Exaggeration And Lying

Discussion in 'Philosophy & Psychology' started by Frank Sanoica, Oct 10, 2018 at 11:09 PM.

  1. Bobby Cole

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    I did write that mankind has a tendency to lean toward ambiguity but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who take it as a task to be totally honest.
    Similar to you Babs, I say I’m an open book but then, there are some things I prefer to keep to myself but if asked there is nothing I will not reveal.
    I do warn people sometimes though that asking me a question about myself or themselves might be the worse thing someone might want.

    Just to take the OP one step further, “Perception” plays a large part in what we believe or do not believe about other individuals and also what they say and do.
    I once knew a devout Christian who owned a convenience store. The church he went to was catagorically against drinking alcohol and smoking and although he did neither, he sold beer and cigarettes in his store.
    Some would perceive him a liar when he would speak of himself as being a Christian but others would take him at his word and without any doubts because of the way he openly displayed his personal life as a believer.
     
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    Yeah.
     
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  3. Von Jones

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    When I was little we use to call all of our playmates 'liars.' We would call an adult a 'liar' behind their backs. That being said once I saw the outcome of calling someone a 'liar' to their face I knew it wasn't a good thing to do and instead would say 'I don't believe you.' I don't like being called a 'liar' either especially when I'm telling the truth. It's an awful hurt.
     
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  4. Holly Saunders

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    I agree, nothing hurts more for me to be accused of something I haven't done...

    My mother used to be really angry if we called each other liars when we were kids, , she didn't like that at all...

    When I say I call someone out if they're lying Von, I mean I tell them I know that it's absolute tommy rot..or words to that effect..I rarely use the actual word Liar.. unless I'm furious, and I always ensure I know that I have my facts right before I confront anyone,.. but I have to tell you, I hate lying with a passion..I detest being lied to. I've always, always said...if it's some thing bad, tell me, I might be mad at what you've done or said but I'll get over it ..but lie to me about it, and I'll be furious, and the anger will be unleashed and I may never speak to you again.!!
     
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  5. Ken Anderson

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    Strictly speaking, I suppose anyone who tells a lie is a liar. I tend to reserve the labels for people who make a habit of telling lies, but that's not exactly consistent, I suppose. If someone murdered only one person, I would still consider them to be a murderer.
     
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  6. Von Jones

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    Some use the term 'liar' loosely without proof.
     
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    Yes, it has become a kind of battle cry like a fair number of other words that are just used rhetorically in order to try and get the upper hand in a conversation.
     
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