Lying as an art form
Lying, whether it is telling little white lies, or big fat porkies, is an old practice, and something that, consciously or otherwise, we find ourselves doing on a daily basis. Whether it is saying "I'm alright" to your partner when they ask how you are, to avoid getting into a discussion, or deliberately deceiving someone for your own purposes, lying comes in a number of forms, and it comes easily.
Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying that "You can fool some of the people some of the time, all of the people all of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." Herein lies the problem, it is important to judge who you can fool, and who you can't. People who know you, and who know your facial expressions are more likely to pick up on changes in your voice, facial expressions and general tone when you are lying, however there are ways and means to overcome this problem.
This essay will examine several ways that a person can maximize their chances of telling a successful lie, and more importantly, getting away with it. It is one thing to be able to lie, without a few moral concerns, but quite another to make the other person believe you. The three areas examined are: Truth, Preparation and Manner. By combining the techniques outlined, an effective, and convincing lie.
While the notion of truth may seem like an odd place to begin in an article about lying, I feel that it is an important step in laying the ground work for a lie. Mark Twain said "When in doubt, tell the truth" and this is a fair warning. Unless it is absolutely necessary, telling the truth is still the...