Lie Detection – How to Tell If Someone Is Lying To You

Everybody lies. Friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, spouses, and even the guy at the supermarket who heartily insists that the limp lettuce on display “just came in this morning”. In times like these when deceit is so rampant among us, it pays to be able to tell if someone is lying to you. Check out the tips below on how to hone your lie detection skills so that next time you suspect it, you’ll be able to tell easily if someone is lying to you.

How to Tell if Someone Is Lying to You

Lie Detection by Body Language

Stiffness. Liars are often very tense and will make as few limb movements ass possible while lying or discussing a lie.

Twitching fingers. Though their limbs are tense, liars often cannot resist small nervous movements of their fingers. They will also often play idly with small objects nearby such as pens, keys, and their accessories.

Face Touching. Excessive, nervous, or idle contact with the face, ears, and nose is another give away among liars. Many people report persistent nose itching when deceiving someone.

Inappropriate gestures. If someone’s body motions do not fit with what is being said or if they make untimely gestures during their speech they may be lying.

Fake Emotions. When an emotion is sincere, the hundreds of tiny muscles in a person’s face work together to convey that emotion. Fake emotions, like a fake smile, tend to extend only to the mouth region of the face, never reaching the eyes, cheeks, and other areas of the face. So if someone’s smile or frown is nothing more than a mere pulling of the lips up or down respectively, this can accurately detect if that someone is lying to you.

Face Twitches. For the same reason of facial muscles mentioned above, most people cannot hide the brief flicker of their true emotions that flits across their face when they feel something. Though these flickers usually last as little as a quarter of a second, close scrutiny of their face can reveal if someone is lying to you. Visit:
Lie Detection by Speech

Changes in Tenor. If someone’s voice is notably higher or lower pitched than it usually is, or if a voice that doesn’t usually crack does, this can indicate nervousness and deception.

Vague Statements. Liars often rely on “loopholes” in questions or statements to make their response not “technically” untrue. This usually manifests itself as very vague statements or as responses using the same phrasing as the question.

Distancing language. Among liars, a popular means of self detachment from their deception is distancing language, that is using words and phrases that convey a meaning whilst avoiding mentioning a person, specifically their person. So in answering the question “Did you remember to feed my dog this morning?” someone who is lying to you might respond, “The dog was fed.”

Contraction Omission. Liars tend to shy away from using contractions in an effort to sound firm and convincing. When “accused”, a liar is more likely to say stoically “I did not do that.” while an honest person is more likely to say heatedly “I didn’t do that!”

Discomfort with Silence. If someone is lying to you, they are likely to be very uncomfortable and nervous during pauses or silences in conversations. It seems that these periodic lapses are unnerving because they offer time for dissembling on the other person’s part.

So now you are armed with eleven different ways to tell if someone is lying to you. I hope that these truly help you to spot more of the lies you encounter daily. You will probably be surprised, as I was when I first learned these methods, at how many white fibs, half truths, and plain, blunt lies you are told everyday.


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