Lies!, Lies!!, Lies!!! The Psychology of Deceit

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Chapter 10
Detection of Deceit

He who has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips: betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.

-- Freud

We live in the information age, inundated with a constant flood of data. Not only are we always receiving information from interactions with other people, the truth of which must be continually evaluated, but we must also sift through a seemingly limitless flow of information from the media--the press, radio, television, and even our computer modems. If information is power--and that is certainly the message from both philosophers and government policymakers--then misinformation decreases power. Thus, we must all be lie detectors, continuously expending energy to evaluate the input of information for its validity and for the motivation of its sender.

There seem to be socially acceptable standards for seeking out the truth. If an individual is too accepting and unquestioning of information, we call that person gullible or unsophisticated. If an individual is too vigilant and suspicious, we call that person paranoid. There appears to be an optimal range of deceit-detection activity, and some acceptance of information without too much

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Preface xi
  • Chapter 1 - Everybody Lies 1
  • Summary 21
  • Chapter 2 - Defining Deceit: The Language of Lying 23
  • Summary 45
  • Chapter 3 - The Biology of Deceit 47
  • Summary 66
  • Chapter 4 - Learning to Lie: Developmental Issues in Deceit 69
  • Summary 86
  • Chapter 5 - Why People Lie. the Determinants of Deceit 87
  • Summary 101
  • Chapter 6 - Styles of Deception: The Role of Personality 103
  • Summary 129
  • Chapter 7 - Pathological Lying 133
  • Summary 146
  • Chapter 8 - Living a Lie: Impostors, Con Artists, and Persons with Munchausen Syndrome 147
  • Summary 170
  • Chapter 9 - False Memories, False Accusations, and False Confessions 173
  • Summary 194
  • Chapter 10 - Detection of Deceit 197
  • Summary 219
  • Chapter 11 - Technological Detection of Deceit 221
  • Summary 234
  • Chapter 12 - Therapeutic Approaches for the Deceitful Person 237
  • Summary 248
  • Chapter 13 - Effects of Deception 251
  • Summary 270
  • Chapter 14 - A Psychology of Deceit: Conclusions and Summary 271
  • Summary 283
  • Epilogue 287
  • References 289
  • Index 317
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