“Lyin’ tamer” and former ATF deception detection expert Janine Driver is here to throw out much of what you think you know about body language and liars. Contrary to what most believe, liars don’t avoid or maintain eye contact any more than truth tellers. The key, Driver emphasizes, is in the deviations from baseline behavior and verbal structure that tips the scales. Think of this as red flags that should invite further questioning on your part. Fake outrage, a call for personal character witnesses, and backsliding are all indicators that things are not quite as they seem. You may not have a liar in front of you, but you may have a person who isn’t telling you all. Whether it’s a romantic partner, your child, your co-worker, a car salesman, or your boss, identifying these common shifts in normal behavior should alert you that there’s more to the story than he or she is telling you.
I found this intriguing and highly entertaining. If you feel like people consistently take advantage of your empathy, politeness, and generous nature, than this book is for you. This is to give you confidence when gathering information. It gives you permission to listen to your gut and not accept a story at face value. With real-life examples taken straight from the headlines, this book is extremely useful and very fun. Whether you want to more easily identify phony stories or if you’re a writer and want to draw more fully developed, multi-dimensional characters, this is a worthy reference.
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