A recent story about human lie detectors boasted one of the rarest — and most accurate — subheading ever written on the topic: “The death of the dead give-away.” So often, we hear instead about how this twitch or that manner or speaking or some other muscle movement is the new and shiny tell-tale clue to deceit. There are some clues to deception, but they are probabilistic cues, not dead give-aways.
That terrific article has inspired me to go off-script from this Living Single blog and start a list of everlasting truths about deception.
My books on deception include Behind the Door of Deceit: Understanding the Biggest Liars in Our Lives; The Hows and Whys of Lies; The Lies We Tell and the Clues We Miss: Professional Papers; and Is Anyone Really Good at Detecting Lies: Professional Papers (co-authored with Charles F. Bond Jr.). They are all available in print or as e-books. Other links are here.