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

Excuse Me! How Rationalizing Weakens Relationships

Regardless of how good an excuse seems, it will usually aggravate problems rather than resolve them.

Are Narcissists Able to Tell the Truth About Themselves?

Because people high in narcissism seem so focused on their impressions, you'd think they lie in psychological testing. New research shows when narcissists are most likely to lie.

Criticizing a Saint Part 2

Revisiting the decision not to interview Viktor Frankl.

False Is the New True—Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Humans have never really like the truth, simply because it is almost always inconvenient. So, what's different now about blizzard of lies we experience everyday? Backsliding.

How to Deal With a Workplace Psychopath

Science has identified what it means to be a 'successful psychopath.' Here's how to stay mentally strong when you have to deal with a psychopath in the workplace.

When Jokes are Actually Angry Lies

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Women Who Stray
When can we, should we, allow angry lies to be defended as jokes?

Is Critical Thinking the New Mindfulness?

Think "sexy" and think "critical thinking," at least in the not-so-distant future.
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Lying in Relationships: 3 Steps to Making It Stop

Lying is always destructive to relationships. The causes and ways to stop it.

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.

How To Avoid Regret When You Open Your Heart

Want to protect yourself from regretting opening your heart and being charitable? This article can help you avoid making bad decisions about your generosity.

Three Ways People Try to Manipulate You

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

Don't Be Jealous!

What is jealousy? Can we escape from it? Are you a jealous person?

Is It Narcissism or Sociopathy?

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

Avoiding Political Precommitment

Warning! Your worldview may be undermining reason-based decision-making. This article can help you steer clear of that problem.

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

Can you tell a liar by looking? Possibly — if you are looking at their eyes. Research reveals the eyes are one of the best indicators of deception.

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

Some women discover only later that they once dated a serial killer, and that they were lucky to survive.

Love Blinds: Why We Miss Dishonesty in Close Relationships

Close relationships offer intimacy, comfort, and security. Unfortunately, they also offer excellent opportunities for deception.

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?
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Tips to Spot Bad Apples Online: Volume One

Do you have the skills to recognize when you are being duped?

45's Unprecedented String of Inflammatory, False Claims

It’s no bull: He could (truthfully) claim to be one of the most frequent, flagrant liars to ever serve as President.

Leucidal Liquid: Safe or Not?

By Donna Flagg on June 29, 2017 in Honestly
A study shows surprising results from a leading natural preservative.

A Better Understanding of Betrayed Spouses

Do therapists sometimes treat betrayed spouses in unhelpful ways?

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

Tired of lies in politics? Here's a way to address the problem.

Why That Person Who Hurt You Will Never Apologize

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