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Lie Acceptability

  • In: Encyclopedia of Deception
  • Edited by: Timothy R. Levine
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Moral Development

Despite maxims such as “Honesty is the best policy,” lying is ubiquitous. Many studies suggest that lying is a communication tool that is adaptive and crucial for social life. People often agree that some lies are acceptable, while others are not.

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