What makes someone a convincing liar? three most common personality traits of liars
According to the results of a study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, good liars generally tend to possess a specific set of characteristics.
The research paper was produced by Brianna Verigin and a team that examined around 200 people on their lying habits, asking them to rate their lying abilities from 1 to 10 and to admit how many lies they had told over the course of the years. last 24 hours.
They were also invited to share the strategies they use to lie and to rate the importance they place on their method.
The findings of the article were then published in PLOS A and they found three characteristics common to those who thought they were good at lying.
First, the researchers found that those who said they were good liars “may be responsible for a disproportionate amount of lies in everyday life,” meaning they often lie.
Second, the lies they told turned out to be “unimportant” and were mostly told to colleagues and friends “through face-to-face interactions”.
The third thing that good liars have in common is that they rely “heavily” on “verbal strategies of deception.”
On top of that, the study also revealed what the most popular lying strategies were.
More than 17% of those surveyed said they liked to keep their lies “clear and simple”, while 13% preferred to be “vague about the details”.
Good liars also said that they made an effort to embed their lies into “truthful information” to prevent others from distinguishing what was true from what was false.
And when it comes to gender, more men than women considered themselves good at lying, with 62.7% of male participants posing as good liars, compared to just 27.3% of women.
Now, we don’t recommend using this information to go out and start being dishonest with your loved ones, but it is definitely interesting to see how people who have a knack for lying think!
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