Why We Lie The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind

ISBN-10: 0312310404
ISBN-13: 9780312310400
Edition: 2007
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Description: Deceit, lying, and falsehoods lie at the very heart of our cultural heritage. Even the founding myth of the Judeo-Christian tradition, the story of Adam and Eve, revolves around a lie. Our seemingly insatiable appetite for stories of deception spans  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 8/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Deceit, lying, and falsehoods lie at the very heart of our cultural heritage. Even the founding myth of the Judeo-Christian tradition, the story of Adam and Eve, revolves around a lie. Our seemingly insatiable appetite for stories of deception spans the extremes of culture fromKing Learto Little Red Riding Hood, retaining a grip on our imaginations despite endless repetition. These tales of deception are so enthralling because they speak to something fundamental in the human condition. The ever-present possibility of deceit is a crucial dimension of all human relationships, even the most central: our relationships with our own selves. Why We Lieelucidates the essential role that deception and self-deception have played in evolution and shows that the very structure of our minds has been shaped from our earliest beginnings by the need to deceive. Smith shows us how, by examining the stories we tell, the falsehoods we weave, and the unconscious signals we send out, we can learn much about ourselves and our minds. nbsp;

Acknowledgments
Preface
Natural-Born Liars
Manipulators and Mind Readers
The Evolution of Machiavelli
The Architecture of the Machiavellian Mind
Social Poker
Hot Gossip
Machiavelli on the Couch
Conspiratorial Whispers and Covert Operations
Coda: Descartes's Demon
Unconscious Creativity
Psychological Biases and Defense Mechanisms
Notes
Index

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