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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised edition edition (27 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393337456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393337457
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] wealth of detailed, practical information about lying and lie detection and a penetrating analysis of the ethical implications." -- Jerome D. Frank, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine "[An] accurate, intelligent, informative, and thoughtful work that is accessible to the layman and scientist alike." -- Carol Z. Malatesta "Intriguing."

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Paul Ekman, director of Paul Ekman Group, is the author of Emotions Revealed, Emotional Awareness (coauthored with the Dalai Lama), and twelve other books. The FOX series Lie to Me is based on his research. A professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, he lives in the Bay area.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun 2011
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Paul Ekman's classic book on how to tell when someone is lying has been issued in a third edition which includes his more recent research. Made popular by the Fox TV show "Lie to Me," this book documents the line of research used, not only by the show, but by Secret Service, police, jealous spouses and a host of others who want to be better at detecting lies. New material includes how to identify the facial expressions indicating that someone is likely to become violent.

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.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Aspinall on 12 Mar 2007
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This is one of the better books about this kind of thing; unlike the ridiculous garbage spouted by people such as David J Lieberman, whose books are rolled off the production line and based on nothing more than a desire to steal your money and not a shred of genuine expertise.

Paul Ekman is certainly an expert in his field, and this book demonstrates that expertise.

There are no stupid claims about never being lied to again, no sensational ability on offer to you if you buy this book, just a balanced, well written study of why people lie, and ways that you can learn to spot the signs of that lying.

The whole book is extremely informative, and its author's views are carefully explained to the reader without being un-necessarily academic, although the style and feel of the writing still possesses the authority you would expect from a world leader in this particular branch of Psychology.

An excellent piece of work.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 July 1999
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This book is a very good resource for separating the truth from popular fiction (e.g. eye contact) regarding detecting deception. The reading gets very bland at times, but the person bent on becoming a good detector will find it very useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harry Meek on 18 April 2013
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A great place to start if you are interested in detection/lying research. Ekman writes with clarity and gives a thorough overview to the area. Interesting applications and good indices/tables in back for the would-be lie-detector (though take heed of Ekman's cautions). Good reading for general knowledge on what is true and untrue about ability to tell and detect lies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Wilson on 7 July 2014
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Brilliant! Was I telling the truth?
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