… faking or response “distorsion” is a misleading concept because it implies that there is a “true” response that can be determined independently of the behavior of the test-taker. Because determining the true response is logically and empirically impossible, the concept of faking must be replaced by the concept of strategic action or the idea that the test-taker uses the test items to portray himself or herself as a certain kind of person on that occasion. (p. 1297)
Kroger, R. O., & Wood, L. A. (1993). Reification, “faking”, and the Big Five. American Psychologist, 48, 1297-1298.