Mutual deceits

Other Names:
Lying to liars

Mutual deceits may be socially-condoned compacts of convenience, as in the bargaining rituals over items in a bazaar, or collective wage bargaining in industrialized countries; or they may involve mutually-destructive games or dangerous intrigues, as in espionage and criminal double-crossing.


The investigating journalists of Watergate falsely told people that others had already given certain bits of information or had said something about them. This strategem helped unravel the tissue of lies underlying the event.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST