The Owl’s Corner, September 2010 – Truth vs. Deception

September 27, 2010 by  
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How can we tell when an animal is lying,

hiding something, or leaving something out?


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Thom Williams asks:

Sometimes we encounter animals that do not wish to reveal certain aspects about themselves, often medical situations they either wish to deal with themselves or simply do not want to go on another trip to the vet.

On other occasions an animal may have a hidden agenda item that they are being less than truthful about when initially discussing difficult issues. Perhaps they are masking jealousy, rage, fear, or other negative sides to their personality they do not wish to divulge to family or others. Maybe they are hiding abuse, either done to them or by them.

The range of issues can be as deep as humans that hide the truth from each other, perhaps more.

When it's ethically correct, how do you get to the truth in extremely difficult situations?


3 Responses to “The Owl’s Corner, September 2010 – Truth vs. Deception”
  1. Laurie Moore says:

    Animals like people, are here to realize the waves of their healing and uncovering in waves. When we face one aspect of our self we may find another underneath. If we, person or animal do not immediately share the inner most layers, we are not lying but simply unraveling.

    If an animal or person is not comfortable with sharing something private, that can be respected. The listener must also realize that the animal or person may be very comfortable sharing with some one else and therefor, look into his or her own heart as a catalyst of the blockage. We are more connected that we realize in the illusions of separation. All that exists is vibrating to be heard, seen and felt.

    Dr. Laurie Moore

  2. Nedda says:

    I have found that gaining the trust of an animal with whom I am speaking for the first time is quite important.

    I tend to pick up information about the animal’s personality right away, often from how the animal greets me. I am sensitive to energies, so I can feel whether they are trusting or not, whether their field is open or only partially open or closed in varying degrees. I always assume that, in an initial meeting, I am a total stranger to the animal and I do my best not to make any assumptions about how the animal will respond. I start off slowly, patiently, and seek to establish some level of trust from the start.

    If the human client has asked to talk about a sensitive topic (previous abuse or an unwanted behavior), I make it a point to tell the animal that I want to hear his/her viewpoint and that I won’t make any judgments. I explain to the animal that my job is to improve communication between him/her and his/her person. So I try to set things up so that everyone involved knows that I’m neutral and my job is to facilitate a solution that is a win/win for everyone.

    Of course, no matter what I do to set the stage or build trust there are some animals who lie or try to hide or even succeed in hiding key information. I have come to the conclusion that we humans aren’t necessarily supposed to know everything that is going on in a given situation.

    But when I sense that an animal is being reticient and consciously holding back, I tell the person this. Then I tell the animal that if s/he doesn’t want their person to know everything, I will keep the information in confidence. Sometimes this enables the animal to share important feelings that might hinder their healing process. And when they do share with me, I keep my word about keeping their “secret,” although I might discuss with the animal the benefits of sharing the information with their person. Sometimes this makes enough of a difference that the animal then allows me to tell their person the “secret.”

    This is quite a complex topic and I’m sure there are other perspectives on it that I hope my colleagues will share.

    Nedda Wittels

  3. dragonfly says:

    My first thought is “Do it with compassion.” To me in some ways it is not much different than a therapist working with a human who has hidden the truth, perhaps even from herself. Listening is important, and perhaps telling the animal that the communicator will not reveal anything the animal doesn’t want to have known. Reminding the animal also that it will feel better once the truth is shared is another useful tool, and ACer must keep that commitment when it is made. And, similarly as with a human, it may take a number of sessions, depending on the circumstances. We must be thoughtful, caring and gentle.

    Jackie Branagan