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A half-truth, the central concept of this text, is a deceptive statement that includes elements of truth but also omits crucial information, leading to a distorted or misleading perception of reality. It is a common phenomenon in various facets of human interaction, including politics where it is employed strategically to avoid accusations of lying. In the realm of meme theory, a half-truth can facilitate the application of ideas, though it may lead to false conclusions. Selective truth, a type of half-truth, refers to the act of sharing parts of the truth which, despite being honest, does not represent the whole truth. This concept raises ethical and moral questions about deception[1] and lying. The text further explores different perspectives on half-truths and their implications, as expressed in various cultural sayings and quotes.

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1. deception.
1 Deception is a multifaceted concept that takes various forms, including lies, equivocations, concealments, exaggerations, and understatements. It is driven by different motivations, which can be instrumental, relational, or identity-based. Deception techniques are numerous and can involve mimicry, fabrication, distraction, camouflage, and disguise. Its presence in relationships is common, with motives being partner-focused, self-focused, or relationship-focused. Deception can significantly impact relationships, often leading to distress, detachment, and decreased satisfaction. Detecting deception is a complex task, as there are no specific behavioral indicators, and it often involves analyzing both verbal and nonverbal cues. The interpersonal deception theory provides an understanding of the dynamic process of deception.
2 Deception is a multifaceted concept that takes various forms, including lies, equivocations, concealments, exaggerations, and understatements. It is driven by different motivations, which can be instrumental, relational, or identity-based. Deception techniques are numerous and can involve mimicry, fabrication, distraction, camouflage, and disguise. Its presence in relationships is common, with motives being partner-focused, self-focused, or relationship-focused. Deception can significantly impact relationships, often leading to distress, detachment, and decreased satisfaction. Detecting deception is a complex task, as there are no specific behavioral indicators, and it often involves analyzing both verbal and nonverbal cues. The interpersonal deception theory provides an understanding of the dynamic process of deception.
Half-truth (Wikipedia)

A half-truth is a deceptive statement that includes some element of truth. The statement might be partly true, the statement may be totally true, but only part of the whole truth, or it may use some deceptive element, such as improper punctuation, or double meaning, especially if the intent is to deceive, evade, blame or misrepresent the truth.

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