'The Interplay of Truth and Deception': Book Analysis

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Truth and Deception While the book "The Interplay of Truth and Deception" showcases a range of definitions and perspectives of deception, perhaps the most succinct one is cited to Ekman and Sullivan: Deception is defined as "the deliberate intention to mislead"¦ without prior notification of the target of the lie" (McGlone & Knapp, 1999). Levine and Kim, authors of the essay, "Some Considerations for a New Theory of Deception" also emphasize the intentionality of deception and also the frequency of deception. The authors coin a phrase, "successful deception" the type when a speaker effectively misleads or deceives the listener, while the listener is completely unaware (2009). This type of deception, the authors stress, is far more common, as most people never find out about it due to the fact that they've been successfully deceived. It's the rarer instances when a person's intentional attempt to deceive is found out, that becomes more memorable, but the infrequency of those occasions is by no means an accurate indicator of how often people attempt to deceive one another. "Current theoretical approaches to deception are lacking and new theoretical directions are needed to understand deception communication and its detection" (Levine & Kim, 2009). Levine and Kim have valid concerns when they stress the necessity of more research into the manner, methods, motivations and contexts that most deception occurs in, as it's a somewhat clumsily and shoddily understood subject.
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