This book uses a structured approach to interview and listening that should be in any physician's toolkit. As a psychiatrist, I often have to assess for risk of self harm or assault. As noted early in the book, the most important first step is a willingness to doubt the truthfulness of your subject. People contemplating self harm and assault are often deceptive about their symptoms and plans. People malingering self harm and assault are also deceptive.
Hence, this book can help train the interviewer to listen and observe clusters of symptoms consistent with lying and deception. In many ways, I think this book is an improvement over Roger's Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception with brevity and good use of examples.
Another review criticizes the references to 2 tables. This reference to the tables is not vital at all. The references are clear and concise.
I found this book very accessible at 1.5 to 2.0 X, but suggest reading/listening to it twice.
This audiobook was a light, informative and entertaining listen, with some good tips and illustrative life examples. After a bit slow start, a very good narration kept me interested and entertained. I was a little surprised to learn that the good-natured, nice guy type is better at detecting deception than the cold, dispassionate one. I particularly liked the descriptions of the three categories of lies (the lies of commission,the lies of omission and the lies of influence) and the part on popular misconceptions regarding micro-expressions, such as poor eye-contact.
Being a general reader, I found a sample narrative analysis in Appendixes a little too long and detailed for my taste and had to force myself to listen it to the end.
Overall, this book does a good job of outlining what detecting and evaluating deception looks like to those who are trained but it won't quickly teach you how to do it yourself. If you are a normal adult person, it will give names to your common sense approaches to identifying deception. Bearing in mind that you should not jump to conclusions based on a single sign of deceptive behaviour and that this book must be employed with understanding that what it yields is information that requires further examination and training, some tips and questions it provides could be used as an effective tool in resolving everyday situations, with a word of advice (quoting the authors): Don't ask a question until you are sure you really want to know the answer! :)
A very interesting book on a remarkably important subject. Lies! The authors seem to possess the know-how and put forward a sizable number of examples to that end. Unfortunately they chose to provide a limited amount of details on those examples which impairs the ability of the reader to fully grasp the concept being advanced. I concede that there is a chance that was precisely the goal.
In any event, a good book for non-experts (like me) in the subject of deception and interrogation.
Useful information, optimization for audio.
Anything that refers to items that cannot be seen.
This is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever listened to or read. The information is basic common sense with almost no added value.
Further, the examples provided are so watered down and underwhelming that I found myself struggling to continue to the end. In nearly every one, the "suspect" spontaneously confesses to everything in a matter of minutes after being asked the simplest questions.
The analysis of instances like Anthony Weiner's bungled press conference show no exemplary deception detection prowess. Anyone watching that disaster knew he was hiding a great deal.
Lastly, the book is not optimized for audio, more than once the narrator refers to items that cannot be seen.
Wish I could get a refund and nearly 3 hours of my life back.
This book is full of new information and quite different from others I've read. It deals with a more scientific basis for entrapping liars, like how just how the brain/speech/body language work together when telling a lie and it teaches you what you need to know to spot when lies are being told. You have to utilize their technique for it to work for you.
Every parent, especially of a teenagers, significant others of a cheating partner, employers, teachers, probation and parole officers, well heck, everyone needs to listen to this informative and well written book with good narration if they want to be one up on those who lie.
Exellent, educational, be able to see and understand how deceptive people respond.
The way most people act when they are trying to be deceptive.
You have to be in mode L2 (L squer ) In order to be able to detect a deceptive person.
Be more aware and pay close attention to the persons responses to your questions.
Be in mode L squer.
Simply not enough time in the world to read all the books I want to, so now I listen to them.
This was, at the time I listened to it the best book I had listened to. Its still great, but the one I am on now is even better.
Very easy to listen to, nice smooth easy to listen to voice.
If you have ever wanted to know for sure if someone is telling the truth, or hiding things from you this is a book you will want. They go over real world examples of times when people are flat out lying, and you know they are, but this book tells you HOW you know, so that you can spot it in other real life situations. What is amazing about this book is that they go beyond the typical things people look for when you think they are lying. Most of that is garbage. They show you new things to look for that are much more reliable in spotting a lie. While you wont know exactly what the truth is, you will know where to press them for more information so you can get the truth.
Excellent book. Unfortunately without the PDFs it's a bit hard to imagine when the authors reference pictures. For those interesting in helping people get their feelings out, the author's prescribed method can be an excellent tool in assessing honesty or at least indicators of dishonesty, e.g. with mediators, counselors, coaches.
Include the PDF.
Nothing. The authors didn’t have any great insight or knowledge that wasn’t provide in an afternoon of cartoons.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Sorry, but no.
Good introduction to what appears to be a long process if your interested in detecting deceptive statements. I think you would need more training and practice to make it useful - definitely more than what the book gives you.