side.
The box is the brainchild of Duke University behavioral scientist Dan Ariely and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Yael Melamede. The two Israelis became fast friends years ago and have been working on "The Dishonesty Project" ever since. In addition to the Truth Box, the two have also produced a documentary about lying.
Lying is not a new topic for Ariely. He believes that cheating and dishonesty are inescapable parts of the human condition. So it's not a surprise, then, that the topic appears in much of his research. Indeed, he wrote an entire book about it called "The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves." With the Truth Box, Ariely is hoping to take his research a step further, by crowdsourcing stories about lying.
So what exactly is the Truth Box? Here's how Ariely explains it:
"The Truth Box has been an amazing experience," Ariely told From The Grapevine this morning. "The people who entered it and shared the truth about a lie were generous to a surprising degree and they shared with us some very interesting, difficult and important lies and lessons from their life. The experience of confession was not always easy for them but it was always deeply appreciated by the end. They all recommended the experience to others, and I second that."
Still not sure if you want to participate? No worries, we get it. The thought of revealing a deep secret can be intimidating. So to help ease you into the process, take a look at some examples and see how what others have said in the booth. (Yes, all the confessions are recorded.)
Here's a man who lied about having a British accent one night:
Here's a woman who lied about a haircut she gave herself in second grade:
Here's a magician who lied about liking Frank Sinatra, when he really enjoys Justin Timberlake:
See, it's really quite simple. Do you want the Truth Box to come to your town? Just shoot the organizers an email and you might soon be finding yourself face-to-face with a lie you've told. And remember, the truth will set you free.
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