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Eight Types of Lies that People Tell

https://www.thehopeline.com/different-kinds-of-lies-you-tell/

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Eight Types of Lies that People Tell
No one would deny that lying is a bad habit. Yet many people are clueless as to how big of a problem it is. Sadly, lying can become an unconscious and destructive habit. Let's talk about the different kinds of lies and see if you recognize them.

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Types of lies

Types of lies
  • White Lies. People tell white lies claiming to be tactful or polite.
  • Broken Promises. Failure to keep one’s spoken commitment or promise.
  • The Lie of Fabrication. Telling others something you don’t know for sure is true.
  • The Bold-Faced Lie. Telling something that everyone knows is a lie.
  • The Lying in Exaggeration. Enhancing a truth by adding lies to it.
  • Lies of Deception. A deceiver tries to create an impression that causes others to be misled, by not telling all the facts, or by creating a false impression.
  • Plagiarism. Copying someone else’s work and calling it your own.
  • Compulsive Lying.  Tell their mistruths even when telling the truth would be easier and better.

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