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“If You Really Loved Me, You Would…”

“If you really loved me, you would…” Sound familiar? Whether from a loved one or a significant other, I think we’ve all been on the receiving end of this manipulative statement. I just saw Emily Wilson’s YouTube video on it (Watch here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc65N8nmkjk), and she really inspired me to write about the dangers of the statement. I, however, am going to be approaching the subject on a more of a technical level to reveal the deeper meaning behind it. First of all, it’s really a fallacious statement when you think about it. More specifically, it’s a sort of logical fallacy that I’d bet you’ve all heard of: a non-sequitur. It’s a Latin phrase which literally translates to ‘does not follow.’ And never in my life have I heard a variant of this statement wherein the condition does follow! And that brings me to my next point. I want to break down the sentence’s basic structure, and by the time I’m finished, you’ll see exactly why it matters. If you really loved me, you wou…

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