The New Science of Deciphering What People Really Think, What They Really Want, and Who They Really Are
by David J. Lieberman, PhD
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Pub Date 16 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
Rodale Inc., Rodale Books
“A treasure trove of concepts, ideas, and tools that we can all master to be safer and happier. It’s a must-read!”—Joe Navarro, author of Dangerous Personalities
What did your boss mean in that email? Is your mechanic stretching the truth? Whether you’re engaged in a casual conversation or a high-stakes negotiation, it’s critical to understand the subtext of a situation. But with so much interaction happening on screens—via email, texts, or video chat—we are losing the ability to interpret expressions and cues. Furthermore, since many are now savvy about the meaning of body language, it’s become even harder to discern someone’s true thoughts or intentions.
A leading lie-detection expert who instructs the FBI and other security agencies, noted psychotherapist David Lieberman, PhD, takes “people reading” to a whole new level. Drawing on the latest research in psycholinguistics—the cues embedded in spoken and written speech—he shows you how to apply his cutting-edge methods to countless everyday situations, including:
• Detecting the messaging behind passive language, personal or impersonal descriptions, and level of detail.
• Determining whether someone’s account of any incident is the truth or a work of fiction.
• Finding out whether a potential hire, dating app match, or new babysitter is trustworthy or hiding something.
Nobody wants to be played a fool. Mindreader will help us identify who can be trusted, and who may be out to get us.
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Average rating from 7 members
Mindreader by David Lieberman is an excellent book that cuts through the social media clutter of explaining motivations and personality disorders. The author skillfully describes scenarios in which peoples motivations are fully explained, allowing the reader to easily step in to the situation and apply it to their own life. The shine in this book is on the explanations of personality disorders. As knowledge of narcissistic personality disorder and related Cluster B disorders permeate the mainstream, clear outlines on what NPD is and isn’t are needed. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about human motivation.