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Psicologia & Sociedade

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Abstract

CANIATO, Angela. Trivialization of lies in contemporary society and their internalization as psychic destruction. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2007, vol.19, n.3, pp. 96-107. ISSN 1807-0310.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-71822007000300014.

Lies are currently the chief attributes of social relationships with an ethically perverse value. Lies manifest themselves as ideology or are cynically expressed as "overt lies". Naturalized hypocrisy among subjects is the new norm and is revealed beneath the wary and oppressive subtleties of bureaucracy in cynical secrecy or oath justifications. Lies disrupt the manifestations of desire, feeling, thought and activity and blurs the respect towards the individual's alterity. They are totally complicit even though unconsciously individuals reproduce them as a farce. The propagation force of lies is foregrounded in the trivialization of evil that lies within human life. Lies produce and propagate the attribution of dangerousness of certain groups and/or nations, such as that of the socalled "terrorists", so that war activities for economical advantages against certain populations may be justified.

Keywords : Lies; cultural industry; trivialization of wickedness; social standardization; psychic destructibility.

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