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Lies and Interpersonal Communication in “Win, Win”.
Journalism & Communication
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Mike Flaherty is going through a tough time. He is a practicing attorney in a small town in New Jersey, and he is going through a crisis. He is under tight financial constraints and there are many things that need to be done.
Mike’s practice is “slow” and does not earn him enough income. He is having a tough time paying the bills, which is made obvious when he refuses to call someone to take care of the dead tree in front of their property that is threatening to fall on their house. The plumbing and the heating system in his office need repair badly. His back-up system is malfunctioning and he refuses to call an IT person because it would cost money. He wants to shield his wife, Jackie, and their daughters, Abby and Stella, from the problem. Whether by accident or by choice, Mike ends up concocting a series of lies that landed him with more responsibilities and troubles. This paper will assess whether the consequences of Mike’s lies actually justify his decisions. It is said that lies are often treated “as the most efficient solution to interpersonal communication problems” (Camden, Motley, & Wilson, 1984, p.309). Deception is usually considered as the right thing to do in circumstances when one desires to avoid conflict, avoid distress, and protect one’s self and/or livelihood, among other acceptable reasons (Levine, Kim, & Hamel, 2010, p.273). These three reasons can be seen in the film “Win, Win” as Mike tries to protect his family from enduring the problems he is currently facing. ...
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