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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!, 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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