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Getting someone to tell the truth is an essential skill that very few people possess. In the boardroom, the classroom, or our own homes, every day we interact with others and try to get the truth from them. People are often untruthful out of fear of negative consequences associated with divulging information. But if a person is made to forget the long-term outcomes, he or she can be influenced to disclose sensitive information that's being withheld. The aim is to encourage the person to remain in short-term thinking mode, shifting focus away from the long-term ramifications of telling the truth.

As former CIA agents and best-selling authors of Spy the Lie, Philip Houston, Mike Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world's best at recognizing deceptive behavior and eliciting the truth from even the most accomplished liars. Get the Truth is a step-by-step guide that empowers readers to elicit the truth from others. It also chronicles the fascinating story of how the authors used a methodology Houston developed to elicit the truth in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms and how these techniques can be applied to our daily lives. Using thrilling anecdotes from their careers in counterintelligence, and with easy-to-follow instructions, the authors provide a foolproof means of getting absolutely anybody to give an honest answer.

Get the Truth is the easy and effective way to learn how to get the truth every time.

©2015 Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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same thing as spie the lie

Same thing as spie the lie. There was some new information but it was insignificant

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Much of this book is covered in "Spy the Lie"

Much of the content of this book can be found in "Spy the Lie", which was not a surprise as it was said in the beginning that it would be the case. The performance was well done but the content of the book was at times tedious, but still interesting and educational. I have yet to put theses skills to use but I hope they are not needed any time soon.

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1st one is better.

Spy the Lie is better. Both well performed. Both well written and all stars. Couldn't tell you how many times I've listened to Spy the Lie; I have it on CD's and through Audible. This one complements the 1st well.

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So so

I really liked it but it wasn't what I thought. It's geared to someone interrogating and not in real world applications. They also spent an enormous amount of time on pretend interrogation with OJ Simpson when went on for an entire chapter after they gave a lengthy dose of it in a previous chapter.

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It's an OK book on the subject - there are better

Would you listen to Get the Truth again? Why?

No, i would not listen to it again. In fact, after the first hour your realize that the story, the techniques are basically the same. Just hammer the person you are talking to with a monologue, don't be judgmental, sympathies without commitment, make no promises, make them comfortable, mimic, and they will crack. That's literally the whole book. If you have never heard of these strategies - ok, get the book, but if you have been studying body language, micro expressions, speech, inflections, and interrogation tactics for years, this is a total waste of time. The Like Switch is going to provide you with more substance than this book. Download that one.

Any additional comments?

If you have never heard of these strategies - ok, get the book, but if you have been studying body language, micro expressions, speech, inflections, and interrogation tactics for years, this is a total waste of time. The Like Switch is going to provide you with more substance than this book. Download that one.

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only read this if you are a polygraph student

this book could be interesting, if it wasnt marketed as a book that will help the reader "get the truth" out of people.

each scenario in this book presupposes one thing: your target is hooked up to a polygraph machine!!!

the approaches outlined in this book require that you, as the person seeking the truth, are able to detect inconsistent patterns in the respondent, then -with that data established- you can work through different rhetorical approaches to elicit favorable responses.

the respondent knows the questioner cant use the polygraph machine to read minds, but the respondent also knows that the questioner will persist if there is misalignment between the polygraph data, nonverbal cues and the provided answers.

try any of these techniques without a polygraph and the person being questioned can just keep the story going...and you will have no way to prove or disprove it.

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Really? That's it? CIA?

I don't know if it's that I'm a naturally good "interrogator", but most of this seems like common sense. I mean this is how I naturally find out things in relationships, especially when you think the person has a reason to hide the truth. You remain calm and sympathetic, you don't let it seem like the answer to the question would be upsetting or bother you. Maybe even act like your just curious. You make it seem like the impact of their answer wouldn't have negative consequences, etc etc. I don't know... I just got the book because after 13 years in a difficult relationship, where it ended 6 months ago and now things sort have picked up again, I had some lingering questions (with good reason to ask those questions) which I may have ignored before. So I just recently found out about her infidelities from lines of questioning like this, then I got the book wondering what it would be about, seeing as it was so recent and if I discovered there was more I wanted to know. And after listening for 4 hours I find that everything that's been said I already have done and always have done when screening potential matches. (The problem here was I ignored things I shouldn't have and didn't want to ask the questions in the beginning for the big things like loyalty, but found out plenty of other things that should have been enough to end it as well. Now years later I'm using what seems to be the same common sense practices to find out the whole story. Should have went with my gut 13 years ago and just dealt with it.)

So yea, about the book, I'm just not impressed. Haven't got a thing from it. Came on here to exchange my credit. But I guess that also means that these things do work for those who this line of thought isn't natural to them, and perhaps let the emotions show too much changing what response you will get. So it's good, just not for me.

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Great listen

Very easy to understand.
Resourceful information, best book with loads of information of 2017. I recommend this book!

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Same as spy the lie

Essentially, this is "Spy the lie" in different words. It's the same material and seemingly a waste of time and money. The examples given in "Spy the lie" are the same ones given in this book. Very disappointed.

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educational reading on negotiations

it started a bit boring but more I read, the book gave more insights in negotiating. learned a lot how to prepare for negotiations.