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Lies! Lies!! Lies!!!: The Psychology of Deceit Paperback – June 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0880489973 ISBN-10: 0880489979 Edition: 1st
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This book is an extraordinary, well-written treatise on deception and self-deception. It is provocative and important because it captures the width and breadth of an ever-present part of human conditions -- lying. Psychiatric Times To say that Dr. Ford's book about lying is provocative would be far from stretching the truth. This is a challenging but nourishing book, to be read and debated with friends, relatives, and others. Healthline Dr. Ford integrates his vast material to produce a coherent view on the intrapsychic functions of deceit, especially the regulation of self-esteem, and to delineate the complex interrelation of lying and self-deception. He has succeeded in a wonderful task: writing a book that provides fascinating and practical insights for the psychiatrist, as well as a scholarly work that will appeal to any intelligent reader interested in the subject. Washington Psychiatry

About the Author

Charles V. Ford, M.D., is Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, at the School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author or co-author of five books and approximately 100 published papers and invited chapters that focus primarily on issues of illness behavior, psychotherapy, the interface between medicine and psychiatry, and disease simulation. His scientific interest in deception began as a result of his contact with psychiatric and medical patients diagnosed as compulsive liars. Through his work he learned what little scientific information there was on the subject.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing; 1 edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880489979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880489973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Geoff L Williams on December 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A certain dry humour makes the book very readable. The description of social pressures in learning to lie, and animal world comparisons, are a useful perspective. The central theme - the danger of lying to oneself, or self deception - is of great importance in working in any large organisation. I would prescribe it as essential reading for managers and directors of most modern organisations Many readers may lack the objectivity to appreciate and believe the reports contained in the book, though they are well researched and well documented. I hope the next edition may spend more time in coping with lies. There are 13 pages in this book on therapeutic approaches toward the deceitful person. The comments on "groupthink", which involves bias of group behaviour, could also be expanded in future editions, with comments on the efficacy of countermeasures.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Leahy on October 21, 2007
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This book is primarily about pathological liars. It explicitly does not address issues of right and wrong with respect to lying. It is well written and the case studies presented in an interesting manner. Among the notable items presented are studies that indicate that police officers cannot distinguish liars from the honest any better than anyone else and that the rest of us don't generally do much better than chance at it. For a book that does address the moral questions of lying, and as a complement to this book, read Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean on December 30, 2012
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This book is wriiten by an MD. Instead of writing about fighting fraud by himself, the author uses more statistics and medical theory to help readers understand why and how people lie, and more importantly, how to work with common lies. I have used some of the skills in this book, and it works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlueBerry on January 20, 2015
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I cannot lie, I wasn't sure if I was going to finish this book when I first started reading it. Some where in the intro the author tells you that the book will not make you a better lie detector. This may not be true however - some of the insights into the variety of disorders which would predispose someone to be a liar and insights into how certain professionals who deal with deceptive behavior operate may give you an advantage. My only "problem" with the book was its extensive focus on abnormal psychology - I was not interested in unusual syndromes and medical perspective. One thing that this book make help the reader understand is that these damaged people are very common throughout society. Everytime you turn around you will run into someone with one mental problem or another. Another insight I thought was valuable was that this book underscores the extreme difficulty of detecting lies especially with people who are practiced at deception. Even professionals - police officers, lie detector equipment operators, customs inspectors, etc have a lie detection rate just about the same or WORSE than the general public due to their false confidence in their ability. So, this book is a deep study of who lies and why they lie and does not ignore the functional and beneficial aspects of deception.
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33 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Straightforward. Well written and referenced. A very well laid out book with excellent references for further study on the subject. I gained a great appreciation for the psychological causes of lying. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jenifer fairchild on August 15, 2013
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If you have suspected you are being lied to, this a great book. It goes into the psychology of how and why people lie. I wouldn't however suggest you try it out on your spouse -- if you have a good relationship. BTW, "Never Be Lied To Again" is another great book on the subject.
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This is the best book I have read about the psychology of deception. It clearly covers all the topic with suficient depth and accuracy. To detect lies I complement it with Mark McClish's "I Know you are Lying".
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