The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships


In THE LIAR IN YOUR LIFE: The Way to Truthful Relationships, psychology professor Robert Feldman, one of the world's leading authorities on deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it exacts on us, and what to do about it. His account is once surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications.

Feldman examines marital infidelity, little white lies, career-driven résumé lies, how we teach children to lie, and—perhaps most insidious—the lies we tell ourselves. Along the way, he reveals how it is nearly impossible to spot a liar, despite our beliefs to the contrary. He also provides startling evidence of just how integral lying is to our culture; indeed, his research shows that two people, meeting for the first time, will lie to each other an average of three times in the first ten min utes of a conversation. THE LIAR IN YOUR LIFE explores not only why people lie in their own lives, but also why, as a society, we engage in and often encourage dishonesty—and how we can overcome the odds to become honest people.


Listen to Robert Feldman on Good Morning AmericaThe Leonard Lopate Show, and Talk of the Nation


North American publisher: Twelve Books

Foreign rights: The Marsh Agency

Jessica Woollard ( for the United Kingdom

Camilla Ferrier ( for Arabic World, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy*, Japan, The Netherlands**, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Jemma McDonagh ( for Baltic States, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Rupublic, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy**, Korea, The Netherlands*, Poland, Romania, Scandinavia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Turkey


Foreign rights sold: UK/Commonwealth to Virgin Books; Korean to Wisdom House Publishing Co; Japanese to Kodansha Publishers; Spanish (Spain only) to Ediciones Urano; Brazilian only to Elsevier Editora (Campus); Complex Chinese to Editions de Flaneur; Simplified Chinese to Citic Press


Film rights: Gillian MacKenzie (


"It’s an excellent, entertaining and not-at-all-daunting read... I can’t recommend it highly enough." - The Independent arts blog