Y’all, sometimes it embarrasses me that my spiritual guru is a forty-year old man whose main hobbies seem to be being a cantankerous jackass who hurts my feelings and watching his lawn grow. But there you go. You make do with the spiritual gurus you have, not the spiritual gurus you wish you had.
As it so happens, it has come to my attention that you all need the guidance of Mr. Smartypants. I have, without consulting him first, decided to take the liberty of asking him some questions, the answers of which will help you all as you move through the world.
Dear Mr. Smartypants,
Thanks to my tax dollars, you have mad people reading skills. When faced with someone you are trying to get information from, do you rely solely on what that person is telling you? Why or why not? What are some ways you can tell if someone is telling you one thing, but is hiding something else? Do people let their guards down more easily when they are comfortable or uncomfortable? Are people easier to manipulate if you can promise them something they want in return for their compliant behavior? Does this apply only in times of war or also in everyday life?