False Consciousness is a psy technique used to combat unwanted mind reading.
In a False Consciousness Trap, the target creates a mock opening in his or her psychic defenses as a sort of a decoy. The scanner believes they've found a way into the target's mind--but in fact, they have only found his way into a "false consciousness." A well-constructed false consciousness trap seriously disorients the scanner, leaving him vulnerable to a nasty psychic counterattack.
Alissa deploys a false conscious trap when she is working at Psy Academy. If Duvalier has high enough aptitude, he can bypass Alissa's false conscious trap and then either distract her, or pay her to join the Resistance.