Essential Reads

How Fear Is Being Used to Manipulate Cryptocurrency Markets

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mind In The Machine
The world of cryptocurrency is profitable and intellectually intriguing, but misinformation campaigns that use psychological manipulation are creating chaos for investors.
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Multiple Personality or Malingering?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Human Equation
What happens when a person with multiple personalities kills? Pamela Moss claimed her alters were linked to two murders committed years apart but insisted she, the host, was not.

How President Trump's Lies Are Different From Other People's

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Living Single
I thought Trump would be more self-serving in his lies than most other people. He was. But that wasn’t what stood out most about his ways of lying.

5 Things Psychopaths and Narcissists Do in Conversation

By Kaja Perina on December 07, 2017 in Brainstorm
He was betrayed by a wife who took everything. He's on retainer with the NSA. Whatever the disclosure, it comes before he even knows whether or not you are trustworthy.

More Posts on Deception

What's Wrong With This Religious Wedding?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on December 07, 2017 in Am I Right?
Getting married in a religious ceremony when couples don't really believe can create serious problems, for the couple and the religion.

Five Ways to Maintain a Predator-Proof LinkedIn Profile

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
The vast majority of people who research you on professional social media platforms such as LinkedIn are legitimate professionals. The others, are virtual voyeurs, or predators.

Detecting Deception Is Possible, but Not Easy

Liars sometimes say and do things that make them look truthful, and truthful people sometimes say and do things that make them look deceptive.

Beware Handsome Strangers: When Online Suitors Are Scammers

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Social media is a convenient, rewarding way to keep up with existing relationships, and form new ones. This is also why it is such an attractive tool for criminals.

Roy Moore's Systemic Danger to Our Democracy

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on November 16, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Concerned about Roy Moore? This post shows how his accusations are a systemic danger to our democracy.

Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist With Wonder Woman in Between

A psychologist helped build up the comic book industry. In the 1950s, a psychiatrist wrecked it. Both saw comics' powerful potential, whether to improve society or destroy it.

The Workplace Bully and The Office Sociopath

Individuals who are competent, successful, cooperative and unlikely to confront the bully, or take action when bullied, are particularly susceptible to workplace bullying.

An Unexpected Apology from a Bike Thief

A short blog on an unexpected apology from a bike thief.

Insecurity May Enhance Your Ability to Detect Dishonesty

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Insecurity is related to the ability to detect dishonesty. Your suspicions about your partner´s dishonesty may reveal the honest truth about you.

When an Open Book Is Fiction: Detecting Dishonesty on a Date

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
As much as you want to take the plunge of trust, don't believe everything you hear. Pacing, presentation, and pauses provide several ways to detect deception.

Is Your Partner Lying to You? How to Tell by Looking

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Research indicates that contrary to stereotype, liars often do not present themselves as a fidgeting bundle of nerves; they often appear cool as a cucumber. Here's why.

The Truth About Fake Health News

How to tell real from fake health news.

Machiavellians: Self-Made or Born that Way?

Are master manipulators genetically programmed that way, or do they become Machiavellians over time?

Beware the Masks of Addiction

If we sacrifice our truth for the sake of the mask’s persona, then the illusion of the mask begins to drive our perception, choices, and relationships.

6 Things an Addict Will Never Tell You

By Amy Dresner on October 25, 2017 in Coming Clean
Want to know what active addicts aren't telling you? Here are 6 things they're probably lying about.

Which Politicians Should We Trust in the Nov. 7 Election?

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on October 23, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Which politicians should you trust with your vote in the November 7 elections? Here is an easy way to tell who's trustworthy.

Dante's Damned Flatterers

Flattery is a sin against the community.

Self-Obsessed but Not Introspective? How Does That Work?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
There's a difference between knowing yourself patly and wondering about yourself. The former is more fun, and more dangerous.

Lies, Self-Deception, and Malignant Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What type of person is attracted to narcissists?

Machiavellian Marketers

Bad marketing sometimes snares the gullible, but most of us are savvy enough to avoid cons such as “eat all you want and still lose weight!” It’s the good marketing that lures us.

#VegasStrong

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Naked Truth
What goes on in the mind of a mass shooter? In the mind of the shooter, there is a justification for killing. And it is based in lies.

Aging, Health, and Conscious Evolution

Can a framework based on an ancient parable help us to realize how much control we have over the nature and quality of our old age?

Cognitive Dissonance

What happens when you receive information or behave in a way that is totally contradictory to your beliefs? You experience cognitive dissonance.

Parents Teach Their Children to Lie

The teaching process is subtle but just as effective as if they had sent their children to formal classes in deception.

Nasty Bosses in the Shadows

Has the boss from hell bullied you behind closed doors?

Adoptees and Lying: Why Your Child Might Be Telling Lies

By Carrie Goldman on September 20, 2017 in Modern Day Parenting
Are you struggling to understand why your adoptee frequently lies? Learn how to empathize and respond.

The Creepy Appeal of the Bad Guy Narrator

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Creating in Flow
When the bad guy pops into your head and demands a novel, what can you do? That's easy. You write from the point of view of a narcissist.

I Am Not an Addict!

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Naked Truth
Addiction is at epidemic levels in the United States. For most struggling with addiction, self-deception is one of the biggest obstacles to recovery.

I Should Never Have Trusted Him (or Her)

If you have been deceived for years, you may have this same reaction. But should you?
By Martin Ransohoff (http://web.poptower.com/tyrel-ventura.htm) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Explaining Delusional Thinking

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Science of Choice
The dual-process framework of decision-making can provide some insights into the theory of delusional belief.