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One of my favorite psychological tricks comes from a novella by comedian Steve Martin, Shopgirl. It’s a guide to telling lies. There are three essential qualities to an effective lie, says the protagonist Mirabelle at a party:
“First, it must be partially true. Second, it must make the hearer feel sorry for you, and third, it must be embarrassing to tell,” says Mirabelle.
“It must be partially true to be believable. If you arouse sympathy you’re much more likely to get what you want, and if it’s embarrassing to tell, you’re less likely to be questioned.”