Lying about Affairs

Lying about Affairs

Seven Dimensions
Updated Nov 13, 2019

Eve Ash recounts to Dr Elizabeth Loftus her mother’s secret extramarital affair that ultimately produced Eve. 

Course Overview 

Dr Elizabeth Loftus tells Eve Ash that people having extramarital affairs have many motives for lying. Eve recounts her own mother’s long-time secret affair with the man who she later discovered was her biological father. Throughout her childhood, she’d had clues about this man, but her mother would never admit to anything. Even after Eve’s legal father passed away, her mother never spoke the truth, possibly out of fear for her reputation or jeopardizing the life she’d been leading. 

Key Learning Points 

• People having secret affairs have motives for lying 

• 25% of men and 20% of women admit to extramarital or secret affairs 

• Eve Ash’s own mother had a long-term secret affair that she never disclosed 

Interviewer: Eve Ash 

Interviewee: Elizabeth Loftus