INTRODUCTION

People never lie so much as after a hunt,

during a war, or before an election.

—OTTO VON BISMARCK

DID YOU SEE YOUR NEW BOSS give that little shoulder shrug while she said, “What you’re doing contributes to the team and company’s success.

Your work makes a difference.”

Or hear that practically-perfect-in-every-way babysitter say, “Just ask any of my previous families—they all love me. I know they’ll tell you that I’m dependable and trustworthy.”

Did you happen to notice that your new girlfriend put a smiley face at the end of her handwritten “I’m happy I met you!” note?

In all of these examples, you might find yourself being lied to. But can you spot it? Even the most intelligent and observant among us can miss telltale signs of deceit ...

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