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You Can Read Anyone: Never Be Fooled, Lied To, or Taken Advantage of Again

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This book contains specific, practical, and proven, psychological techniques that you can use to know a person's thoughts and feelings at anytime--often within minutes. Because the techniques can be applied instantly to any person in just about any situation, Dr. Lieberman has demonstrated their ease and accuracy on hundreds of television and radio programs. In a special r ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Viter Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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I spend the majority of my time working with computers, and (with the exception of a system glitch here and there) we (computers and I) get along pretty well. So, when tasked with attending a symposium involving *gasp* other humans, I naturally turned to books to guide me through it. I know, I know—I could have just practiced actual human interaction, but that seemed like a lot of work.

I don't know exactly what i was expecting from David J. Lieberman's book. If I had bothered to read beyond th
Junda Ong
Jul 23, 2011 Junda Ong rated it did not like it
Big title, small impact.

Things I learnt:
- When you are nervous, you tend to focus on "I" instead of the environment.
- Confidence is inversely proportional to interest.
Jul 21, 2008 Joseph added it
Shelves: unfinished
not many books would entice you to read twice. this is one of the rare ones ( you have to anyway, coz the tactics are quite specific)

the book is organized into 2 parts:
(1) specific tactics ( 7 sub categories altogether)
- well, at the very least it provides a headstart on where to begin looking for information
- most of them make sense, one way or another. ( but my feeling is such art is like bacteria's resistance towards antibiotics. sooner or later, when the mass has such knowledge, it gets h
May 19, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it
While it does use an oversimplified view of human psychology (such as seeing a simple inverse correlation between the 'ego' and 'self-esteem,' when in fact there is probably a non-linear relationship of high self-esteem being ego-ist also), it is a good read and useful. Such an oversimplification is precisely what makes the premises very usable for the average reader with a nominal understanding of psychology. It takes a lot of education to understand the delicate and seemingly arbitrary (initia ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: psych-misc
I wasn't all that impressed with the first few chapters, but after that, I thought it was fascinating, perceptive, and dead on. I LOVED the correlations he drew between behavior and self-esteem verses ego, confidence, etc. This book is jam-packed with information considering its small size. So much comes at you at once that it is much better to read several times; otherwise you can't retain the information, which is really the whole point. This is really worth your time. A fabulously practical r ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it
Excellent book. The author is clearly very smart and his techniques on reading people and why they do things is genius. His techniques will help you in your business and personal life no matter what your profession is. However, the information in the book comes at you fast and it is difficult to retain what you have read. But it is still and excellent read and a great book for reference.
May 20, 2014 icedeath rated it it was ok
i liked the body language better
a little boring at first 90 pages.
Meg Coulson
Mar 14, 2017 Meg Coulson rated it did not like it
Seem to me like some of the tactics described in the book require that YOU fool, lie to, or take advantage of another person. Not my cup of tea.
Mar 04, 2009 an rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilmu baru dalam memandang dan menilai orang. Banyak cara yg bs dterapin utk mengorek sesuatu ttg seseorang baik berita, info bahkan kejujurn ’n rahasia mereka. Klo bs dterapin dg bener” cocok utk meraih ”deal” saat negosiasi or kerjasama dan sebangsa na. Smua hny masalah komunikasi. Memilih cara ’n kalimat yg bener ma melihat tanda yg ada. Tgantung kejelian ma pengamatan kita. Cocok buat dikoleksi ’n jadi referensi klo mw menangani kasus or membuat ksepakatan.

Nb: satu hal yg paling mengganggu dl
Jan 29, 2016 Lana rated it it was ok
This had some ridiculously bad advice. For example: If you notice someone chews a lot of gum and you suspect it's b/c they're an alcoholic trying to hide the booze on their breath, casually say to them "I just read a study that people that chew a lot of gum are alcoholics" and then study their reaction. Holy shit.
Jan 29, 2008 Beate rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-development
In parts all right, not much here that I didn't already know about. And I believe the title is a little misleading. The last part of the book was so dull, and so not to the point, I had to skip through huge chunks of it. Best spend your time on something else...
Oct 17, 2010 Eric rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
I don't think the title could have lead me on more. The strategies were obvious and those that weren't didnt make a lot of sense. It was an ok read at the best.
Georgia Tsao
Aug 04, 2009 Georgia Tsao rated it really liked it
insightful and practical - easy read
Shane Knauss
May 25, 2017 Shane Knauss rated it did not like it
I read 60 pages of this book and could not do it. Lieberman presents ideals that work in very specific situations with more assumption than analysis. Some might enjoy this material but to me a lot of his points were guesswork. Like when asking someone about a crime and adding in the car was wrecked while the suspect fled. Lieberman proposes if they pick out this fact and say "well my car isn't wrecked therefore I couldn't have done it!", they are guilty. Uhm duh I would say the same if I was bei ...more
Alice Chau-Ginguene
May 17, 2017 Alice Chau-Ginguene rated it liked it
This is such a weird book. It gives great promises on the first few chapters and then went on to lots of pseudo science pop psychology. Initially, I thought maybe the book didn't age well, the style feels very 90s, then I went on to discover it is published on 2007! Don't understand why the style feels very strange. Maybe it needs a better edit job or something.
There is some useful insight in the book but the presentation wasn't well executed unfortunately.
Feb 02, 2017 Jerri rated it really liked it
A fast read. Great insight into the motivation behind human behavior. Most relevant tip was a quick way to gauge someone's interest either in you or the project in collaboration. Are they truly being helpful or not? Could save time when making important decisions without knowledge of the other person's intentions.
Ngọc Phạm
May 11, 2017 Ngọc Phạm rated it liked it
Mua quyển này vì cái tên nghe rất hấp dẫn, lại được giới thiệu bởi một Fanpage mình thích. Nhưng mà khi đọc thì thấy khá chán, vì khó hiểu, mà áp dụng thực tế cũng rất khó. Chức phải đọc nhiều lần, trải đời nhiều mới có thể hiểu được.
May 08, 2017 Don rated it really liked it
This is an interesting look at simple personality tells that can indicate a person's true rationale and motivations. I really enjoyed it.
Hải Hồ
Theo mình quyển sách này hơi khó hiểu, không áp dụng được vào thực tế nhiều như cái tựa đề...
Jan 14, 2017 Johnathan rated it it was amazing
I have been fascinates! Its not that the methods in this book are not ideas we do not already understand. However, Dr. Lieberman provides words for thoughts and gives us usefulness (at least, for me) for neglected insights. I will read this at least twice more!
Mar 01, 2017 Danny rated it it was amazing
David J. Leiberman
"When the stakes are high, do more than simply put the odds in your favor. Set up the game so you can't lose."
If you are one who likes to read the opponents moves or if you like to see the "bigger picture" of someone, then you'll like this book. This book attempts to teach you how to find out quickly and easily, what most or anyone is thinking and feeling in any given situation or circumstance when co
Nov 25, 2011 Jim rated it liked it
Picked this up sort of at random. Library didn't have what I wanted and looking through that section I stumbled on this. Looked kinda interesting.

It was actually better than I expected. Often books like this are full of a bunch of soft, fluffy ideas that don't amount to much. In contrast, this book contains a series of specific strategies for situations in which you want to discover a specific piece of information. For example: is a person lying, is a person who appears to be cooperating really
May 04, 2011 Chad rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
A very interesting book which could be valuable in pretty much any and every profession or just life in general. The book uses psychology as a way to help you 'read' people or figure out what they are really thinking regardless of what they may say. It does not go deeply into the psychology behind the tactics it offers, which is something I wish it did elaborate on more, so for someone not interested in psychology in general or is bored by it- it may be good for them as a practical book. However ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing
I ordered this book after listening to the audiotape several times. Although it is narrated by the author, it is read very quickly (too quickly) and I did, at times, struggle to absorb the many knowledgeable, fascinating, and eye opening understandings presented within. (Which is why I listened to it several times)! This issue aside, this book is amazing. It does into self esteem and confidence and why people behave the way they do, whether their ego is engaged or not. "The higher the Ego, the l ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Sun rated it it was ok
I'm sure everyone would love to be able to "read" people with accuracy but I'm not sure a book can teach this skill. Still, the title caught my eye and I thought, why not, it's on sale.

The first section has great practical examples of how to figure out where someone stands on an issue: Do they like it or not? Are they lying or not? Are they interested or not? This is a fun read and reminiscent of watching cop shows on TV and admiring the clever tactics used to catch the bad guy.

The second secti
May 13, 2011 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on audio, knowing that this would probably be difficult to follow as I need visual cues, and I was right. However, what surprised me, in the last 90 minutes or so of this audio, the author (in my opinion) deviates from reading body language to the drives of body, soul, and ego needs as source of personality and behaviors. These last chapters helped me to understand "difficult" people (and, blushes, myself)and to me were easily the most intersting part of the book. I am in ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Kt rated it it was ok
Has a lot of good info, but it seems like it would take a significant amount of work and practice to even begin to see most things. I like how he brings up ways to get an answer without having to ask the direct question. There are also a few little tricks to make the guilty person think they are gonna get by, but then they get caught because of a twist. That kinda stuff is pretty neat! It wouldn't always be so easy to plan ahead to execute, but it is something to have in the back of your mind th ...more
Jody Price
This clearly articulates a lot of things about human behavior, particularly deception, that many of us probably know intuitively but don't consciously think about. Applying the techniques requires focus concentration and a degree of attention that I find exhausting and not as practical as trusting my gut which might be an automatic form of shorthand for all of this. The most interesting thing about reading it is that I found myself using hindsight to reevaluate past encounters. I don't believe I ...more
Minh Nguyễn
Apr 07, 2016 Minh Nguyễn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not much time to read this one, but when I finished it. It has not much effort in the ways I deal with other people. Maybe it needs a lot of time to practice, I have read it many times again and again, but from the beginning to the end, each part is hard to apply to different circumstances which require you process the information in under a second. Some methods are difficult to understand and apply to the conversation.
Warren Alford
Feb 12, 2011 Warren Alford rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book version of this book, which I believe is read by the author. While interesting, the book assumes the reader has an advanced knowledge of the subject matter and does not go into very much elementary detail on topics such as eye movement, body language, etc. This was my first book of this kind and I was a bit lost at times, and had to "rewind" sections to have a second take on his points. Overall a good book. I give it 3 out of 5.
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