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I volti della menzogna

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,321 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Sapendo che cosa cercare nei volti, nella voce, nell'atteggiamento e nelle parole, noi possiamo scoprire gli indizi che rivelano la menzogna. In questo libro Paul Ekman, un'autorità riconosciuta per lo studio della psicologia delle emozioni e della comunicazione non verbale, rivela le più ingegnose tecniche di ricerca applicate all'esplorazione di alcuni degli impulsi più ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 2011 by Giunti (first published 1985)
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Jan 13, 2010 Elaine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in detecting lies
Paul Ekman is without a doubt one of the top experts in the world on facial expressions in humans. His research is careful, painstaking, and intelligently done. He has honestly subtitled this book "Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace,Politics, and Marriage." It is not his fault that the book has been hyped and is advertised as being able to teach us unfailingly when someone is lying.

No book can teach anyone to be positive that someone else is telling the truth. No book can tell anyone proof-posi
This one should have been really interesting. It's written by one of the scientists whose work serves as the inspiration for "Lie to Me", yet you haven't really experienced boring until you read upwards of 40 pages describing minute facial expressions. Also, I was disappointed that there was really nothing in here I hadn't already seen presented in a more interesting and engaging way. Were this a documentary, it would have been awesome. As a book, I just wanted it to end.
I've heard about this guy and his research on microexpressions from a different book. I didn't get a chance to read his book until I found it by chance in the library. The book as the title suggests is about lies. Here he discussed his research findings and the different clues to deceit that a liar might leak. I liked that he was very neutral. If one of his research findings is still preliminary and not replicated he says so. The things I got from this book are: 1) a huge list of clues to deceit ...more
James Perkins
Because the TV show Lie to Me is based on the work of Paul Ekman, the casual reader may expect something a bit more fun and glamorous. There is nothing wrong this text per se, but there are very few diagrams to illustrate his points. Instead, you should be ready for a rather dry, academic discussion of the non-verbals, psychology, and language behind lying. Some background in at least one of these areas would be an advantage, or the reader may become quickly bored. For reasons I could not ascert ...more
I do love to go sit at the bookstore downtown during lunch, grabbing a bite at Lizard's. Whenever I step inside, I browse and then feel compelled to buy something. And every time I've made such an impulse purchase, I've been disappointed! Support your local indie, though, seems to be an affair with more misses than hits. And I'm wondering what's up with that. The last two books I bought at B&N on impulse were fine books. I think it is the indy bookstore's less than desirable stock. Not sure. ...more
Dana Bolink
Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage is hiding an informative and interesting book in there somewhere.

In his thirteenth (!) book, psychologist and researcher Paul Ekman sets out to explain how people lie, how they can be caught and why most people are so bad at catching liars. From the back cover: "Telling Lies describes how lies vary in form and how they can differ from other types of misinformation that can reveal untruths. It discusses how a person's body
Federica Leva
I'm bored to read it. I hoped it was more intriguing. Moreover, all too often the teaching gets lost in a vague: "may be so, but also what". As a psychotherapist, I was hoping for a more instructive text.
I will continue ... and I will tell you!
I will continue ... and I will tell you! Finished! Maybe I was bored because I know most of what is said, but I remain of the view that the author could say everything in fewer pages. The part that I found most interesting was the last. The summar
Benjamin Harvey
While the subject matter was interesting, the book itself was too repetitive, and the material didn't have enough study to back it up. The other does acknowledge that fact, though. Also, I expected the book to be more prescriptive: I thought literally be better able to tell when someone is lying or hiding information after reading this book, but I don't think that's the case. It was not a bad book, but it could have been much better.
Книга хорошая и интересная. Она даёт ответы на вопросы лишь о самой психологии лжи, но не учит её определять. Хотя как утверждает автор, что с помощью достаточной практики можно научиться качественно определять ложь, но уже не в рамках данной книги. А также автор заставляет задуматься надо ли это нам вообще, так как это может повлечь за собой и разочарование от таких способностей.
Впрочем, кому интересно читайте, думаю понравится.
Oct 17, 2008 Blake rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in psychology
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The title of this book is a little misleading, as it is really about the psychology of lying, the physiological reactions that occur when someone is being deceptive, and an analysis of the profession of lie catchers (polygraph examiners, investigators, interrogators, etc.) and their efficacy. Interesting read from an intellectual curiosity standpoint, but I wouldn't put it on a list must reads.
I found this book really interesting as it explored clues to deceit and the psychology involved in telling lies. I loved reading about the author's research experiments about lying.
This book paired with "How to Help Your Spouse Heal From Your Affair: A Compact Manual for the Unfaithful" was just what I needed after discovering my husband's affair. I proudly displayed this on my nightstand for him to see. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the book and would recommend to others.
This book was brilliant!! I especially appreciated the way that Ekman points out howm many reasons that you can't use this information at face value. Everything must be taken in context. I felt that the information was very credible because of this. I learned so much from reading this book.
I thinking most people will find a quick skim of this book just as edifying as a close read.
Lauren Fidler
fascinating but very dry. thorough and analytical in scope, but not...well...engaging?
A maelstrom of original and ground-breaking information never seen before it was published some 30 years ago; by the man who "Lie to Me" was based upon. The first three chapters can be dry and redundant but they lay the foundation for what a lie is and what types there are. Chapter 4 gets into the meat of identification and can leave you exhausted after just a few pages; the 3 pages that describe a chosen 18 types of smiles, for example. And the long chapter on polygraphs (which I thought I'd en ...more
In terms of data, this is a very good book. Ekman is clearly very researched in his area, and he is able to break down the information in a way that it is possible for a layperson (such as myself) who has little to no information on the psychology behind lying. He goes through the possible motivations behind lying (and really, lying isn't always negative), the facial and behavioural clues, and even points out areas that people may not even notice. I particularly liked the appendix, where tables ...more
Once again this book is a bit of a slog because the author's writing is pedantic and doesn't say a lot. I'm sure he means well and I'm glad he takes the time to think through the implications of his findings (and opinions), but I have a hard time reading what I've already easily inferred from the text, and many of the ideas are repeated.

Unlike Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life, this book is more philosophy than psychology. When Ekman wr
William Fulton
The book is good. For something that is summarizing scientific research, it is readable. No one should feel uncomfortable or intimidated.

To sum up the entire book: if you want to know if someone is lying you need to know the person well, and, even if you have read the book and practiced on his website, you can never be sure.

The title is misleading - at least the subtitle is. In the end the purpose of the book is to enhance your ability to read people, understand them better, and, therefore, rel
Bridgett Gonzalez
The book reveals the after thoughts of actions taken place, which gives you clue to the deceit taking place. Whats most interesting in the book, is the question I kept having. "Could the deceiver have kept up the deception as a secret?" Most deceivers are found out the moment the truth is revealed to an outside source to release its stress and find redemption in the deception.
Stephen Simpson
Almost more of a debunking of theories about how to tell if people are lying, Ekman goes into quite a bit of discussion of the motivations for lying (and detecting lies) and how people on each side of the lie often trip themselves up. Often reads as a "you can't really try this at home", but it is thorough and sincere in its approach. More interesting than useful, it really will not empower a reader to become significantly better at detecting deceit in others (though it will make you more aware ...more
As a Forensic Psychologist I found this book to be most useful and informative. I see many reviews panning the work, however I believe they were probably looking for entertainment rather than research and instruction. This book will prove to be very useful to those in the various fields of psychology. I recommend it.
Trs interessant avec beaucoup de trucs et ides sur comment dectecter le mensonge chez les gens. Bien entendu, il faut s'entrainer et lire d'autres tudes. Ce livre n'est pas suffisant lui tout seul, mais donne une bonne base.
Le livre est bien crit et structur pour la lecture rapide.
Slow going; didn't finish. Everything I got to in the book was also covered in a more engaging way in season 1 of "Lie To Me" and in Vanessa Van Edwards' body language course on CreativeLive.
This book suffers from two flaws - the first is not its fault - it's out of date. Published in the 80s, it promises so much potential for breakthroughs in lie detection in the near future that, well, we know never panned out. We're still at the 'maybe kinda sorta if you really study this one person specifically you might be able to tell when they are lying, maybe' phase.

The second flaw is in the anecdotal material, which is painfully limited. He talks about the same one book and one movie
Andreas Michaelides
The one thing I got out of this book is the fact that there is no recipe for detecting lies, and also there is no one way to detect dishonesty.
Highly recommended
Книга несомненно интересная и заслуживает внимания, но прежде всего адресована не тем людям, которые хотят просто научится определять ложь или наоборот научиться лучше лгать, а тем, кто хочет понять КАК и ПОЧЕМУ происходит ложь, какие эмоциональные и психологические признаки свойственны ей, и уже отталкиваясь от этих знаний можно попытаться лучше разобраться в происходящем. Пол Экман описывает эмоционально-психологическую составляющую основу лжи, и таким образом, на мой взляд, переведенное назва ...more
Debra Darschewski
interesting some ways leaves more questions than answers...long and short, lie detector tests are crap...they just show that someone is having an emotional response which could be for any variety of reasons and many true sociopaths show no emotion so can get through one with flying colors...the facial expressions would be most interesting to study as they would show something is off, but again you don't know the motivation why...end take there is now definitive way to tell if someone i ...more
A I explained in Paul Ekman's other book, Ekman is a master at reading facial expressions to see different emotions, his other masterful skill is telling when someone lies. This book is a lot more informational about how-to, rather than the last book where it's more about the background info and how seeing emotions can help. This book gets straight to it, strategies on how to tell if someone is lying and where they can be used. There's not that much dilly - dally, so it's not hard to read either ...more
Interesting, but harder to get through than Liespotting; this was much more academic in nature. Would have benefited from more/better illustrations. Appendix was quite interesting and useful.
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American psychologist that pioneered the study of emotions' relationship to facial expressions.
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“This distinction between believing-a-lie and disbelieving-the-truth is important because it forces attention to the twin dangers for the lie catcher. There is no way to avoid completely both mistakes; the choice only is between which one to risk more. The lie catcher must evaluate when it is preferable to risk being misled, and when it would be better to risk making a false accusation.” 3 likes
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