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Constructive Deception

In theory, most of believe it's best to "tell the truth" as we see it. In practice, most of us engage in various forms of deception. We omit information. We offer skewed interpretations. We decline to correct others' misperceptions. We distract attention from the truth. We outright lie.

This happens on institutional scales too. Governments deliberately deceive other governments as part international relations, and advertise virtuous rationales for their policies to their citizens that offen differ from their actual goals. Companies exaggerate the benefits of their products and services while downplaying their drawbacks.

This topic attempts to answer — When is deception constructive? When is it ethical? How can that be decided? The answers to these questions can provide individuals and institutions with guidance. What deception is acceptable? What crosses the line? If you're permitting deception, are some forms more acceptable the others?

Rhetorical Deception

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Psychological

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Government & Politics

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Security & Defense

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Parenting & Children

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Friends and Significant Others

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