Sample Social Work and Human Services Paper on Fallacies

A fallacy is a mistake in belief resulting from unsound arguments. Fallacies derive from reasoning that is logically incorrect thus rendering the argument invalid. I chose a blog about parents showing public display affection in front of their kids and the health benefits.

The fallacies I found in the blog include hasty generalization, circular motion, and appeal to ignorance. The title stated that public display affection may have health benefits (Borget, 2016). The word “may” is a hasty generalization fallacy. There is limited proof of the benefits. It is unreasonable to conclude the health benefits of public display affection limited proof about the same. There is only one source used for the article. The limited resources prove that there wasn’t enough research done to conclude the topic in question.

The next fallacy is circular reasoning. The mentioning of public display affection” is fallacious. The words elevated people’s moods but nothing was mentioned connecting them to the health benefits. There is no useful information shared about the relationship between public display affection and the health benefits associated with it.

The last fallacy found in the blog is an appeal to ignorance. The topic in question is not popular among people.  The study has never been done before but the author is confirming that public display affection has health benefits. The idea is new and the audience is ignorant about the facts and findings. The entire article is speculation rather than factual. The author argues that public display affection has health benefits but has no sufficient evidence about it and no one can prove otherwise since there hasn’t been any research about it.



Borget, J. (2016). Smooching in front of Your Kids may Have Health Benefits. Retrieved from Babycenter Mom Stories: -in-front-of-your-kids-may-have-health-benefits/

Frans, H., & Rob, G. (2016). Argumentation, Communication, and Fallacies. New York: Routledge.