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Good, Somewhat Academic but Worth It
on January 20, 2015
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.