The Ways We Lie

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1. “We lie. We all do. We exaggerate, we minimize, we avoid confrontation, we spare people’s feelings, we conveniently forget, we keep secrets, we justify lying to the big-guy institutions.” 2. When Stephanie Ericsson went a whole week without telling a single lie, she recalled it “paralyzing.” She discovered that telling the truth all the time is “nearly impossible.” 3. A lie is a false action done with the intent to deceive. “Ignoring the plain facts,” “deflecting,” and “omission,” are types of lies because it involves most of the truth minus one or two facts. An example of deflecting is just an effective way of hiding. “Stereotype, clichés,” and “groupthink,” qualify as lies because you can take a single lie and turn it into a whole bunch of lies. For examples quoted in the “Stereotypes and cliché” section, they state “they take a single tree and make it a landscape.” “Groupthinking” is qualified as lie-ing because it requires a combination of other forms of lying—ignoring facts, selective memory, omissions, and denial, etc. 0. Stephanie Ericsson doesn’t easily accept the fact that lies are a necessary part of life because its like saying its okay to lie one way and not another is hedging. “I can’t seem to escape the voice deep inside me that tells me: When someone lies, someone loses. 5.

0 *Travails— 1.Engage in painful or laborious effort. 0 2.(of a woman) Be in labor. *Hedging— 1. a fence or boundary formed by a dense row of shrubs or low tree b. barrier, limit 2. a means of protection or defense (as against financial loss) 3. a calculatedly noncommittal or evasive statement

*Penance— 1. an act of self-abasement, mortification, or devotion performed to show sorrow or repentance for sin 2. a sacramental rite that is practiced in Roman, Eastern, and some Anglican churches and that consists of private...
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