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Deception in the present world

Deception in the present world
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By: Dr Rohi

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest…..Benjamin Franklin

Deception, also known as double-dealing, has always been an element of human behaviour, and it is still common in today’s culture. People have more tools at their disposal to deceive others as technology advances and social interactions become more complex.

Deception is the act of purposely misleading or manipulating someone by offering false information, withholding information, or misrepresenting the truth. It entails manipulating facts, perceptions, or communication in order to create a false impression or gain an advantage over others. Deception can take many forms, ranging from basic lies and fabrications to more advanced methods such as manipulation, forgeries, or impersonation.

Personal relationships, social interactions, economic transactions, politics, and a variety of other circumstances can all involve deception.  It is often driven by motivations such as self-interest, personal gain, protection, or the desire to manipulate others. Deceptive behaviour can include both verbal and nonverbal communication, such as deceptive assertions, false promises, exaggerations, omissions, false identities, and even the use of technology to generate fraudulent information.

It should be noted that deception is typically regarded as unethical and can have harmful implications for both individuals and society. It erodes trust, harms relationships, weakens integrity, and can have legal and moral consequences. Nonetheless, despite the potential hazards and negative consequences, deceit persists in human behaviour due to a variety of reasons:

Self-Preservation and Personal Gain: Self-preservation is one of the fundamental motivations for deceit. People may deceive others in order to avoid injury, punishment, or undesirable repercussions. Individuals frequently use deceit to protect their own interests, whether it’s burying past mistakes, covering up illegal acts, or manipulating information to gain an advantage.

Social and Professional Advancement: Individuals encounter severe competition in many social and professional situations. Deception can be used strategically to obtain an advantage over others. Job seekers, for example, may misrepresent their skills or expertise on their resumes, whilst corporations may engage in deceptive advertising practises to attract more customers. The ambition for achievement and advancement in numerous fields frequently causes people to lie.

Fear of Rejection or Negative Judgement: Fear of rejection or negative judgement can also cause people to deceive others. People may feel obligated to display themselves in accordance with societal norms or expectations. To fit in or earn approval, they may conceal aspects of their identity, appear to exhibit specific attributes, or even fabricate stories. Fear of rejection or stigma can be a powerful motive for deception.

Distrust in Institutions and Authorities: Distrust in institutions and authorities have grown in recent years. Scandals, corruption, and misinformation have all damaged public faith. When people believe the system is defective or untrustworthy, they may turn to deception to protect themselves or navigate through the perceived dishonesty around them.

Technological Advancements: The digital era has created numerous opportunities for deception. With the rise of social media, online anonymity, and easy access to information, it has become easier for individuals to deceive others. People can create false identities, propagate misinformation, and modify photos and videos to deceive others. The internet is a fertile environment for deception, allowing individuals to hide behind screens and exploit the vulnerabilities of online platforms.

Dealing with deceitful people can be difficult. Trusting your instincts, accumulating evidence, communicating freely, setting boundaries, seeking support and counsel, independently verifying information, learning from the experience, and, if necessary, breaking ties with deceitful individuals are all strategies for navigating such circumstances.

Watch for signals such as contradictions in their statements, unwillingness to disclose information, body language cues, lack of accountability, excessive or unneeded detail, inconsistency between words and actions, and following your instincts when suspecting deceitful people. Consider their reputation and previous behaviour to gain insight into their trustworthiness.

To address the prevalence of dishonesty, it is critical to develop a culture of integrity, transparency, and accountability. Promoting ethical behaviour, fostering open communication, and emphasising the value of honesty can all contribute to the creation of an environment in which deception is less likely to thrive. Individuals must also develop critical thinking abilities, media literacy, and the ability to recognise falsehoods in the digital age.

Individuals must stay watchful and careful, especially in light of technology improvements that open up new channels for deception. Developing healthy scepticism, checking information, and building strong personal beliefs can all serve as defences against deception. Finally, the fight against dishonesty necessitates a team effort. The entire society must work to protect and reinforce the virtues of honesty, integrity, and transparency. By doing so, we may create a more trustworthy and robust social fabric in which deceit is minimised and trust is strengthened for the benefit of all.

(The author is a columnist who writes on contemporary issues)


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