Backstabbing

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Betrayal (or backstabbing) is the breaking or violation of a presumptive social contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations. Often betrayal is the act of supporting a rival group, or it is a complete break from previously decided upon or presumed norms by one party from the others. Someone who betrays others is commonly called a traitor or betrayer. Betrayal is also a commonly used literary element and is often associated with or used as a plot twist.

Roger L. Jackson, author of the article, The Sense and Sensibility of Betrayal: Discovering the Meaning of Treachery Through Jane Austen, writes that "there has been surprisingly little written about what we even mean by the term". In psychology, practitioners describe betrayal as the breaking of a social contract; however, critics of this approach claim that the term social contract does not accurately reflect the conditions and motivations for, and effects of, betrayal. Philosophers Judith Shklar and Peter Johnson, authors of The Ambiguities of Betrayal and Frames of Deceit respectively, contend that while no clear definition of betrayal is available, betrayal is more effectively understood through literature.

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  • MKR's Thalia and Bianca prefer elimination to backstabbing
    My Kitchen Rules darlings Bianca Johnston and Thalia Papadakis stuck to their morals rather than go rogue. Read more on this news related to 'Backstabbing'
  • Rahul charges TRS chief with 'backstabbing', only wanting power
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday accused Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao of "backstabbing" by going back on his word to merge his party with the Congress. Addressing two election meetings in Telangana, he said that TRS is interested only in power and urged people to vote for his party to ensure development and prosp Read more on this news related to 'Backstabbing'
  • Rahul charges TRS chief with 'backstabbing'
    izamabad/Mahabubnagar (Andhra Pradesh), April 21 (IANS): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday accused Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao of "backstabbing" by going back on his word to merge his party with the Congress. Read more on this news related to 'Backstabbing'

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