VSL// Think you can spot a liar? This book shows you’re wrong

Here is something we know to be true: People lie. Some lies are little ones (“That haircut is great!”) and some are whoppers (“I did not have sex with that woman”), but according to The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships, by Robert Feldman, everybody does indeed know a liar. The trick, according to this book, is to figure out how much they’re lying and why.

Feldman, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, is considered an expert in the field of deception. In The Liar in Your Life, he examines how our culture treats dishonesty, and provides some surprising research results (two people meeting for the first time will lie to each other an average of three times in the first 10 minutes). He also sets out to correct some common myths when it comes to detecting physical tells when someone is in mid-lie. (Hint: Eye contact means nothing!) It’s a well-written and interesting book on an everyday problem, and we’ll leave it up to you to decide if we are lying (we’re not!).

This post is from Observer Short List—an email of three favorite things from people you want to know. Sign up to receive OSL here.

VSL// Think you can spot a liar? This book shows you’re wrong