The Ways We Lie Response

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Tiona Edwards

The Ways We Lie Response After reading the article “The Ways We Lie” by Stephanie Ericsson I have discovered the ten different ways we as human beings lie to one another. Additionally, I have also learned which ways of lying are more harmful than others, but most of them seem to have their upsides and downsides. After reading, I came to the conclusion that “deflecting” is probably the least harmful of all of the type of lies listed. It is also a very smart tactic to use in politics. Simply not responding to an accusation can possibly irritate the accuser and lead them to degrade to name calling tactics which will overall make the accused look like the winner in the end. On the opposing side of that, I would have to say the “out-and-out lies” are the most harmful because you are blatantly lying to someone directly to their face and that can cause trust issues. Additionally, some of the rest of the ways listed such as “the white lie”, “facades”, “ignoring the plain facts”, “omission”, “stereotypes and clichés”, “dismissal”, and “delusion” all have their upsides as well as their downsides. Telling a white lie may benefit you and the person told in the short-term but in the long-term it can cause a lot of damage. As far as the façade goes, it’s always nice to have someone think of you as the way they would want to see you but in the long-term it’s not beneficial to act like someone you are not. Ignoring the plain facts could do a great deal of harm depending on what is being ignored. If you are going along with the example in the article about Father James Porter, it is very harmful and there isn’t any upside to that scenario. Omission could do little harm but it depends on the kind of information that is being omitted from the truth. With stereotypes and clichés, you have to remember that they may...
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