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

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,142 ratings  ·  217 reviews
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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Mara
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
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Junda Ong
Jul 23, 2011 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.
Owen
May 19, 2012 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
Lana
Jan 29, 2016 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.
Meg Coulson
Mar 14, 2017 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.
Joseph
Jul 21, 2008 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
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Andrew
Jan 05, 2009 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.
Jill
Feb 28, 2010 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
James Patterson
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I felt like this book insulted my intelligence. I did give it two stars because it's not "wrong", or full of poor writing--it's just not very insightful. Most high schooler students already well understand everything that this PhD 'explains'.
Hamidreza
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
i liked the body language better
a little boring at first 90 pages.
Julie
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't know. I think the title tried to fool, lie to and take advantage of me.
Rosemarie
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting and informative book. I think this psychology of "reading" people is what is used by police and FBI in questioning suspects. But, the author shows you how it can apply to everyday situations. You may need to reread some parts to get everything he is saying, because it's a lot of info.

The main idea that I got is that human behavior is more predictable than you think, and all behavior hinges on a few factors. If you learn these factors, you can predict with some degree
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Adam
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A very concise approach to simple psychological methods to understand when people are hiding things from you or see where they are at emotionally or in personality. I found it better to look at this as an outline of psychology 'tricks' to understand people better. I particularly found the second half interesting as Lieberman outlined the combinations and interactions of one's level of self-esteem, ego, interest, and mood in any given situation. I think there is a lot to gain from understanding t ...more
Beate
Jan 29, 2008 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...
Eric
Oct 17, 2010 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.
Amanda
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Scattered at first, but gives a basic outline of social behavior interpretation. Some advice may be misconstrued when taken out of context. Lacks depth.
Juanita Dennis
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
The title makes you think the book has more information than it really does.
Arlene Goligowski
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
The methodologies in this book were fairly convoluted and complex without offering any kind of clear, universal approaches. The saving grace was that it was relatively short.
Georgia Tsao
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
insightful and practical - easy read
Erica Walker
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING! HOW CAN I MEET DR LIEBERMAN?! I’ve been on a journey to devote my life to love & kindness. [warning: I’m about to ramble about mushy stuff] -> It took hitting rock bottom & then being pushed to the edge before I learned my inner drive/ purpose is simply that I want to spread freedom & love to others. I learned that only sacrifice & selflessness can accomplish my life mission & that there’s no achievement reward. True intrinsic value comes from thankless tasks & a lot of embarrassment/lo ...more
Shane Knauss
May 25, 2017 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
Karla
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this book up in the Bargain priced section walking through Barnes and Noble one day - we have soooooo many choices at that point whether going in or out - and this one stood out only for one reason. I have become intrigued with the new television show “Bull”. It is about a trial psychologist and his consulting team. The way they “read” the jury and ask questions unrelated to the trial at hand, then form an opinion on that alone is what came to mind when I saw this book. I liked “You Can ...more
Jaymes Dunlap
First, this is a good generalized book to gain knowledge on the subject. However, noticing mixed reviews on this book, someone already with a rounded understanding of reading context and forcing body language ques, the S.N.A.P. method, etc, may rather another source.

I was surprised You Can Read Anyone begins practically and effectively before diving into theory. Typically, many books start with a foundational science and move onto focusing on the expanded or noteworthy details. This book starts
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Becca Sloan
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
So perhaps some of my struggle with this book was that it was an audiobook. I think if I had a paper copy it may have been easier to follow and refer back to previous sections, but as it was I was often lost and just spaced out because I had no idea what the author was talking about. My other complaint about this book was that while yes, there were things the author identified that couldn't be faked, a lot of the people I work with have honed their ability to lie and I really feel that if I trie ...more
Danielle Alonzo
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Provided strategic tips police and special agents use to sift through someones language. Albeit useful, I personally do not see myself using these strategies. However, they were fascinating and I'm sure in my subconscious my red flags will go up when I do see this coming my way.

The most valuable part of this read for me was the break down of " Low Self Esteem, Confidence, High Self esteem Etc". You start to see so many of your peers in these categories and see why it is they actually do what the
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Lisa Beaulieu
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really do not recommend. The first half is tips to manipulate, trick and lie to other people. If you think someone stole your stapler, just ask them, dude! He kept assuring the reader that these techniques were used by the police, which explains the wrongful conviction rate, and is a great argument against the death penalty. He not only suggests "tricking" others into revealing their true selves, he seems so sure these things work. I find him scary!

The second half had some interesting ideas ab
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Jag
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was interesting, insightful, and one I will turn to again. It uses practical psychology and statistical odds to help you better understand what a person is truly thinking or feeling without having to verbally communicate it. A lot of practical examples were provided.

However:
- many of the scenarios were sexist (stereotyping both men and women)
- further, many of the examples involving women were, I felt, misogynistic in theme where truly, that color was completely unnecessary to the poi
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LuisoftheLion
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book over-promised and under-delivered.

Some parts of the book are not written clearly. You have to reread some sentences multiple times due to confusing sentence structures and word choice. This dilutes the message.

What salvages this book in my opinion is the part describing body, ego and soul. That part of the book is must read material as it helps any person understand who they are on a fundamental level.

I understood the general concepts of how to read people but the tactics are not prac
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Matthew Ferdie Manlangit
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
This is a nice insight into how to gauge the minds of others by initiating simple actions or phrases. The psychology behind the applications on being able to "read anyone" is limited and the book mostly sights fictional anecdotes instead, yet these are relatable and understandable. I would take the things in this book with a grain of salt. It was more of an entertaining read rather than an informative one. I wouldn't be quick to believe one could gauge the exact thoughts and motives of another f ...more
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