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What Makes a Liar?

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

More Posts on Deception

Site Hardening: Predator-Proof Your Home

Your home is a sanctuary of safety and security. Fortify your walls with common sense and perception. While most of your neighbors are safe, be on alert for those who are not.

How Behavioral Science Can Help Truth Triumph Over Lies

Worried about deceptive political coverage by the media? This article shows how you can take steps to fix this problem!

Is Prescribing a Placebo the Same as Lying?

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on April 18, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Is it ever OK to lie? The placebo response is well known. But prescribing a placebo borders on unethical in our age of informed consent. But are placebos happening all the time?
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Which Is "Crazier?"

How does a forensic psychologist tease out the mind of a criminal defendant at the time he committed it? Debunking one myth - and investigating one source - at a time.
Simon & Schuster

Pseudocide: The Art of Faking Your Death

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 04, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Writer explores those who want to fake their deaths, those who hunt them down, those who fail and those who succeed. Everything you want to know but were afraid to ask.

The Brain Science of Political Deception in the Election

Confused by why so many people were deceived in the 2016 election? This article uses recent research to provide some clarity.

Why Do Teens Lie? Part 1

Lying has many shades of gray. Kids are good at it.

Making Sense of FBI Director James Comey's Testimony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 27, 2017 in Spycatcher
Too often we talk about politicians talking to Russian as though there were no threat—there is always a threat with Putin in charge.

In Defense of Language

It is critical that we respect our only means of making sense of our world.
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Is Using Profanity a Sign of Honesty?

A recent paper suggests that profanity may be a reflection of emotional honesty and candor. However, closer examination of the studies' results casts doubt on this idea.
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Tears of Pain and Tears of Joy

Crying can be a powerful expression of pain or joy; however it can also be used as a manipulative device. Genuine crying is a window into a person's emotional condition.

What's the Difference Between Me and You?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Hide and Seek
What makes me me and you you?

Do Dogs Ever Lie to or Try to Deceive People?

New data shows that dogs are capable of being deceptive around people when it is in their own self-interest.

When Silence Is Deafening

By Kaja Perina on March 07, 2017 in Brainstorm
A tiny act or calculation, including the decision to keep a secret, can eventually and invisibly sculpt a person’s relationships, even his or her identity.
K. Ramsland

The Predator's Advantage

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
The predator's advantage involves a clear plan, with an escape route.

After Cheating: Restoring Relationship Trust

After so many lies and secrets, can trust ever be restored?

Texas Bill Could Enable Doctors to Legally Lie to You

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Naked Truth
Although Texas Senate Bill 25 may seem to be about abortion and your right to sue your doctor—it is actually fundamentally about medical ethics and honesty.

Why do People Lie? Part Two.

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 25, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? Strategic lying is all around us. So we form groups with people who share our values and we can trust. We are desperate to trust.

How I Learned to Stop Lying, by Marcia Butler

By Jennifer Haupt on February 21, 2017 in One True Thing
I couldn’t tolerate even one person knowing what had happened to me — even my therapist. The shame was crippling.

The Abuse of Language by Groups Seeking Social Change

By Hank Davis on February 16, 2017 in Caveman Logic
You're driving me crazy with your over-the-top language
Gage Skidmore

The Science of Solving Alternative Facts

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Worried about the dominance of "alternative facts" in politics? This article has some tips for solving this problem!

Think Someone Might Be Lying to You? Time Will Tell.

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Across human communication contexts, nothing is more important than truth. A new meta-analysis describes one important feature that distinguishes fact from fiction.

“Is Your Pet a Psychopath?”

How did deception evolve, and how do you know it's there? Learn these 4 simple, but overlooked signs.
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Why Do Americans Like Sociopaths?

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on February 09, 2017 in The Power of Rest
What makes sociopathy so alluring, so exciting? Nominations are open for the Madoff Prize.

“It Takes One to Know One,” Truth or Half-Truth?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
Besides my title, consider these expressions: “That’s the pot calling the kettle black”; “I know you are, but what am I?”; “Look who’s talking!” or You should talk!” or even...

Psychopaths, Sadists, and the Lure of Internet Aggression

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on February 07, 2017 in The Integrationist
Internet trolls create chaos on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Read on to learn who they are, what motivates them, and why you should stop feeding them.
CRC Press

Was it Really a Suicide?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A new book shows investigators how to interpret seemingly innocent 911 calls that might actually be from a killer.

Why U.S. Presidents Should be Psychologically Vetted

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Think Well
In the United States, most responsible occupations require specific training, passing a licensing exam, and/or rigorous psychological screening. Why, then, not the presidency?

How Sure Are You About Your Memories?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Your memories may be lying to you! This article helps you be honest with yourself.