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Drawing on their own original research, acclaimed psychologists David DeSteno and Piercarlo Valdesolo shine a new scientific light on the hidden psychological forces behind the saint and the sinner lurking in all of us. Book jacket.

About the Author

DAVID DESTENO is associate professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he is also director of the Social Emotions Lab. He is editor of the American Psychological Associationā€™s journal Emotion and has served as a visiting associate professor of psychology at Harvard University. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, ABC News, Scientific American, and NPR. He has also guest-blogged for the New York Times Freakonomics blog.

PIERCARLO VALDESOLO is an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont-McKenna College. His work has appeared both in top journals and major news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, LA Times, and Newsweek, and he has been awarded fellowships at Harvard University and Amherst College. He is a contributor to the Scientific American Mind Matters blog.

Table of Contents

Saints and sinners: the mental battle that defines our character — Hypocrisy vs. morality: why no one should throw stones — Soul mate or playmate?: what makes Mr. or Ms. Right go wrong — From pride to hubris: the deadliest of the seven sins? — Compassionate or cruel?: looking into the mirror of the human soul — Fairness and trust: the surprising elasticity of the golden rule — Playing it safe vs. taking a gamble: risk, reward, and ruin — Tolerance vs. bigotry: why sometimes we just can't help hating "them" — True colors?: understanding and managing the spectrum of character.

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Surprising Truths about the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (And Saint) Lurking in All of Us
Random House Inc
Valdesolo, Piercarlo
Desteno, David
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