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What Makes a Good Liar?

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 ”[…] I never taught you to lie. That’s why you’re so bad at it.”

 — Thanos to Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War

First: stay as close to the truth as possible. 90% of your statement should be truthful and 10% should be a lie. Don’t improvise a complete fiction.

Second: believe that it is the truth and commit to your truth.

Third: prevent follow-up questions so the lie remains shallow. Add an embarrassing detail that makes the story human/believable while reducing the chance of lingering on the lie.

Lastly: don’t lie, and consider the favourable alternatives: