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Is there a difference between lying and being in denial?

  1. swilliams profile image83
    swilliamsposted 2 years ago

    Is there a difference between lying and being in denial? And if there is...then what's the difference?

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Lies are the deliberate telling of things that are not true.  Mistakes are false words that were never deliberately false.

      If truly in denial, then the speaker is mistaken, not lying.  If they know better but don't want to admit it even to themselves, however, it is a lie.

      1. swilliams profile image83
        swilliamsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Very well put. What a tangled weave deception. Thanks for feedback  wilderness!

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      Rad Manposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Very good question. I suspect it would depend on wether the person who is in denial is honest or not. For example one can deny that the Holocaust happened knowing full well that it did in order to manipulate others for ones own agenda. It can be said that such a person is in denial, but we have no idea if the person is being honest with others or himself.

      1. swilliams profile image83
        swilliamsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Wow Rad Man! That is a deep and revealing concept. Thanks!

  2. cecileportilla profile image91
    cecileportillaposted 2 years ago

    There is a difference. Lying is intentional deceit. A false response caused by denial  is not based on intent since there is no conscious desire to mislead.

    1. swilliams profile image83
      swilliamsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Intentional deceit verses no conscious desire to mislead. Ceileportilla your response is beautifully written.Thanks!

 
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