Lies! Lies!! Lies!!!: The Psychology of Deceit

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American Psychiatric Pub, 1999 - Medical - 333 pages
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Lies! Lies!! Lies!!! The Psychology of Deceit looks beyond compulsive liars in our society and considers the ongoing flood of lies that we as human beings experience every day.

Who lies? Not just children, politicians, advertisers, and salespeople. Our co-workers lie. Our friends lie. Our relatives lie. And we lie to them. Everybody lies.

We learn to lie and to detect deceit as a developmental task. Dr. Ford's philosophy is that lying is part of the bridge between one's internal world (beliefs, perceptions, expectations, fantasies) and one's external world (reality). Lies work not only to deceive others but to deceive ourselves.

This book shines a spotlight on an understudied phenomenon that affects us all as we raise children, choose a relationship, move forward with a career path, or buy a used car.

  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
Preface
xi
Everybody Lies
1
Defining Deceit The Language of Lying
23
The Biology of Deceit
47
Learning to Lie Developmental Issues in Deceit
69
Why People Lie The Determinants of Deceit
87
Styles of Deception The Role of Personality
103
False Memories False Accusations and False Confessions
173
Detection of Deceit
197
Technological Detection of Deceit
221
Therapeutic Approaches for the Deceitful Person
237
Effects of Deception
251
A Psychology of Deceit Conclusions and Summary
271
Epilogue
287
References
289

Pathological Lying
133
Living a Lie Impostors Con Artists and Persons With Munchausen Syndrome
147

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About the author (1999)

Charles V. Ford, M.D., is Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, at the School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author or co-author of five books and approximately 100 published papers and invited chapters that focus primarily on issues of illness behavior, psychotherapy, the interface between medicine and psychiatry, and disease simulation. His scientific interest in deception began as a result of his contact with psychiatric and medical patients diagnosed as compulsive liars. Through his work he learned what little scientific information there was on the subject.

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