Here’s What I Know about Lying and Detecting Lies

Once upon a time, my primary professional interest was in the psychology of deceiving and detecting deceit. I wrote about that in “My previous life as a deception researcher.” Now my passion is the study (and practice!) of single life. But I continue to get questions about deception. So I have compiled here many of my blog posts about lying and detecting lies. If you are interested in my books about deception, you can find summaries and links here.

I.                First, Some Truths about Lies

6 everlasting truths about deception

Telling lies: Fact, fiction, and nonsense, Guest post by Professor Maria Hartwig (This is a terrific critique of Paul Ekman’s claims)

II.              Lying and Becoming a Liar

Who lies?

How ordinary people become extraordinary liars

Big-time liars: Top 7 lies they tell themselves

What’s with all these big time liars?

Are truth-tellers more consistent over time than liars?

Do relationships need lies to survive?

Romantic relationships are hotbeds for serious lies

Americans’ cheating hearts: Results from decades of research

Keeping marriage alive with affairs, asexuality, polyamory, and living apart

What if Monica Lewinski had been married?

Maureen Dowd quotes me, but not about singles

Dexter the amiable serial killer

The power and peril of hurt feelings

Accused of doing something awful? Here’s how to convince others of your innocence

Profiles of liars: How men and women differ

III.            Figuring Out When You Are Getting Duped

Looks can kill – your better judgment

Why are we so bad at detecting lies?

How body language lets us down

Unconscous, gut-level lie detection?

Airport screening post-9/11 – what happens before you even get to any of the machines

In airport security lines, you are being observed

If you watch ‘Lie to Me,’ will you be more successful at detecting lies?

Manti Te’o and the revenge of the romantic fantasy

The most underappreciated sign of intimacy — and its demise

Getting suckered by a killer

Can a computer tell when you are lying?

Why political spouses — and all spouses — know less than we do

Friends and lovers: Is there a ‘knew it all along’ effect?

What friends know that others don’t

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