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Lying and Deception in Everyday Life

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ISBN 9780898628944
Published April 27, 1993 by Guilford Press
221 Pages

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Book Description

Taking into account the sheer ubiquity and ordinariness of deception, this interdisciplinary work moves away from the cut-and-dried notion of duplicity as evil and illuminates the ways in which deception can also be understood as a adaptive response to the demands of living with others. The book articulates the boundaries between unethical and adaptive deception demonstrating how some lies serve socially approved goals, while others provoke distrust and condemnation. Throughout, the volume focuses on the range of emotions--from feelings of shame, fear, or envy, to those of concern and compassion--that motivate our desire to deceive ourselves and others.

Table of Contents

1. Deceit and Illusion in Human Affairs, Saarni and Lewis 2. What a Tangled Web: Deception and Self-Deception in Philosophy, Solomon 3. Animals as Liars: The Human Face of Nonhuman Duplicity, Mitchell 4. The Development of Deception, Lewis 5. The Socialization of Emotional Dissemblance, Saarni & von Salisch 6. Sex Differences in Lying: How Women and Men Deal with the Dilemma of Deceit, DePaulo, Epstein, & Wyer 7. Looking at Oneself in a Rose-Colored Mirror: The Role of Excuses in the Negotiation of a Personal Reality, Sigmon & Snyder 8. Lying to Yourself: The Enigma of Self-Deception, Baumeister 9. Lies that Fail, Ekman & Frank 10. Understanding Malingering: Motivation, Method, and Detection, Kropp & Rogers

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This well-written and thought-provoking book presents something for everyone.
- Readings

This book contains perhaps everything you want to know about lying and cheating, their origins and perpetuation, and even the pro-social and adaptive uses of deception.
- The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter