Ways to keep people from seeing who you really are:
1. Tell them who you want them to believe you are. If you say it loudly enough and often enough, several people will believe you. People are often too lazy to look beyond appearances, under the surface.
2. Tell the truth. Most people are so used to hearing defensive lies that they’ll assume you’re the same. There’s hardly any chance they’ll actually believe you. Especially if you also joke a lot the rest of the time…they can never tell if you’re kidding or not, so they’ll always assume the worst. People are pessimistic.
3. Tell them about themselves. Tell them what they are thinking and who they are. They’ll be so busy being flattered, annoyed, surprised and generally flustered about being read by you that they’ll forget about trying to read you.