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Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception

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People--friends, family members, work colleagues, salespeople--lie to us all the time. Daily, hourly, constantly. None of us is immune, and all of us are victims. According to studies by several different researchers, most of us encounter nearly 200 lies a day.

Now there's something we can do about it. Liespotting links three disciplines--facial recognition
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Published July 20th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
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This book is another that I’m reading in my extended study. It’s a pretty straightforward book about what people do and why the do it when they lie. It gives a clear indication on how to practice lie spotting, but it also brings up a good point:

The average human being lies 60 to 200 times a day. Almost all of these lies are harmless – lying by omission, lying to protect someone’s feeling, lying to aid social interaction. Sometimes we lie by talking; sometimes we lie by keeping our mouths shut. S
Kathryn Anthony
An interesting book. I use some of the "tells" when I'm being honest (I say things like 'to be honest with you' because I'm a polite Canadian, and so I feel like I need to qualify anything remotely approaching bluntness. Similarly, I often use qualifiers like 'to my knowledge' about things that might potentially have changed since--maybe that's the law student in me). But the book emphasizes establishing a baseline set of behaviors for individuals, to account for such things, as well as for peop ...more
Rob Freund
Rating: 3 stars for good content, good references, good ideas. Minus 2 stars for hocking her own services in the book, being "for business only" in many respects.

Pamela Meyer first intrigued me when I saw her TED talk on deception. There were two key concepts that I’d latched on to and that are echoed in her book. Firstly, that deception is a cooperative act; we buy into deception because of a core desire to have filled (greed, vanity, blissful ignorance, absolution, etc. etc.) The second concep
I read this book thinking it would help me with some Biblical counselling cases (I'm a pastor, and sometimes have folks lie to me). It turns out the book is helpful only in some cases. As a theologian, I make a distinction between deception and violating the 9th commandment, and Meyer doesn't make that distinction. Ultimately, as a Christian the Bible calls me to believe my brother's word, and if I don't and am suspicious of him, that won't be helpful.

There are lots of interesting things in this
Aaron Michaux
Reading this book, I wondered how many times Pamela Meyer distorted the truth, or made outright fabrications (e.g.: in the mini-biographies). There is a lot of reliance on the experiences of trained interrogators; however, interrogates do no better then armatures at lie-spotting. They just /think/ they are good at it. Also, there is no discussion on the role of delusions in lying. For example, trained interrogators illicit a surprising number of false-confessions (at least 15-25%), probably by i ...more
Alex Kenjeev
Don't read this book unless you have a lot of time to devote to prioritize learning and practicing what it teaches, both while you're reading the book and afterwards. I didn't, and for that reason I didn't get as much out of this book as I had hoped I would.

I read this book after seeing Ms. Meyer's TED talk on the subject of detecting lies. I was hoping it would help me improve at assessing the underlying realities of business conversations. I read it carefully but quickly - I didn't take the t
blech, what seems like a great idea for a book, becomes a poorly sourced coporate rant on negotiation. i read this after watching meyer's talk, which was kinda one long plug for her book. anyway i got the book from the library, and was subsequently dissappointed. anyone know of a good body language/ face reading book that's out there. you know one written with rigor, and focused upon the science of reading body language instead of ways you can use it to make money for your business. i me ...more
First half of the book is about lie detection, pure and simple. I found this portion to be extremely fascinating and will definitely continue doing research on my own.

The second half goes on to talk about ways to sure up your business/association with tips and tricks on building trusting relationships between employees and employers. It also outlines some good negotiation practices and other things probably more important to those with a more business-oriented mind. I was more interested in the
this book is aimed at the business world. They offered tips for identifying lies that your employees or possible business partners may tell. But the most important thing is to go with your gut instinct.

Look for clusters of behaviors such as a person that avoids answering questions or answers a question other than the one you asked. tvLiars tend to stick with the chronology of their story, not with the emotion. In other words, it's more important to tell a lie in chronological order because they
Pamela Huxtable
There's nothing here here you haven't heard of or read of before. Verbal tells, physical cues, facial indicators and body language - it's all here, documented, and with an exemplary tale to go with it.

I have to say, I felt like I needed to take a shower after reading this. And I've decided that I'm okay with the little lies that I'm told - really, I mean it. Go ahead and lie to me. It feels better than analyzing every facial tic or verbal mark.
Aman Mittal
"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."

-J. D. Salinger, The Cather in the Rye

Being human and being able to communicate and understand each other with our spoken or written words, might make us feel superior in front of other species. We can be on the top of the food chain, the IQ chain and all other chains as much as we
Sandy Dee
I love the techniques presented in this book although some of the so called proven techniques can be difficult to apply in real life. To be able to spot deception someone needs to be very attentive, carefully watching and listening on subtle clues.

When you know that your on a mission to find the truth or interrogate someone, you will be attentive and no doubt you will find yourself applying the techniques you've learnt from this book. However, to apply such level of vigilance in our daily inter
I discovered this book after listening to Pamela Meyer's TEDs talk. Pamela tackles the topic from the point of view of a business. How can a business learn to create a culture where lying is not rewarded? How can a business avoid making bad decisions in negotiations?

However, all of the principles can be applied to your personal life as well. More than 70% of the book is technique and history of liespotting. The reminder covers practical what now of business. So even if you're not in business you
Brian Williams
3 or 4 of the chapters are worthwhile. Those are the chapters that deal with actual lie spotting. The rest of the book is full of how to deal with people in big horrible corporations with deep hierarchy. The moralizing is also a but much to take.
Literary Strawberry
Caught my eye while I was shelving at the library, and I thought I'd check it out. If nothing else, I figured it might help with writing accurate body language.

As other reviewers have said, the first half was pretty interesting, but the second half ends up being nothing but stuff on office work, such as deal negotiation and corporate boardroom whatnots, which... Isn't really relevant to me. I was kind of hoping for more stuff on personal relationships and everyday life situations, but hey, I wa
The beginning of the book provides useful information on spotting lies -- identifying baseline behavior and noting "tells" and cluster of behaviors when a person is lying. It is followed with chapters diverge somewhat from lie spotting, such as negotiation techniques and conducting a deception audit at work. The information's still useful in that the reader can apply the techniques to build trusting relationships and avoid dishonest people. I think the reason why the book hasn't received higher ...more
I thought this would be an interesting primer in how lying works and how to begin spotting it. It's not. Meyer starts with a vague and unreflective definition of lying or deception. For example, she includes the idea that a child might cry for attention as an instance of deception (the child doesn't really "need" anything). Anyone who is a parent knows that the child genuinely wants your attention and has noticed that if she cries, you come more consistently and quicker. Is that deception or jus ...more
Nancy Graham
3 1/2 stars. In some ways this felt like two different books: one on detecting deception and one on tips for growing as a business leader. Probably both were helpful, but I felt a little whiplashed at times, wondering why some of this content was included in a book about deception-spotting. Probably everyone has experienced a truth-obfuscator or outright fraud who continues to win plum roles and even accolades; if you're starting to suspect things don't add up with some person in your sphere, th ...more
The first part of this book is a really nice 100-ish summary of the subject of liespotting and serves well as an introduction to it. The second half concerns more with negotiation and honesty-seeking in a corporate environment. While the book should be pretty good for people who have to handle big stakes deals in those situations I still find myself a bit disappointed since it's not what I wanted from the book. I guess I'll keep on looking for a book that digs deeper (going to try Ekman and Darw ...more
Lynnea Taylor
The techniques given were interesting and explained well. My only complaint about the book came in at the end. It seemed to deteriorate into corporate paranoia. I'm sure that the examples she gives are real, but the idea that making giant policy handbooks explaining everything employees can and cannot do does not seem like something that would truly work. Try getting your employees to read something like that. On top of which, people who want to cheat and steal will always try. Fostering an atmo ...more
Liespotting is a clear and eloquent discussion of how to detect personal and professional deception.

The first half of the book focuses on individual deceptive "tells;" physical and behavioral cues that indicate the presence of deception. I was interested by the discussion of how word choice and emotional reactions can change based on whether or not the speaker is lying. I was familiar with most of the body language cues she listed, but entirely new to me were the subconscious processes that go
Intimidating; for a book like this that many everyday people might read, it seems that my suspicions were always correct: I cannot lie. What was weirder is this: even when I am telling the truth, it seems I regularly display what this book says are evidences of lying. Oh boy, I'm screwed. I kind of want to read it again as a more thorough review of these lying behaviors, really analyze my behavior.

Otherwise, it seems to be a book well geared for managers in a business environment. The rest of u
What a AWESOME book! I read this after participating in a week long interviewing and interrogation training seminar that I attended for work. I became fascinated with the idea of detecting deception and wanted to learn more. This book was an absolute HOME RUN!!! Besides, it is a fun book with plenty of interesting material. I bet most people would find themselves enjoying (and benefiting from) this book.
Christian Zamora-Dahmen
This is the perfect book for today's paranoid.

Seriously. The subject of spotting lies is an interesting deal, but this book basically suggests a lifestyle based on mistrust. At the start it promises an optimist outcome, but since it ends only focusing on spotting lies for the benefit of big companies, I did feel a bit cheated. Of course spotting lies in business is an important deal, but it is not the only environment where it applies and I found it too bad that apparently lies are only importan
W. Lawrence
Much of the information I read in Pamela Meyer's book was information I already knew from work or from Army training. With that said, most books of this type contain original information. Anyone unfamiliar with lie spotting techniques will find this book very easy to read and it is organized well, not to mention a few original kernels of information.
Randy Estrada
This book truly helps clarify urban myths, such as, "If they can't look you in the eye, they're almost certainly lying to you." It's also highly accurate from personal experience of having applied many of the techniques discussed within this book. Definitely recommend this book to anyone who is tired of constantly being deceived.
Ethan Kennerly
4 stars: The first two-thirds were insightful techniques of interpreting body-language and conversing to gain information.

1 star: The last third was a sales pitch for a corporate deception audit, which I guess the author has a financial interest in.
I was not really sure what to expect from this book. There probably existed an ounce or two of reluctance to bother reading it since I know how unreliable lie detectors are, I figure any human techniques would be infinitely more fallible. But I did find use out of it. If nothing more than to be reminded about why poeple lie.

This book got me viewing situations through other people's eyes, it will help me to be on the lookout for when a lie is likely to happen. The author covers body language and
Belal Khan
Liespotting by Pamela Meyer - excellent book.

Meyer was a consultant on the show "Lie to Me" and also learned from Paul Ekman's face reading system. However, only part of this book is an intro to what some might call "deception detection" and "face reading"

A lot of this book focuses on the idea of fostering an environment at work and home that would minimize deceptive behavior and encourage actions and behaviors that build trust. There are great tips on implementing this organizationally and in o
Very interesting, especially if read while watching the old TV series Lie To Me. Didn't think much of chapter 9 (on building a brain trust), since it seemed to be dropped in from some other book.
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