|| Lying and Deception in Everyday Life
||Michael Lewis and Carolyn Saarni
||The Guilford Press, ©1993
72 Spring St.
New York, NY 10012
This 221-page book cannot be read without becoming rather distinctly uncomfortable.
There is far too much accurate description of deception that every reader
will immediately know he or she has done and does every day. The only place
where the contents of this book may not resonate with the behavior each
reader performs is in the material on self-deception. There may be some
of us whose self-deception is impermeable enough that we may not know what
we are actually doing. Even the chapter on malingering and deception brings
to mind the times illness was feigned to avoid school or some other expected
The book discusses different types of deception and looks at the boundaries
between ethical and adaptive deception. The 10 chapters explore ways to
perceive deception as an adaptive mechanism, a socially required disposition,
or a socially condemned behavior. Throughout the book, relevant research
data are cited to support the understanding of deception presented.
This is a valuable book that can be read with benefit by anyone. It is recommended
unreservedly. However, the only way to improve understanding of deception
observed in others is first to find the mote in one's own eye.
Reviewed by Ralph Underwager, Institute for Psychological