Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception

Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception

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by Daniel Goleman
     
 

From the bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence comes a penetrating analysis of the many ways we deceive ourselves.

Daniel Goleman draws on evidence of all kinds—from brain function to social dynamics—to reveal how we skew our most intimate relationships, our day-to-day lives, and our common reality by burying painful insights and

Overview

From the bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence comes a penetrating analysis of the many ways we deceive ourselves.

Daniel Goleman draws on evidence of all kinds—from brain function to social dynamics—to reveal how we skew our most intimate relationships, our day-to-day lives, and our common reality by burying painful insights and memories. This self-deception is our means of psychic self-preservation, the currency of survival in which an entire society colludes. But although self-deception is sometimes benign, it can also be dangerous and life-diminishing. This important book both illuminates and raises challenging questions about a subject that is central to our psychological existence.

Editorial Reviews

Morton Hunt
An ambitious undertaking... accomplished without seeming effort. His lucid prose is enlivened by descriptions of intriguing experiments and case histories.
The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684831077
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
611,819
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Goleman is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing. He lives in the Berkshires.

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Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daniel Goleman is one of the most insightful experts on the mind in recent times. This book provides us with an excellent account of the nature of consciousness, attention, and arousal and how they all interact with one another. Like many great writers, he presents this material in a storylike manner to retain our interest and attention. I have learned more things about how the mind works from this book than I have in any Psychology textbook I have read. The only exception to this would be the book called 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. This book by Sato is perhaps the most insightful and accessible book on consciousness ever written. In any case Goleman's book is still top notch.