NCSU COM 112 - COM 112 Chapter 12 (31 pages)

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Com 112 - Interpersonal Communication

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CHAPTER PREVIEW 1 2 3 4 1 The Nature of Interpersonal Deception 2 The Diversity of Deceptive Acts 3 Communication Behaviors and Deception 4 Detecting Lies in Different Contexts FEELING THE PAIN OF DISHONESTY Amanda Broadband had always harbored suspicions about her husband Stuart s past He claimed to have been faithful during their 15 year relationship but in 2008 Amanda discovered in a very public and humiliating way that he had been lying The spouses were contestants on Jerry Springer s British television game show Nothing But the Truth in which participants are hooked up to a lie detector and asked a series of personal questions on the air Those who answer every question truthfully can win the equivalent of 100 000 but one lie and all the money is lost Faced with the chance to pocket significant cash Stuart responded to a question about his marital fidelity by revealing that he had carried on a brief affair several years earlier Although relieved to know the truth Amanda felt betrayed and deeply embarrassed all the more so because her husband s deception had been exposed on national television Page 382 N o one likes being lied to When we find out someone has deceived us we feel angry and taken advantage of Although those feelings of betrayal and violation can occur in all relationships they can be particularly strong and painful when the deception occurs in the context of a close relationship as it did for Amanda and Stuart Deception hurts us emotionally and it erodes our trust in others as the Communication Dark Side box explains 1 Yet are you completely honest all the time Do you ever pretend you re happy to see someone just to avoid hurting that person s feelings How about those times you say Sorry I have plans when you don t really have plans but you want to get out of something you don t want to do Most of us would have to admit we don t always tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth But being polite tactful or discreet isn t really the same



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