In business, politics and romance, it would be nice to know when were being lied to. Unfortunately humans arent very good at detecting lies. Our natural tendency is to trust others. Part of the problem is that there are no obvious cues that separate lying from truth telling. Another part of the problem is that we often use the wrong cues such as guessing. That does not mean that it is impossible to judge whether someone is lying.
Looking at facial expressions to determine whether a person is lying might just save you from being a victim of fraud. Or it could help you to know it’s safe to trust your heart and get involved with an attractive stranger.It takes a little practice but having this skill can be fascinating! This knowledge is useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.
Lie Detection Techniques
Micro Expressions & Body Language:
- Physical expression will be limited and stiff, with few arm and hand movements. Hand, arm and leg movement are toward their own body the liar takes up less space.
- A person who is lying to you will avoid making eye contact. Watchout at eyebrows of the person who is lying, eyebrows may be being drawn upwards towards the middle of the forehead, causing short lines to appear across the skin of the forehead.
- Hands touching their face, throat & mouth. People tend to touch the nose more when lying and a great deal less when telling the truth, Touching or scratching the nose or behind their ear.Not likely to touch his chest/heart with an open hand.
Persons Eye Movement:
- You can usually tell if a person is remembering something or making something up based on eye movements. When people remember details, their eyes move up and to the left if they are right-handed.
- Watch the eyelids. These tend to close longer than the usual blink when a person sees or hears something he or she doesn’t agree with. However, this can be a very minute change.
- Gestures/expressions don’t match the verbal statement, such as frowning when saying “I love you.”
- Expressions are limited to mouth movements when someone is faking emotions (like happy, surprised, sad, awe, )instead of the whole face. For example; when someone smiles naturally their whole face is involved: jaw/cheek movement, eyes and forehead push down, etc
- A person’s voice can be a good lie indicator. He or she may suddenly start talking faster or slower than normal, or the tension may result in a higher-pitched or quavering tone. Stuttering or stammering may also point to a lie.
- A statement with a contraction is more likely to be truthful: “ I didn’t do it” instead of “I did not do it”
- A liar may leave out pronouns and speak in a monotonous tone. When a truthful statement is made the pronoun is emphasized as much or more than the rest of the words in a statement.
- It’s very hard for a liar to avoid filling silence created by you. He or she wants you to believe the lies being woven; silence gives no feedback on whether or not you’ve bought the story.
- Liars try to read you to see if you’ve bought the tale. If you don’t show any signs of something to monitor, many liars will feel uncomfortable.
- If you’re a good listener, you’ll already be avoiding interruptions, which in itself is a great technique to let the story unfold. Practice not interrupting others if you have this tendency — not only will it help you to detect lies but it’ll make you a better listener generally.
Other Signs of Lying
- If you believe someone is lying, then change subject of a conversation quickly, a liar follows along willingly and becomes more relaxed. The guilty wants the subject changed; an innocent person may be confused by the sudden change in topics and will want to back to the previous subject.
- Using humor or sarcasm to avoid a subject.
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