The Truth About Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More

What really drives success and failure?

Can I trust you? It's the question that strikes at the heart of human existence. Whether we're talking about business partnerships, romantic relationships, child-parent bonds, or the brave new world of virtual interaction, trust, when correctly placed, is what makes our world spin and lives flourish.

Renowned psychologist David DeSteno brings together the latest research from diverse fields, including psychology, economics, biology, and robotics, to create a compelling narrative about the forces that have shaped the human mind's propensities to trust. He shows us how trust influences us at every level, from how we learn, to how we love, to how we spend, to how we take care of our own health and well-being. Using cutting edge research from his own lab, he also unlocks, for the first time, the cues that allow us to read the trustworthiness of others accurately.

Appealing to readers of Dan Ariely, Dan Gilbert, and David Eaglemen, The Truth About Trust offers a new paradigm that will change not only how you think about trust, but also how you understand, communicate, and make decisions in every area of your life.

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By Abdullah (Amsterdam, Netherlands) · ★★★★☆ · February 04, 2015
I found this book at the work's library, I wanted to read it because of its title, The Truth About Trust. I have just finished it, and I like it very much.

This is one of the few books that I read that really touches every part of your life, it's about trust but it shows you with evidence and stat... ...more
By Jane (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · February 03, 2014
I've read many books like Dr. DeSteno's, and I find the oversimplification of some of his theories a bit "too good to be true" (i.e. Several anecdotes are from simplified and isolated tests at sophisticated Ivy League schools) It is a well-written, insightful and interesting read. His argument ab... ...more
By Sean (Singapore) · ★★★☆☆ · July 08, 2014
Trust is about gambling on your ability to read someone's mind, even if that someone is your future self.

When we think people are consistent in their honesty, one can expect to find that it their environment was also constant.

Trust isn't just about integrity, but also competence. Without the abil... ...more
By Basia (Ottawa, ON, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · August 05, 2014
A very good book especially for communicators whose work relies on finding the threads of trust to engage with people on behalf of their clients or organizations. I really enjoyed the chapter on cybertrust that is frightening and fascinating at the same time. ...more
By Yasheve (Miami, FL) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 12, 2014
Was enjoying it until I ran into a false strategy 2/3 of the way thru. ...more
By Tabitha (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 10, 2014
The main reason I selected to read this was to assist me with closing sales, I wanted to understand why collectors trust me. This book is an insightful look into how the human species interacts with each other and why. A bit more of an academic read, but well worth the time! I have a better under... ...more
By Thom (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 05, 2015
Good look at aspects of trust that we might not consider otherwise: The importance of self trust in trusting others, for example. Backed up by research, if you care about that sort of thing.... ...more
By Hamilton (São Paulo, 27, Brazil) · ★★★★★ · December 27, 2014
Excellent account of groundbreaking (and disturbing!) research on trust and human behavior. ...more
By Aljan (Hot Sulphur Springs, CO) · ★★★☆☆ · March 25, 2014
Very dry but interesting. ...more