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Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception
     

Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

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by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, Don Tennant
 

ISBN-10: 1250029627

ISBN-13: 9781250029621

Pub. Date: 07/16/2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Three former CIA officers—among the world's foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your

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Three former CIA officers—among the world's foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.

As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world's best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.

Through fascinating anecdotes from their intelligence careers, the authors teach readers how to recognize deceptive behaviors, both verbal and nonverbal, that we all tend to display when we respond to questions untruthfully. For the first time, they share with the general public their methodology and their secrets to the art of asking questions that elicit the truth.

Spy the Lie is a game-changer. You may never read another book that has a more dramatic impact on your career, your relationships, or your future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250029621
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
55,709
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Welcome to Our World 1

1 The Difficulty We Have in Calling Someone a Liar 7

2 Navigating the Deception Detection Obstacle Course 15

3 The Methodology: It All Comes Down to This 27

4 The Deception Paradox: Ignoring the Truth in Order to Find the Truth 43

5 What Deception Sounds Like 51

6 The Most Powerful Lies 73

7 The Wrath of the Liar 81

8 What Deception Looks Like 93

9 Truth in the Lie: Spying Unintended Messages 103

10 You Don't Ask, You Don't Get 119

11 Managing Deception to Gain the Advantage 139

12 Let's Be Careful Out There 149

13 A Textbook Case of Deception 159

14 Okay, So Now What? 189

Appendix I Suggested Question Lists 201

Appendix II A Sample Narrative Analysis Based on the Model 213

Glossary 231

About the Authors and Writer 243

Index 249

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Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spy the Lie provides credible information on the practice of detecting deception. The authors—Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero—have thorough experience interviewing criminal suspects, CIA employees, and ordinary people from their former careers as CIA officers. Their skills are specialized for determining whether they are being told a lie. I chose this book over many others like it, for the book cover captivated me in the possibility of being able to elicit the truth when needed and that CIA officers are the ones informing me. The best quality of this nonfiction piece is the honesty of the authors. They let the reader know that the book will not transform you into a perfect lie detector nor is there "such [a] thing as a human lie detector” (15). Furthermore, the techniques, included in the text, need to be fully understood and practiced before being used. In the book, it identifies faults that are embedded in the human mind that need to be overcome before one is able to spy the lie. The authors write on a level that allows the reader to connect with their own experiences. For example, Philip Houston was questioning a man when “he found himself looking for reasons to believe him” (14). I, on many accounts, dismiss the lies and search for truth. The book lets the reader know it’s a natural human habit that can be fixed with some practice. Tips given are to be utilized into transforming your mind for detecting deception. Another quality of this book to be noticed is the variation of tools used to express their ideas. Two diagrams illustrate the idea of the “cluster rule” previously explained to be two or more deceptive behaviors occurring after a question (34-35). Visual learners benefit from the diagrams, for they give visual examples of the techniques put to use in real life contexts. Throughout the book, inserts of examples are provided to enhance the readers understanding of what to look for. By including this, the authors give definitive examples to keep you from guessing which statements are deceptive. It gives you specific elements that are often used to hide the truth. Overall, this nonfiction work is qualified for a five star review. I have incorporated the information I learned into everyday life, and the effects are incredible. Although I am not stopping terrorists or saving the world, I am eliminating the lies I believed from my life and uncovering the truth every day. Many people I associate with think they are sneaky by lying to my face, but little do they know Spy the Lie has given me the upper hand on my peers. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wanted to detect the deception in their life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the world of body language, and the art of deception detection. I promised this book is everything you think it is and more. It Totally changed the way I look at the way people talk, and what they are REALLY saying! Buy this book you won't regret it! Just don't abuse the powers it gives you.
ljethrogibbs46 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read on interrogation techniques. But it also has practical applications for everyday life in dealing with people. I originally got this from the library but now wanted my own copy. Right after I finished the book, I watched the Benghazi hearings. Clinton & Co. were textbook examples of the strategies used by those who want to evade the truth: changing the subject, blaming others, the excuse that "everyone does it", the eye shifts, etc. Would highly recommend this one to anyone interested in intelligence matters or psychological techniques. A fascinating & informative read!