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Illusion of Transparency: Your Poker Face is Better Than You Think

"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other." - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

When we experience strong emotions, we tend to think it's obvious to other people, especially those who know us well. When we're angry or tired or nervous or miserable, we may assume that anyone who looks at our face can spot it straight away.

That's not true. Most of the time, other people can't correctly guess what we're thinking or feeling. Our emotions are not written all over our face all the time. The gap between our subjective experience and what other people pick up on is known as the illusion of transparency. It's a fallacy that leads us to overestimate how easily we convey our emotions and thoughts.

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