Friendsight: What Friends Know that Others Don't

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About the author:
Bella DePaulo (PhD, Harvard) has authored more than 100 scholarly publications. Her expertise on topics such as friendship, singlehood, and the psychology of deception has been recognized in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and many other major national and international newspapers. Her work has also been reported in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, The Week, AAR P Magazine, Business Week, More, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker. Her op-ed essays have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Forbes. Dr. DePaulo has discussed her work on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, PBS, the BBC, and the Discovery Channel. She has lectured nationally and internationally, addressing such diverse groups as medical professionals, forensic scientists, school teachers, criminal attorneys, physicists, judges, women's centers, and mental health practitioners.

She writes the "Living Single" blog for Psychology Today, and is also a contributor to the Huffington Post. She has been a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara since the summer of 2000. Much more information about her background, her books, and her contact information, together with her All Things Single (and More) blog, can be found at her website,

Other Books by Bella DePaulo

Singled Out:
How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After

Single with Attitude:
Not Your Typical Take on Health and Happiness, Love and Money, Marriage and Friendship

The Psychology of Dexter

The Lies We Tell and the Clues We Miss:
Professional Papers

Behind the Door of Deceit:
Understanding the Biggest Liars in Our Lives

The Hows and Whys of Lies

Friendsight: What Friends Know that Others Don't

Professional Papers

Authored by Bella DePaulo PhD

Award-winning social scientist, Harvard Ph.D., and acclaimed author of "Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After," Bella DePaulo turns her attention in this collection to one of the most significant and underappreciated relationships in our lives - friendship.

She finds, for example, that:

Two friends look at the same facial expression and interpret it the same way - if they are women. Over time, two friends can spot each other's lies more accurately - but only if they are emotionally close. Sometimes one friend does not want the other to notice feelings of sadness or anger - then the closer friends are actually less likely to recognize that distress than the less close friends. Ordinarily, though, friends are more likely to know the truth about each other than are strangers, and that's because friends less often lie to each other in their everyday lives.

Those discoveries and more are described in the five articles in this collection. All were originally published in scholarly journals.

1. Similarities between Friends in their Understanding of Nonverbal Cues

2. Familiarity Effects in Nonverbal Understanding: Recognizing Our Own Facial Expressions and Our Friends'

3. Reading Nonverbal Cues to Emotions: The Advantages and Liabilities of Relationship Closeness

4. Everyday Lies in Close and Casual Relationships

5. The Development of Deception Detection Skill: A Longitudinal Study of Same-Sex Friends

Publication Date:
146099065X / 9781460990650
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Psychology / Social Psychology

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