In my opinion, no one ever tells the complete truth. As humans, we all have the ability to lie, and sometimes bend the truth whether it is to make ourselves look better or make a story more entertaining. One time, I knew of this guy in my high school who was known for bending the truths of all stories. He would tell a certain group of people one thing and another group something else in order to make himself look better. Although our stories might not be 100% true all the time it is important that we story tell in order to get news out there.
I have mixed feelings about the "getting the news out there even if it isn't a 100% accurate." On one hand, yes, any attention to any important story is only an upside. However, at the same time, you don't want people to be believing in a wrong or misleading story.
They say people create their own story to interest others. I agree with that. When a person tells its story, it expects its audience to pay attention to its story and itself. Therefore, the story may not be 100% sure. For example, a man wants to attract a woman who loves travel, he will embellish his story like how many country and city he had been, and how beautiful those cities are, even he just saw them on his phone last night. Furthermore, sometimes we do not tell the truth because the truth is too miserable. For instance, 5 years later, a man came home from his failure. When he saw his 70-year-old mother was so happy about it, he is probably not going to talk about how bad his life was in the past 5 years, instead, he hid the true and create a lovely story of his achievement to no making her worry.
I also agree with you that some people might leave out a story to make others around them happy. They might make them feel better and happier by leaving out something that might make the story sad.
Yes that's true. Sometimes we bend the truth in our stories by not altering the story itself, but rather by omitting details. In that sense, an incomplete perspective on a story is bending the truth as much as using any form exaggeration. I never thought of it like that until reading your response
As of all the classmates that presented, most of them shared similar if not exact ideas. The main answer was that as humans we all tend to bend stories to make them seem more interesting than they really are. Moreover, as of psychological reasons, we as humans are born to have blurry memories and cannot recall events at the spot. Humans also have the tendency to change stories to make themselves seem more popular when introduced to people, and often they are considered to be lying to themselves. If people consider this lying, than it's more for the person changing the story to fill in an empty feeling that they cannot fulfill themselves. Another reason for the bending of a story is so that the person telling the story can either make it seem more comical or just so that the story isn't as simply in order for it to be told more. If a story is not told to heart, it's better off because a story in the end is meant to teach us how to love, forgive others, and laugh to become better people.
Hello Arthur! I also agree that sometimes lie to make themselves feel better about a certain situation. Two possible things people do in a situation like this is either lie about the story, or leave out a certain part they might feel bad about or dont want to mention in order to save themselves the headache.
I agree with what our classmates discussed in class. The truth is stretched constantly when telling stories to friends, family and strangers. On the other hand, a perfect story can be told without any room for white lies. But it can be very common to stretch the truth. This is because people want to excite each other, lives can be boring. People don’t see any problem with telling a white lie that probably won’t hurt anyone. A story that is stretched can sound more attractive and easier to follow when you are interested. It’s worth telling stories as much as it is listening to them, even the stretched stories. It’s important to keep in communication with others, as well as tell people about your day. If a little white lie is going to make more exciting than even better. The funny part will be when someone finds out the real truth and confronts the story teller, until then keep the good stories coming.
Hello Makenna! I also agree that people usually tell white lies because in the moment they lie they might not think that it is a big deal, but there lie might come back to them. For example, someone might white lie and say " oh he's my cousin" and not think much of it because its not putting anyone in harm, but this white lie might come back to them and make them look bad.
I think the issues with white lies is that it can accumulate over time. Eventually, you may end up building on to it until it's no longer just a "white lie." Moreover, if you persist on telling white lies and do a bad job at it, people will find what you say hard to believe and the stories will become less meaningful. This is because, well, it's only interesting if the events actually did happen. (i.e a car flipping in mid air has shock value when you seen it happen in real life but when it takes place in a movie, it's less gasp-worthy.)
I agree with your point of view I think there’s a level where people don’t mind the little white lie. Those little white lies usually are the ones that keep our society from falling apart sometimes for a lack of better explanation. For example when you complement someone on an outfit that doesn’t really look good on then you do it to help the person feel good it’s harmless like you say.
I believe the stories we tell could be true and the stretched truth. What i mean by that is, it depends on who you talk to. When out with friends you could tell them a truthful story whether its crazy or embarrassing you don't have much reason to lie to your friends. When you tell your parents or family members a crazy story you have to bend the truth a bit to keep them from knowing certain details of the story that can be bad on your behalf. I don't condone lying or stretching the truth but i understand why some people do.
Agreeing with my classmates, everyone bends the truth. Bending the truth makes a better story for the people paying attention. Telling the truth might just to boring, and the people paying attention might not pay attention. And most people don't even tell the truth in general. Even some little while lie happen once in a while for everyone. Not everyone is going to be truthful if a lie can be better.
The truth is stretched constantly when telling stories to friends, family and strangers. But why is it so terribly wrong to bend the truth with some white lies. Bending the truth gives excitement to peoples live, bending the truth makes a better story for the people paying attention. It’s important to keep in touch with others, S when having a simple conversation, slowly die out, you tell them something interesting that occurred in your day, and maybe you pull the truth a little to much but what is that white lie going to so, its not hurting anyone, it is just bringing joy to the people who talk about it.
Everyone adds a little bit of spice in what they're saying, whether it be a story or just a random fact. Life is extremely boring without some truth bent in it, only if it is harmless. No one knows the real truth in what they are being told, so there is honestly no harm in telling a small lie or some exaggeration in a story. As long as the lie doesn't hurt anyone, it's fine.
Most people bend stories on a daily, so when it comes to speaking about their past stories they are very likely to bend the truth. Whenever we tell stories about our past we want to present ourselves in a certain light and tell a story from our viewpoint. Some will bend the truth a lot and others will tweak the story to their standards, but they are both lying in some way. Since the story isn't a complete lie the value of the story isn't lost as its still the same story but with a different view point. This doesn't make the story not true but instead the person hearing it will have a slightly different perspective of what actually happened or took place. Some people bend the truth to make them the hero of the story or make it seem like they were the innocent ones. Whatever the case is, bending the truth makes the story more interesting and allows the person to present the story in a way they would want other people to remember it by, but again this doesn't deplete the story of its value, just because a couple lies have been added to the story.
The stories people tell bend on a daily basis, and it's not terribly bad doing so. People tend to bend stories that relate to their past. Whenever we tell stories about our past we try to show them in a different light so it can be relatable to others. If you tell one person a story and tell them to go out and tell ten other people the story will change within the process. This doesn't make the story not true but instead the person is hearing others interpretations imbedded within the story to make it more appealing. Twisting the truth makes the story more interesting and allows the person to present the tory in a way that can leave a picture in a persons mind.
I feel like each time we tell a story it changes. It actually has been psychology proven, that each time we tell a story we twist it in a curtain way even though we don't actually mean it. I think people still think they are true and meaningful and they love the attention and connection. I for one looking back at it bend the truth a bit so I don't look like the ad guy or I hide some information in order to make it seem better. No one can ever know if you are telling the truth but you, yourself. I guess stretching the truth is something on the daily for us humans. The truth hurts people sometimes so that why we rather hide something rather than telling them to destroy them. If you have nothing good to say don't say it at all is a popular saying that is relatable. At this point I say telling the truth is important. the truth can help someone make life changing decisions but us as humans will never do that.
There’s always a stretched version of the truth. Our parents lie to protect us when we’re kids and we do the same to protect some things that might hurt another individual. It’s factual that the brain modifies the truth and it tailors it to the individuals. It’s a normal thing for humans to do and it’s sort of like a natural reflex at this point for many people.
I believe that we bend the truth. we bend the truth so that other get excited and wowed even if they are lying about being excited as well. getting the moral of the story across is important and not bending the truth is important as well. we want our lives to sound exciting and we do that by bending the truth. we also don't think of it as lying but rather exaggerating. we also sometimes do not remember exactly hat happened and that can also throw off the story and create a bent or lying story. making the story sound fun or exciting is our main goal. we as humans are also looking for attention and telling a crazy story is bound to get some attention by anyone around you. next time you tell a story try to tell the truth and not tweak one thing about it. see how the other person is reacting and if they are even interesting. its very interesting that we do this and I never even realized that.
i believe that we all bend the truth when telling a statement or a story in someways especially when were are telling them to someone else because we always try and make something sound more interesting or make it sound more beneficial to us, at times it really doesn't matter wether or not if we bend the truth a little. i agree with the idea of us people being able to add on to stories to make them more easier or interesting to talk about without it changing the whole meaning of it, but there are times when people can lie a little to much when repeating something or telling a story which get rids of the whole purpose of telling it in the first place.
When people tell stories, they don’t always say the exact way it happened. It could be to make it interesting, or they might have forgotten details, so they say something to fill it. I also feel like it’s easier for like children to say these elaborate stories when the actual event wasn’t as exciting. Also, great story tellers don’t say the exact truth, they might add something that didn’t happen in order to make the story interesting.
They say that we lie and half of time we don't even know we are doing it. We lie to make things sound more appealing to the audience. Over time, they say that our stories are starting to lose value and it's part of what makes us, us. I agree except that, I think every time we lie we do know that we are doing it. We know that we shouldn't but do it anyways. Every time I lie it's because I don't want to get caught and don't want to feel ashamed in front of people. I lie because I want to protect someone else's feelings. Some people lie too much and some people lie for good reasons. We shouldn't have to lie for people to like us.
The stories we tell about our past are not always completely true. We tend to add a little bit of false details to make our stories the way we want them, whether it will be funnier, sadder or just more impressive. Some stories are completely made up. They are made to be told for others, but to us, the story tellers, our made up stories have no value because we are the only ones that know the story is made up. The true stories that we tell are the most valuable ones because we don't have to fake or add anything, we just tell the story how it is.
The stories we tell from our past become more and more fabricated as time goes on. It might be because the story has become a bit foggy and some details are missing from memory but it can also be that the person telling the story wants it to be more entertaining to the audience. It can also depend on who the audience is, if it's family, the story teller might change little details than if they are talking to coworkers. Even if the story has become fabricated I would think the main message is still in there and what they were trying to get across.
They say that we tend to lie a lot when speaking about past. I say that it is partly true, it depends on the topic we are talking about. We tend to tell stories the way we wanted them to be. Exaggeration is a big part of telling stories, but sometimes it is needed to make the story great. Some stories need a little bit of emotional appeal applied to them and that's what the good storytellers are good at. Without additional pieces attached to them, some stories sound boring.
Even though all of us were thought that we should not lie but it is not all the time. during story telling all of us have changed some things in our stories and tweaked some staff. I do not think it is a bad thing because we only want to impress somebody or make us look better which is not bad. But some people go over the top and and then it becomes being selfish. There should be a balance that all of us can understand and follow.