Omission, Misinformation, or Diversion

Unlike Samuel Clemens’ claim the three types of lies are Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics, I submit that there are three types of lies, but they would be classified as Lies of Omission, Lies of Misinformation, and Lies of Diversion.

Lies of omission are when a person tries to deceive another by leaving out parts of the story to mislead another. When someone gives enough information to make a decision, but not the whole story because it would incriminate oneself or someone else, this is a lie of omission.

Lies of misinformation are the most common lies and exist when misinformation is provided as the story instead of the truth.

Finally, I would suggest that when asked a direct question, the person who avoids the question by changing the subject often does so because they know they are wrong, which is the same as lies by diversion.

All three are equally bad and should not be acceptable. Yet, today I have been around and around with a person who steadfastly refuses to answer the question addressed to him.

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I am the Rural Iowegian of www.ruraliowegian.wordpress.com a published author and an award winning photographer. I use this space to speak my mind. God Bless.
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