The Lying Is Bad By Don 't Lie Essay

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“Lying is bad. Don’t lie. Bad people lie.” From an early age, children are taught about the consequences of lying in the hopes that they will become honest and effective communicators. After all, communication is based on the exchange of accurate information. Humans communicate with others to both learn and share with others, a process solidified on a foundation of trust and honesty. But what happens when individuals break this trust and honesty? Deception plays an important role in everyday life, appearing on both small and large scales. Whether a friend shares that they love their friend’s dress when they really hate it or a political figure lies about their involvement in a scandal, all individuals lie. However, this ability does not come naturally. Deception is an acquired skill, dependent on both cognitive development and experience. Young children are unexperienced in the art of deception and lack the experience, awareness, and abilities necessary to recognize when others are being untruthful. However, they possess some underlying understanding of malevolence that may guide their later interactions with deceptive informants. Direct exposure to instances of lying opens children to the possibility that communication is not always honest. And with time and maturation, individuals learn to recognize and detect instances of deception. As individuals become more experienced communicators, they gain the ability to read deception in others and mask their own deception.
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