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To get good at bending the truth, you have to first know why most people are terrible at it

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In theory, lying isn’t good — it can breed distrust, harm your family, and infuse your life with chaos. But in practice, there are times when it would be convenient to be good at lying. Like when your boss wants you to give up a whole weekend for a conference, but you really need a break. Or when that not-really-a-friend asks you to be in their bridal party.

When you find yourself in one of these situations, backed into a corner with only a good lie to get you out, you want to make sure it’s a good one. …

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