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Drawing on poker's concept of the tell, a mannerism that can yield clues to an opponent's cards, and numerous behavioral studies in which he has been involved, psychologist Hertenstein has produced a study that is lively and engaging yet unremarkable in its conclusion that both environment and genes influence our decision-making. For example, he reveals that we're able to predict ways an adult might behave by looking at early tells; thus, infants that have insecure attachments to their parents are more likely than those with secure attachments to develop some form of psychopathology later. Various studies have found that facial features can be useful in predicting aggression or lying and cheating: In carefully controlled studies, men with wider faces were three times more willing to lie than slim-faced men. In dating, women choose men based on facial attractiveness, symmetry, smell, and masculinity, while men choose women who are attractive, youthful, and display signs of fertility. Despite the inconclusiveness of evolutionary psychology, Hertenstein offers much material to ponder and suggests that we embrace the power of these tools for helping us predict behavior, though he also cautions against an overly prescriptive use of these approaches, which could lead to harmful cultural stereotypes. 31 b&w figures. (Nov.)
This book mostly covers what people are good at predicting but doesn't go into detail about the mechanics of HOW. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve
Indeed, when judging The Tell by its cover we immediately see that it is composed of many faces as the cover implies. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Wayne Dworsky
The book seemed to lead up to something, but then quit abruptly. It did not help that the kindle app showed there was more than half the book yet to read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jennifer johnson
"At the outset, I stated that [this book] isn't a self-help book that aims to assist you in making accurate predictions in your life... Read more
This is a wonderful book for young pre-school - first grade as an introduction to doubling as an example of exponential growth like compounded interest. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Frederick Zeise
Book only TELLS you that people have "Tells" and does not Reveal Anything..
Waste of time and money............ Deceptive title and reviews.
I feel this to be a more academic book focusing on very specific topics which I think will appeal more to educators and psychology students. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. Colin Mcelhatton