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Spy the Lie

Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, Don Tennant

5 mins

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Spy the Lie is a collection of professional tips on how to more accurately detect when someone is lying to you through a combination of verbal and non-verbal cues.


Spy the Lie

Spy the Lie

by Philip Houston


We all lie, and if you think you don't, you're probably lying. Usually, we lie to avoid conflict or to avoid hurting someone's feelings, making most of our lies harmless. But no matter what the reasons are for the lie, we all have times when we need the truth. If you're a lawyer, CEO, interviewer, interrogator, or even just a concerned parent of a teenager, the truth is essential.

Ever wondered how professionals can spot a lie? In Spy The Lie, we learn skills from the field experience of professional lie detectors. The authors have worked in the U.S. government organizations like the CIA, Military Police, and the NSA. They have all been recognized for their competence in interrogations and polygraph tests around the world. Their combined experience provides us with valuable tools to help us sort out the truth, and get past our own biases and expectations about liars.

Favorite quote

All the lies that have ever been told or ever will be told fall into three categories, or strategies: lies of commission, lies of omission, and lies of influence.

- Philip Houston

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