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According to clinical psychologist Alasko, deception is everywhere. Whether it's a casual "I forgot" or political deception, it is corroding trust and breaking down community. Alasko details how people try to escape from the negative emotions of anxiety, anger, fear, and pain by using what he terms the "toxic trio" of denial, delusion, and blame. One first ignores or minimizes a fact or responsibility, then creates a more favorable reality. When things fall apart, one simply shifts the responsibility onto someone or something else, and the cycle repeats itself. The author provides numerous case studies of these principles in action and instructs how to satisfy core needs to eliminate the temptation to lie. Well done and applicable to all readers; recommended.