Deception Essential Reads

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.
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Just Teasing

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in One Among Many
Teasing destroys trust (exceptions are noted).

A Powerful New Way to Discover Who’s Lying to You

New research suggests how to detect the liars lurking in your life.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
The Miranda ruling was intended to protect the innocent from making false confessions. But does it work?

Trump Inauguration: (Crowd) Size Matters, So Who's Lying?

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in A Logical Take
If the Media's lying about Trump having the biggest inauguration crowd in history, that's troubling. If Trump is scolding the press for not corroborating his lies, that's chilling.

American Psychopathy, Ascendant

By Yosef Brody Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in Future Directions
The ultimate merger of state power, corporate power and human psychopathy forebodes a whole new level of ruthless and calculated exploitation

Appreciating the Difference Between Pride and Vanity

With all the transitions happening at this moment in history, knowing the distinction between pride and vanity may help us appreciate the actions and reactions we see in others.

Are Psychopaths Happy?

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in The Happiness Doctor
Psychopaths tend to get what they want and feel no remorse. However, they have superficial relationships characterized by lies and manipulation. So are they happy?