All About Deception

Studies show that the average person lies several times a day. Some of those are biggies (“I’ve always been faithful to you,”) but more often, they are little white lies (“Of course that dress looks good on you!”) Some forms of deception aren’t exactly lies—  like combovers or nodding when you’re not really listening. And then there are lies we tell ourselves for reasons that run the gamut, from healthy maintenance of self-esteem to serious delusions beyond our control. 

Recent posts on Deception

How To Avoid Regret When You Open Your Heart

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Three Ways People Try to Manipulate You

Three ways people try to manipulate us. Watch out for these common logical fallacies.

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By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What is the nexus between narcissistic and antisocial personality?

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Is Deception in the Eye of the Beholder, or the Deceiver?

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Can We Trust What Men and Women Reveal on Sex Surveys?

Sex surveys have limitations, but can be useful if administered correctly.

Telling "Little White Lies"

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Media Spotlight
For all that we value honesty, people still lie for a variety of different reasons. A new research study examines the role that compassion plays in lying for a good cause.

Is There a Downside to Teenage Popularity—For Parents?

When it comes to the art of deception, practice makes perfect. Parents of popular teens should be aware of the ways in which socialization facilitates deception.
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Women Who Run With Killers

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Love Blinds: Why We Miss Dishonesty in Close Relationships

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Psychology, Gullibility, and the Business of Fake News

By Joe Pierre M.D. on July 01, 2017 in Psych Unseen
President Trump keeps using the phrase "fake news." Does it really mean what he thinks it means?
BBC

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45's Unprecedented String of Inflammatory, False Claims

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By Donna Flagg on June 29, 2017 in Honestly
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A Better Understanding of Betrayed Spouses

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Ethical Dilemmas

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
Exploring nine common conundrums.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Exploiting Your Strengths

You might expect master manipulators to exploit your weaknesses. To conceal their motives, they may need to exploit your strengths instead.

Would People Agree About Everything If We Paid Them?

By Rob Henderson on June 19, 2017 in After Service
Do people change their minds about facts if they're paid? Research suggests the answer is yes.

A Behavioral Science Solution to Lies in Politics

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Here's why the person who hurt and betrayed you won't get it and feels no remorse.

Why Do People Lie to You?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Living Single
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Should You Tell Your Partner You Cheated?

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Paul Ekman Group, LLC

The Truth Behind Lie to Me

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Face It!
"Lie to Me," the hit Hollywood crime drama, was based on real deception detection.

How to Protect Yourself Against Pop Inspirational “wisdom"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
Nothing stunts our learning of practical wisdom like embracing half-wit wisdom masquerading as whole, universal wisdom.

Breaking News—Is it Fake or Real?

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What Makes a Liar?

By Diana Raab PhD on June 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Did you ever suspect someone was lying to you, but you didn't have evidence? This article discusses why people lie and offers a checklist in identifying a liar.

Online Daters Find Conservative Profiles Very Attractive

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Why Psychopaths Will Harm You, and Why They Don't Care

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Sorting Fact From Fiction: Why Expertise Matters

Are you able to utter the three magic words "I don't know"? If not, you could be on your way to making some really bad decisions.