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True Confessions: How to Get the Truth by Gino Arcaro is an educational guide to obtaining a true confession. Lying in our culture is unnatural, but easy to do and often socially rewarded. Currently, dishonesty is the biggest threat to large organizations and relationships. Liars often hide the truth from themselves and others. Thanks to cognitive dissonance, law enforcement can work for the victim by appealing to the perpetrator’s conscience. Arcaro draws on his lifelong professional experience as an investigator to define the X Theory of Truth. Choosing the right words and evaluating credibility can lead to a confession. Everyone has a drive to tell the truth and be guilt-free from moral conflict. The psychological hell created by cognitive dissonance causes either rationalization or reconciliation. Interrogators must work for reconciliation and ascertain the level of guilt. The key is focusing on the conscience to get to the truth.
Arcaro discusses the twenty-four fundamental laws of truth and provides tools and techniques for making the right decisions. By building rapport, being honest and activating the compulsion to confess, the interviewer can gain the upper hand. Having a plan of attack, being flexible and listening to the subject are cultivated skills for the interrogator. However, True Confessions: How to Get the Truth by Gino Arcaro is a universal topic because everyone lies at some point in their lives in varying degrees. This informative guide is great for parents, teachers, managers and people who interact with others on a regular basis to solve problems and relieve pain, leading to success in life.