Poker is a game of deception. To deceive and avoid being deceived, you need skill, discipline and the ability to read people. You have to know your opponent’s tendencies and tricks to use them against him. Life is no different.

The trickster character is everywhere. It is in others and in yourself. To be duplicitous is to be human.

“Everybody takes the shortcuts, everybody plays tricks, everybody has in himself an element of duplicity, deception.” – Alan Watts

If this character is everywhere and dangerous, then it is wise to learn about its ways. What can the trickster teach us about our own psychology, other people’s intentions, power and politics?