Decession: The Consequences Of Deception In Everyday Life

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People often find themselves in circumstances or situations that they have to lie. Individuals deceive each other for several reasons such as because the truth may cause pain or deceive another into believing a false statement or even lie simply because what they do best is deception. Indeed, deception can occur in several ways. An obvious choice of deception is telling an outright lie, it can also be by circumventing the truth, or disguise the truth, overstate the truth, or even casting doubt at the truth (Hippel and Trivers, 2015). It appears that deception is a way of individuals avoiding unpleasant truths about themselves or in people’s interpersonal relationships. As indicated in the following texts, Raising in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman, Desire under the Elms by Eugene O’Neill, and Our Town by Thorton Wilder, deception is an ever-present phenomenon in daily life. As such, the authors in the above texts utilize the theme of deception to illustrate how most relationships are built and thrive on deceit.
Deceit can be used to take refuge from the harsh realities people or trapped in life or the agonies they may suffer if they were to be truthful. Individuals often have to deal with difficult scenarios in life or have to endure some adverse and painful situations in life, which makes them come up with ways to cope with stressful or depressing and painful situations. The means of coping can appear in a form known as self-deception.
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