Deception Essential Reads

If Your Therapist Harasses You: #MeToo

By Kimberly Key on October 17, 2017 in Counseling Keys
What happens when you've been sexually harassed and/or assaulted by your therapist?

2017 Nobel Literature Winner on Sycophancy

Ishiguro's brilliant portrait of the excruciating side of sycophantic self-nullification.

A Classic Study of Sycophancy

The types of sucking up, or a pioneering theory of sycophancy

Another Dark Side of 9/11: Manipulating Trauma for Sympathy

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 24, 2017 in Culture Shrink
The heartbreak of 9/11 held the nation's sympathy. For a few wayward souls, the temptation of receiving that powerful sympathy was worth lying for.

The Underrecognized Victims of Trafficking: Deaf Women

Human traffickers often target more vulnerable victims who are less inclined to report abuse. One such group includes women who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
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The Power of Placebo

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The placebo effect is more than belief - again and again, it has been shown to produce real physiological and neurological changes. Does this mean that the mind can heal the body?

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.

Don't Be Jealous!

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

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

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

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.

Love Blinds: Why We Miss Dishonesty in Close Relationships

Close relationships offer intimacy, comfort, and security. Unfortunately, they also offer excellent opportunities for deception.
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7 Signs That Someone's Lying to You

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 Dating Photo Fraud: The Person Behind the Profile

Online daters with attractive photos are both distrusted and desired.
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The Healing Power of Placebos: Fact or Fiction?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 25, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Does new research really prove that placebos don't require deception?

People Wrongly Gauge How Much They're Observed By Others

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How invisible do you really feel when you are people watching? New research explores the invisibility cloak illusion and what it can mean in social situations

Why Your Lover Is Lying to You

Why do intimate partners deceive each other? There are some common and logical reasons.

On Raising an Honest Child

How do we teach our kids to be honest, even if it means admitting to breaking the rules? Research on children's lying behavior might be able to provide us with some helpful hints.

Money Laundering for the Soul

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What explains our ability to suspend our moral principles and inflict cruelty on others, in clear violation of the moral principles we claim to espouse?

Addiction and Self-Deception

Why do addicts hold on to false beliefs about their use?

Facts, Truths, Beliefs, Opinions, and "Alternative Facts"

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Think Well
In this time of "alternative facts," it's helpful to understand that a "fact" is a fact precisely because the "alternatives" have been disproven!

What Happens When You Lie by Telling the Truth?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Deception is a common activity among people. There are many ways to do it, and they have different influences on ourselves and other people.
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Is Your Relationship Toxic?

You may not realize your relationship is harming you or be able to leave. Find out the symptoms, whether there's hope for change, and steps you can put into action.
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Self-Deception Helps Us Accomplish Goals

By Tim Cole Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Intimate Portrait
More often than not, we lead with our goals and desires, not the facts. New research on how our ability to delude ourselves can be quite useful.

How to Talk About Politics in a Post-Truth World

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Political discussions are increasingly devolving into accusations of “lying" and "fake news.” How do we have real conversations in this world of “alternative facts"?

From Post-Truth to Post-Lies

Worried about the dominance of "alternative facts" and "post-truth politics?" Behavioral science points the way to solving this problem!

The Elephant in the Room

Concern over Donald Trump's mental health has 26,000 mental health professionals stating that he is unfit to serve as president of the United States. We agree and here's why.

Why Do People Lie?

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 20, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Everyone lies, some to save face, others to deceive for personal gain. This blog explores white lies, those untruths we say to preserve our value in the eyes of someone else.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: No Stealing

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 19, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Taking over a loved one's time, attention, property, space or decisions without explicit permission from him or her is stealing. Boundary violations can threaten a relationship.

The Con of Propaganda

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Insight Therapy
If you don’t hear much about propaganda, that’s what you’re hearing.

When Children Lie

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Research into how effective adults are in detecting deception in children have turned up some surprising findings.