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Every year on November 21.

The types of false confessions range wildly from innocent to historically harmful.

Voluntary false confessions are:

  •  Good natured prank-trolling to cause some harmful confusing that will get resolved soon. “Guess what I just did..”
  • To get attention. “I did it and it makes me important!”
  • Malicious trolling to make people upset. “I ran over your bike!”
  • Protective. To divert attention from the one who actually did it “My friend didn’t do it. I did it!”

Involuntary false confessions are:

  • Compliant false confessions. When forced or baited to confess to something you didn’t do. Either to make something bad stop or to get a reward.
  • Internalized false confessions. When someone believes they did something that they didn’t do.

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False Confession Day is good day to reflect on the differences of the types of false confessions and the impact that they have.
A good prank is just fun, but anything that turns malicious just spreads negativity or is even a big obstruction to justice.
So be careful to what you confess to and be careful in how to get confessions.
It is a terrible thing to extract a confession at any cost.
For you may be wrong and just complicate matters needlessly.


“A scapegoat remains effective
as long as we believe in its guilt.”

–Rene Girard

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