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The Five Most Important Things Markie Learned In COM255

CA #12 - My list of the five most important things that I learned in Lying and Deception with Dr. Lucas.

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1. Sometimes it's okay to lie...

In special circumstances, it's okay to say a fib or stretch the truth. This can be judged by things like the context, the impact the lie will have on somebody, the intention, the culture, and the appropriateness.

2. Your five-year-old PROBABLY sucks at lying

Kids within the ages 3-6 are still developing their lying skills. Although they're able to alter their message according to the listener's knowledge, they're probably going to smile, laugh, and look away while they lie. (Pictured is my five-year-old nephew Jaxon)

3. A lot of us are simply in denial, and there's a term for that..it's called "self-deception"

We self-deceive for a handful of reasons. We do it for self-esteem, so we can practice lying so we're good at deception with other people, it enhances both our physical and mental health, and oh, it lets us put off important and tedious tasks until the last minute.

4. Catfishing takes a lot of time and effort

When catfishing someone, you have to not only make one fake profile, but a handful of fake profiles so your fake self can have fake friends and family. Who has the time to keep up with all of that? Oh, and on top of that, you have to keep all of your facts straight for each of these people all the time. Get a life, catfishers. I barely have time to update my own Facebook status let alone 8 fake statuses.

5. A lot of people are terrible lie detectors (but not me!)

When lie detecting, many of us are looking for the wrong clues. Some of the things we could look at are inconsistent statements, vocal pitch, smiling, and bodily movement. In this class, I learned that I'm pretty darn good at detecting lies.

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