So I came upon this article at 3:00am from insomnia and a lot on my mind. And this article reminded me of the people I came across with and worked with who just can't admit they are wrong, and will lie about it.
"The first two examples are probably familiar to most of us, because those are typical responses to being wrong. We accept responsibility fully or partially (sometimes, very, very partially), but we don’t push back against the actual facts"
Why are we afraid to push back and question? Maybe because we take it at face value.
The answer is related to their ego, their very sense-of-self. Some people have such a fragile ego, such brittle self-esteem, such a weak "psychological constitution," that admitting they made a mistake or that they were wrong is fundamentally too threatening for their egos to tolerate.
This also goes as well to the people we get into discussions with. You present the facts, but they choose not to listen to them, or to understand them.
"When confronted, they will continue to insist or pivot to attacking anyone who tries to argue otherwise and to disparaging the sources of the contradictory information"
People have fragile egos, and if you question them.. Well. they get defensive as the article states..
"People who repeatedly exhibit this kind of behavior are, by definition, psychologically fragile"
Just admit your wrong..Plain and simple.