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General Chemistry I
Dr. Sibert
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by an elite notetaker on Saturday February 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CHEM 1112 at University of Texas at Dallas taught by Dr. Sibert in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see General Chemistry I in Science at University of Texas at Dallas.


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Date Created: 02/20/16
1. Who do you find yourself lying to the most in your life? What do you tend to lie to that person about and why do you feel you lie to that person? Though I had never previously given it much thought, I now realize that the people I lie to the most are the ones closest to me, especially my dad. According to the video, women lie more to protect other people. At first I dismissed this “statistic” as somewhat sexist, alluding that all women are nurturing and overly sensitive. However, thinking back at all of the things I’ve lied about, there is serious validity to this assertion in my everyday life, especially in terms of emphatic listening. After my parents divorced, I had decided to live with my father who was left very vulnerable, alone to raise 2 kids alone. This led me to assume a protective role in an effort to lift his spirits and prevent further pain, which I accomplished through both small white lies as well as more serious lies. These lies stemmed in my confirming responses and included false hopes about new dating prospects to “No, dad I don’t think you’re starting to bald”. As you can probably tell, these lies saved my dad from hurt, shame, or embarrassment. Our set of family rules dictates how I deal with this adversity, which is by stretching the truth in order to compensate for the harsh reality of life. The bottom line is that we lie because we care. In my situation, I care about the feelings and emotions that my dad has to deal with and their implications on our lives; therefore I justify lying or “half-truths” for the purpose of protecting. 2. Give an example of a lie that you feel is appropriate and a lie that you feel is inappropriate. Justify your answer. I believe that it’s completely unrealistic and irresponsible to postulate that lies are never acceptable. It is your moral obligation to omit the truth in certain circumstances, with other’s best interests in mind. An example of an acceptable lie is in the case of a paramedic who tells a critical patient that they’re going to be okay, despite their dire condition. I would argue that this medic has a responsibility to instill hope in them and give them a motivation to keep fighting, as opposed to dishing out the harsh truth, regardless of if they make it or not. As mentioned in the video, everyone says they’re against lying when it reality we are covertly for it. Lies become unacceptable when your intention is to harm or endanger someone, this is when lying becomes detrimental and completely inappropriate. Lying to a spouse to protect your own selfish interests, such as if one was caught cheating, is an example of this. Though this does protect your relationship as well as your partner’s feelings, it is morally wrong and is actually utilized to protect the cheater above all. While both scenarios prevent potential suffering, in the second case the cheater is lying to help his/herself, whereas the paramedic is lying to help their patient. In conclusion, the determining factor is whether the lie was selfish or not, reflecting incivility. 3. What is something in the video you learned that you did not know before? After watching this video what is something new you can walk away with when thinking about lying verses truth telling? Before watching the video, I had always thought of lie seeking as a game of “gotcha!” meant to catch the speaker in the act of dishonesty and shame them. The reality of the matter is far from this and reveals a much more valuable skill than exposure. The mature lie-spotter will use his or her skills to get to the truth and not to look for a single “deception cue”, expressed in the text as a behavior associated with lying, and automatically conclude that someone is a liar. In the video, it is explained that these behaviors as just behaviors and don’t necessarily reflect proof of deception. In my daily life I will use this knowledge to proceed in a mature manner of leaving the “mode of knowing” and entering “curiosity mode”. Instead of walking into the situation dismissing everything someone says as a lie because they exhibit a sign of lying, I will explore the possibility that this could be a natural tendency. The book states that these behaviors “may be natural behaviors for certain individuals”, not to mention “some nervous gestures are merely a sign of anxiety and emotion” that are associated with not only liars but also stressed truth-tellers. The multifaceted nature of the “truth” and the ways to get to the truth make this experience extremely subjective and hard to generalize. This will aid me in my future endeavors to get to the root of the matter in a mature and responsible way.


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