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Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage (Revised Edition) Kindle Edition
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From breaking the law to breaking a promise, how do people lie and how can they be caught?
In this revised edition, Paul Ekman, a renowned expert in emotions research and nonverbal communication, adds a new chapter to present his latest research on his groundbreaking inquiry into lying and the methods for uncovering lies. Ekman has figured out the most important behavioral clues to deceit; he has developed a one-hour self-instructional program that trains people to observe and understand micro expressions; and he has done research that identifies the facial expressions that show whether someone is likely to become violent a self-instructional program to train recognition of these dangerous signals has also been developed.
Telling Lies describes how lies vary in form and how they can differ from other types of misinformation that can reveal untruths. It discusses how a person s body language, voice, and facial expressions can give away a lie but still fool professional lie hunters even judges, police officers, drug enforcement agents, and Secret Service agents.
[A] wealth of detailed, practical information about lying and lie detection and a penetrating analysis of ethical implications. Jerome D. Frank, The John Hopkins School of Medicine --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00ECXIF6C
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Revised Edition (26 January 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 3133 KB
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- Print length : 403 pages
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Ekman points out that we often look for the wrong things when trying to detect deception. Even much of the information he has reviewed in training materials for job interviewers, jury selection, and other deception detection professionals is just plain wrong. The hard part about lying effectively is not concealing information, it is concealing the emotions the liar feels while lying. Guilt, fear and even the "duping delight" a clever liar feels when getting away with a falsehood can provide clues obvious to a trained observer. While Ekman acknowledges the value of verbal slips and body language cues, his research reveals the greater value of focusing on facial expressions, particularly "microexpressions" that are displayed and quickly concealed. He teaches readers to identify and interpret them.
Some of the interesting points the book makes as it teaches us to catch liars in the act:
- We should avoid the "Brokaw Hazard" of assuming someone is lying because their speech seems evasive or convoluted. Some people just speak this way, lying or not.
- We should also avoid the "Othello Error" of branding someone a liar because of fidgety behavior, such as repeatedly touching themselves or adjusting their clothing. They may be uncomfortable, but are not necessarily lying.
- Emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, disgust, distress, happiness, contentment, excitement, surprise and contempt are conveyed by distinct facial expressions, common across all cultures.
- Deception detection is most effective by someone who is familiar with a possible liar's usual behavior and can notice deviations from it.
Paul Ekman's book is recommended for anyone interested in detecting lying. It is a rough read in some places for a popular book, but is far more readable that the journal articles we would need to read without it. Forgive the author his writing style and learn some valuable lessons about his area of expertise.
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Ekman pulls no punches in the application of his experiences and updating the teach your self aspect of deception detection.
Providing insight to behaviour paradigms and aspects of reasonings behind lying, the narrative is not set up like some school text book, it starts out simply enough as a 'story' (which may or may not be true) and moves along chapter by chapter through the uneasy waters of deception, detection and the architecture of lying.
A must read if your Paranoid, or simply if your looking to expand your psychoanalytical techniques relating to life and work matters, I picked it up as an addition to my psychology studies, in that I find it invaluable in the Private Security Industry where I occasionally consult, where a persons' lying could verily compromise the very functionality; the very security of the business at hand.
Have I caught any one yet through this book? Yes, though I'm not at liberty to discuss that.
Is any of it fool proof? No, the 'Human Factor' will always play a part, though technology is fast attempting to place it in obsolescence, people can detect faster than any technological trickery available to date.
Is this a Manual? Not that it is traditional in its format, simply take the concepts and expand upon them, following the research papers as listed in the Appendix and perhaps then it's a Manual.
Be careful on how you use the material in regards to relationships, Ekman states on page 162; chapter Six: "The consequences can be disastrous for the disbelieved truthful adult as well. A friendship may be lost, or a job, or even a life..."
Though in my circumstances people first perceived as honourable loved ones; friends and colleagues, I was lucky with the revelations of their Sociopathy and Psychopathy and exfiltrating from the situations, others might not be so.