Vital Lies, Simple Truths

The Psychology of Self Deception

Vital Lies, Simple Truths

From the bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence comes a penetrating analysis of the many ways we deceive ourselves.

Daniel Goleman draws on evidence of all kinds—from brain function to social dynamics—to reveal how we skew our most intimate relationships, our day-to-day lives, and our common reality by burying painful insights and memories. This self-deception is our means of psychic self-preservation, the currency of survival in which an entire society colludes. But although self-deception is sometimes benign, it can also be dangerous and life-diminishing. This important book both illuminates and raises challenging questions about a subject that is central to our psychological existence.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684831077 | 
  • May 1996
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Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing. He lives in the Berkshires.