The Truth About Lying: With Some Differences Between Men and Women
This is an absolutely fascinating book... Central to the whole book is the section on 'How Men and Women Lie in Different Ways'. Here Stephen Costello brings to bear a quite extraordinary range of information... I can only encourage everyone to read it and thoroughly enjoy it as I did. --Ivor Browne, from the Foreword
[A] slim, witty volume. . . Well-suited to readers interested in wide-ranging intellectual writing. --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Stephen J. Costello, Ph.D is a practising analyst and Director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland: School of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. He is the author of The Irish Soul: In Dialogue, The Pale Criminal: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 18 Reasons Why Mothers Hate Their Babies: A Philosophy of Childhood, Hermeneutics and the Psychoanalysis of Religion, What are Friends For?: Insights from the Great Philosophers, The Ethics of Happiness: An Existential Analysis, and Philosophy and the Flow of Presence: Desire, Drama and the Divine Ground of Being.
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: The Liffey Press (June 4, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
Top international review
This book was recommended to me, and I had great expectations, to be fair. The title suggests that the author would analyse what lying is about, what reasons people have to lie and what kind of lies exist, dividing male lies from female lies on top. I hardly found any of this analyse inside. It's mainly about defining lies and how different philosophers saw and (kind of) classified lies. Neither do I consider important for understanding of my own lies and why I tell them to know whether or not animals lie (without getting a comprehesibly argued answer), nor do I want to see the connection between Wittgenstein's linguistic games and lies. Of course, lies are a linguistic phenomenen in the first place, but every kind of communication between humans is, apart from non-verbal messages maybe, but those are translated into linguistic messages, too ("does he want me to come over by looking at me all the time?"). But I did not buy this book in order to read about linguistics and philosophy, but about the psychological background of lying and what kinds of feelings or longings or hopes make us lie vs. say the truth. I knew the odd facts about these questions before, and honestly I didn't learn anything new about this by reading the book. There are some interesting food for thoughts concerning the mentioned linguistics and philosophy, so that's why I would award it with two stars. But regrettably it did not meet my expectations. Probably my expectations are the problem here though, who knows.