All the poker bosses in movies have mastered the art of the bluff, tricking their opponents into believing whatever they want. You might not be able to pull that off, but the half-bluff is easier and potentially more effective.
As advice site Dumb Little Man explains, the half-bluff is when you mislead, rather than outright lie. By mixing in a little truth with your bluffs, you give yourself more credibility. More importantly, you don’t want to make your success contingent on your bluff. If you have a backup plan, then you’re less likely to get nervous and give away your bluff.
Say all of your friends are talking about the Game of Thrones books but you have only seen the television version. Operating the sort of half bluff you would use when playing online poker in the middle of this tricky GoT situation can help you navigate the conversation by letting them think you know all about it – when it fact you only have half the knowledge.
This skill can come in handy when, for example, you’re trying to hide the fact that you went shopping for a present for your partner. If you try to say you’ve been home all day, your partner might catch on. If you say you left the house for a different reason, you’re partially telling the truth. In the worst case, you can confess that you were shopping, but that doesn’t reveal what you bought. Just the comfort of knowing that your secret doesn’t hinge on this one fib can make you more confident in obscuring it.