Paternalistic deception  

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Paternalistic deception is deception that is apparently performed for the deceived individual's own good by a person assuming a paternalistic role, whether they are their actual parent or not. It is intended to affect the body and feelings rather than behavior, attempting to interfere with the person's liberty of freedom for their own good.

An example of paternalistic deception would be a doctor telling a mother that her daughter is doing well, even though he knows that she is going to die. The doctor acted paternalistically to spare the mother's feelings without attempting to control her behavior or liberty of action.

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