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9 habits of professional liars

9 habits of professional liars

There are people who steer conversations away from certain topics, hide key details, or sometimes just lie.

Psychologists and professors of psychology have discovered the habits of liars.

1. They are natural manipulators.

Good liars are not nervous about manipulating others; rather, they are confident, dominant, and relaxed while exploiting others.

2. They are great actors.

Lying is a game of projecting a specific version of yourself into the world. Good liars come on stage and play the role of an honest person.

3. They are good at faking emotions.

Whether expressing happiness, surprise, sadness, or contempt, good liars can frown, raise their eyebrows, or bare their teeth while laughing in convincing ways that belie their true emotions.

4. They are prepared for lying.

They rehearse and plan. A well-prepared and well-organized narrative makes a lie seem natural.

5. They talk as little as they should.

The more a person talks, the more details they provide that can make the lie believable. Effective liars say enough to be believed, but no more.

6. They are creative.

When questioned, you never know what question will come next, so the ability to create a realistic but fake version of reality is a must.

The talented with the ability to invent new ideas are the most successful.

7. They think quickly.

People who take too long to answer or suddenly use filler words like "um" and "uh" don't sound credible.

8. They have a good memory.

When honest people are asked to tell a story on two separate occasions, they reconstruct a memory of what happened. However, memory is imperfect, so their retelling often shifts and changes from case to case.

Whereas the goal of liars is to have zero difference between retellings.

9. They are good listeners.

They take the pulse of their audience, understanding when their listeners want more information, when they're satisfied, when they're starting to get suspicious, and when the subject needs to be changed.