Lies Essay

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Arniesha Learson 3-23-10 ENG101 “The Ways We Lie” Lying is a form of deception, an untruthful statement, especially with the intent to deceive others. We all lie in many different ways and we may or may not do it intentionally. Some lie because we want to avoid small or important things. Lying is morally and ethically wrong and it is used to avert unnecessary conflict. There are many ways of lying. Dismissal lies have positive and negative consequences in any way they are used. Dismissal is the most sneakiest lies and occasional lies of all and it is used to dismiss feelings, perceptions, or any facts of a situation. This lie may prove that any person’s perceptions aren’t right. For example, from the essay, a child tells her mother she’s scared, but the mother immediately tells her that “she is not”, therefore making her perceptions inaccurate. She tried to avoid the truth by suggesting her feelings of her not being scared. This is an example of a negative consequence of a dismissal lie. Dismissal is avoiding the lie altogether. In addition, lying benefits both you and the person being lied to, because you didn’t hurt their feelings and they just continued to be satisfied. We all know it is impossible to live without lying and we are all put into some kind of situation where we have no choice but to tell a lie. Telling the truth may also be difficult. It is wise for people to consider to tell the truth, but you must expect the worst. For example, if the mother would have told her daughter she is scared, her child might grow up thinking the worst of whatever she was scared of. What is explained in the essay is different techniques of the ways we lie. Lying can’t be removed from our lives completely. In fact, it can be addictive and contagious. In a lifetime, everyone has lied to someone, or vice versa. Lying plays a role in our daily living and may

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