Why Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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What compels a person to say one thing then invalidate it with their own actions? Hypocrisy, the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform, isn’t always addressed when needed. [Instead it is ignored…] I believe that actions speak louder than words because a person‘s actions establish their own credibility, influences others to act similarly, and can negatively impact others on the receiving side of the action. A person’s credibility relies solely on their actions. Often times, people lose their credibility when their behavior doesn’t resemble their previously expressed views. In 2007, I visited my aunt in New Orleans. While staying at her house, she informed me of a political incident that had stirred up debates over Louisiana’s republican congressman, David Vitter. Vitter, also an advocate for abstinence in public schools, was exposed using prostitute services when his name was discovered on the list of D.C. madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Despite him stating that “…saving sex until marriage and…show more content…
In a parent-child relationship, parents, for example, frequently establish rules that they don’t intend to follow. In some instances, children will follow their role model’s example and also break those established principles. There is a perceived unimportance to adhere to these established principles because their parents disregard them as well. In families with smoking parents, research indicates that the oldest child is at a risk to start smoking, even when their parents advise against it. This starts a cyclical action, placing a stronger pressure to start smoking on the younger children as well. Karl Hill, director of the University of Washington’s Seattle Social Development Project addresses the issue, stating, “It really is a matter of ‘do as I do’ not ‘do as I say’ when it comes to

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