Atlas Shouts’ Research Proved How to Spot a Liar
My book research for “Atlas Shouts” led me to investigate interrogation science as I researched how to spot a liar. Remember the TV Detective, Columbo? Columbo formed a key personality quirk around asking an interrogator-style leading question with as much “Gosh I’m stupid, but…” drama he could muster. The inquiry is textbook cross exam practice, aimed at exposing conflicts in the story. The acting was brilliant.
The research findings boiled down to 11 confirmed tactics humans employ to hide a conflict exposed by a question. In this case they are “prevaricating” – the generic term for lying.
If someone is accused of lying, the honest person will ONLY attempt to clear up the misconception of a lie. If the person is actually “hiding a lie”, well then they have a different concern on their mind: How do I defend my lie as virtuously as possible?
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