Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self Deception (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Daniel Goleman is the bestselling author of several books, including Emotional IntelligenceFocus, and Optimal. He was a science journalist for The New York Times, received the American Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and was honored by Harvard for his contributions to education, business, and society. He lives near New York City. Find out more at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780684831077
ISBN-10: 0684831074
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 1st, 1996
Pages: 288
Language: English