A self-described scientist, another self-described scientist, and a self-described trainer -- what do they have in common? No picture on the internet. No business link on their profile. LOTS of time spent trolling the blogosphere.
Almost from the earliest days of AOL and CompuServe, people learned to game the internet because anyone can claim to be anything, and who's to know? Middle-aged cops pretending to be 14-year-old schoolgirls entrap cyber perverts and predators. GOK how many marriages have been ruined through virtual affairs. Real-life failures can pretend to be the people they wish they were....
But think about it, why do people lie in the first place? To impress people, to try to come across as a better individual than they really are, ... and the most sociopathic do it because they enjoy victimizing and manipulating others. It's NEVER pretty.
And most of the time, lying is pointless and futile. It MAY help get you out of the hole you're in, in the short term, but you WILL be found out. Eventually she WILL learn that you're not F Lee Bailey but a cheesy traffic lawyer living from one paycheck to the next, and with tens of thousands of dollars in credit-card debt. He WILL learn that you're older than you say you are, that your boobs aren't real, and you have twice as many children as you admit to. Your ugly, shameful character flaws WILL come out, because that's the kind of person you ARE.
I actually had a boss once who faked his college degree and was working for a world-class chemical company using wits, hubris, and elementary chemistry books. Amazing -- he must have had a first-class brain to carry it off, but also the SOUL OF A CON-MAN. He was forced to resign when it came out, of course. One has to wonder what became of him afterward -- did he do it again somewhere else? Or did he devolve into serious crime?
It all tends to make one very wary of whom one can believe. Sometimes the quality shines through, but at others the spottiness of believability plants the seed of serious doubt. Maybe the response to questions is the best gauge. If you ask for photos and they never come, if you ask for a business card and the purported professional never has one on him, if you ask how many patients/clients s/he has and you hear nothing but equivocation in return, I suspect that suspension of credulity is distinctly in order. ;-)
People with a lot of real-world experience (like us old people -- wink!) are less wedded to inflexible formulae and more invested in a list of possible choices which have been known to work for differing situations. Those who insist on a hypothesis which SEEMS common-sensical but which doesn't pan out in real human beings living in the real world cannot be trusted to have sound opinions on any subject.