Award-winning social scientist and Harvard Ph.D. Bella DePaulo has been studying the psychology of deceiving and detecting deceit for decades. "The Hows and Whys of Lies" provides brief and accessible answers to some of the most fundamental questions about lying. For example:
1. How often do people lie?
2. What do people lie about?
3. How do liars justify their lies?
4. How do liars tip off their lies?
5. When liars care the most about getting away with their lies, is that when they are most likely to screw up?
6. How good are people at knowing when someone is lying to them?
7. Do people have intuitions about deceptiveness that they don't know how to tap into?
There are two sections to the book: "The many faces of lies," and "Discerning lies from truths: Behavioral cues to deception and the indirect pathway of intuition."
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About the Author
DePaulo's work on deception has been described in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many other major national and international newspapers. It has also been reported in magazines such as Time, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Readers' Digest, and U.S. News and World Report. Dr. DePaulo has appeared as an expert on deception on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, PBS, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel. She has also lectured nationally and internationally. She has addressed criminal attorneys, physicists, judges, and mental health practitioners. She was an invited speaker at a NATO Advanced Study Institute on credibility assessment, she directed a workshop for the Advanced Studies Institute for Polygraphers, and she participated in "The Science of Deception," co-sponsored by the intelligence community (CIA, FBI, etc.), the RAND Corporation, and the American Psychological Association.
She has written two other books on deception: Behind the Door of Deceit: Understanding the Biggest Liars in Our Lives, and The Lies We Tell and the Clues We Miss: Professional Papers.
Bella DePaulo is also an expert on the place of people who are single in society and in science. She is the author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After and Single with Attitude. Her blog is at her website, www.BellaDePaulo.com. She also writes the "Living Single" blog for Psychology Today.