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White Lies

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

A white lie is a form of deceit that is generally socially acceptable because it holds the potential to prevent or minimize another person's emotional pain. Individuals report telling white lies with greater frequency than serious lies; however, they remember the ...

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