Truth in Communication

  • O. Hobart Mowrer
Part of the Cognition and Language book series (CALS)


In October, 1964, the Journal of Business Communication published an article by Professor Bernard Sarachek, of Rutgers University, entitled “An Honest Appraisal of Honesty in Communication” (pp. 11–17). The thesis of this article follows:

Simply stated, the successful communicator is one who knows exactly how much of his information and intentions to communicate to others. He knows the extent to which he must distort or color his information in order to induce others to accept the attitudes he desires. For the successful communicator, ethical communication and effective communication need not be treated as synonymous terms, (pp. 11–12)


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Hobart Mowrer
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  1. 1.University of IllinoisChampaign-UrbanaUSA

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