Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable around people and have a really hard time understanding their "real intentions"?
Your colleague says he agrees, but does he really, or is it only a facade?
Have you ever thought you were going crazy, or do you have a feeling you are being used, manipulated, or played?
If you answered "Yes" to at least one of the questions above, you are absolutely not alone. Most people have real trouble recognizing false statements and differentiating fake from real emotions, even with the people close to them.
Sure, the small little lie about how awesome Grandma's homemade pie tastes will not really hurt and might even be necessary for smooth human relationships. But lying can also have tremendous potential for harm, hurt feelings, or catastrophic business decisions.
Diary studies of lying, conducted with both college students and adults from the community, have shown that lies are a fact of daily life (DePaulo, Kashy, Kirkendoll, Wyer & Epstein, 1996). Such studies suggest that people tell an average of at least one lie a day and describe their untruths as little lies of little consequence.
They perceive their lies as not very serious, they rarely plan their lies, and they do not worry much about the possibility of getting caught, even if the consequences to the people they lied to might be dramatic (DePaulo, Ansfield, Kirkendol & Boden, 2004).
Therefore, the skill to differentiate lies from the truth becomes critical and can be of tremendous value to anyone.
l What is Dark Psychology?
l The Basics of Reading People
l What is Body Language?
l Elements of Body Language
l How to Interpret Facial Expressions
l How to Interpret Verbal Communication
Even if you are a complete beginner and have a hard time to naturally get the manipulation, the extensive research that went into this guide and the practical applications and exercises will instantly boost your abilities to analyze and understand deceptions and lies on a completely different level.