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The brain of a liar works differently and here are the mechanisms that assist them in lying

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What is the secret to becoming a skillful liar? Simple: it takes a lot of practice. This is the short and sweet synthesis of various neuroscientific studies on the brain mechanisms of the people who habitually lie.

In fact, the mind of the classic "snake oil salesman" does, indeed, work differently than that of "normal" people.

Usuallywhen we say something that we know to be false, our inner response triggers a sense of guilt, and our body reacts chemically to something that is perceived as unnatural.

In the case of a professional charlatan and con artist this does not happen, or rather, it stops happening with time and practice.

A chronic liar has gradually acquired the capacity to be insensitive to sincerity, ignoring that natural stimulus that makes one feel embarrassed in being aware of one's own lie.

Telling lies is, therefore, a skill that can be developed such as writing, drawing, or other "creative" activities.

Of course, perhaps having a kind of genetic predisposition can help a lot, but this does not mean that an originally honest person cannot become an expert liar and con artist with the proper training.

It has also been observed that in pathological liars the brain has about 14% less gray matter, but up to 25% more white matter. This means that in the minds of people whose ability to distort reality is more developed, there are many more connections between ideas and memories.

In fact, for lies to be credible, they must be consistent, so it is essential not to contradict oneself and be able to improvise if necessary by making rapid mental associations. 

Everyone can eventually be successful at telling lies, what matters is to do it regularly, gradually turning off the emotional component that leads us to be honest or betray ourselves when we try to go against fundamental moral values.

Regardless of the motivation that pushes someone to tell lies, it is easy to imagine how this habit can become a full-blown lifestyle, so that "A lie a day keeps the truth away!"

Tags: UsefulPsychology
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