The Way To Truthful Relationships
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In The Liar in Your Life, psychology professor
Robert Feldman, one of the world's leading authorities on
deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give
fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has
become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it
exacts on us, and what to do about it. His work is at once
surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common
myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications.
Feldman examines marital infidelity, little
white lies, career-driven resumé lies, and how we teach
children to lie. Along the way, he reveals-despite our
beliefs to the contrary- how it is nearly impossible to spot
a liar (studies have shown no relationship between
nervousness, lack of eye contact, or a trembling voice, and
acts of deception). He also provides startling evidence of
just how integral lying is to our culture; indeed, his
research shows that two people, meeting for the first time,
will lie to each other an average of three times in the
first ten minutes of a conversation.
uses this discussion of deception to explore ways we can
cope with infidelity, betrayal, and mistrust, in our friends
and family. He also describes the lies we tell ourselves:
Sometimes, the liar in your life is the person you see in
the mirror. With incisive clarity and wry wit, Feldman has
written a truthful book for anyone who whose life has been
touched by deception.
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