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Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage [Paperback]

Paul Ekman
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27 Feb 2009
Paul Ekman is a renowned expert in emotions research and nonverbal communication. In Telling Lies, he describes how our language, facial expressions, and the way we hold our bodies can be read to tell whether we are being honest or not. Fox TV has created a series inspired by Ekman s work starring Tim Roth, of Reservoir Dogs and The Incredible Hulk, as Dr. Cal Lightman, who is hired by law enforcement agencies to spot deception and expose the truth in criminal investigations.

For this edition, Ekman has added a new chapter on his latest research. He has figured out the most important behavioral clues to deceit, developed a one-hour self-instructional program that trains people to observe and understand micro expressions, and done research that identifies the facial expressions that show if someone is likely to become violent. A self-instructional program to train recognition of these dangerous signals has also been developed.

Lie to Me premieres on January 28, 2009.


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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: 20.8 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Liar is as a Liar Does 8 Jun 2011
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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.
- 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.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Resource 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Brilliant! Was I telling the truth?
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