Deception–Good or Bad?

deception No matter where you go these days, deception appears. “Wikipedia defines deception as acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth (as in half-truths or omission). Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda and sleight of hand, as well as distraction, camouflage, or concealment. There is also self-deception, as in bad faith.” Have we not visualized/heard lies or deception from our non-transparent governmental officials, advertisers, sales people etc. I believe its in every walk of life and/or wherever there is humankind.

Why is it that people can’t merely tell the truth? What motivates people to be deceptive? Is it because they’re covering up lies, sake of survival, driven by greed, seeking fame or instant gratification? I know we have all lied at some point in our lives and maybe more often than not, when considering white lies. Is it fair for one to do and not the other? For those with a conscience, there is personal feedback which helps one toe the line. For those without a conscience and focused on “me, me,me”, it’s about whether or not they get caught but are willing to risk shame or humiliation.

Wikipedia goes on to state there are “five primary forms of deception; Lies, Equivocation, Concealment, Exaggeration and understatement.”  These behaviors have been common among mankind for thousands of years. Not that they are bad or good, they just are and most likely, won’t be going away. I personally “hate” lies and or deceit secondary to instances I’ve experienced in my life. Yes, its creates mis-trust, which can be forgiven but, question is, will these people ever change their behaviors?

A study ( published in the journal Frontiers in Cognitive Science) by Xiaoqing Hu (Dept of Psychology, Zhejiang Normal Univ, Jinhua China and Dept of Psychology, NW University, Evanston Il USA), Hao Chen (Dept of Psychology, Zhejiang Normal Univ., Jinhua China) and Genyue Fu (Dept of Psychology, Zhejiang, Normal University, Jinhua China); ‘A repeated lie becomes a truth? The effect of intentional control and training on deception’, “showed that the performance of deception is malleable and becomes more automatic upon training. Meanwhile, instruction  itself plays a significant role in inducing behavioral changes associated with deception. The results imply that future deception detection studies should take this variation of deception into account to better understand the complexity of lying and the corresponding behavioral/neural patterns, and to better identify liars.” (Link Below) Yes, lying does take more effort but becomes much easier the more it is practiced.

Researching this topic brought up many authors who  believed that deception was both okay and not okay. I guess it’s a matter of personal choice. If you can tolerate someone telling you something you know to not be correct, you can confront them with what you know to be the truth but more than likely, if they are seasoned at deception, you’re wasting your time. It’s then up to you to put up with the deceit or merely walk away. The word ‘Deception’ sounds like the name of a TV series, which it is, but unless you have knowingly dealt with it, it will remain nothing but a  show in one’s mind.

LINK to Research Study

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