The Language of Lying

One of the most effective ways to determine whether or not someone’s lying is to examine their body language and speech patterns. Here are a few tips that’ll help turn you into a human lie detector machine:

TICK TOCK
Deceptive answers usually take longer to formulate than truthful ones.

UM, ERR
Liars often mispronounce words, stutter or sniff due to nervous tension.

COVER UP
Covering the mouth and rubbing the nose and eyes can indicate untruthfulness.

PIVOTING
Liars welcome a change in conversation resulting in their body language becoming more relaxed.

FADE AWAY
Their body will start to scrunch up as if they’re trying to fade away and any movement will be stiff and limited.

PICKPOCKET
Showing palms is a sign of honesty so people who are fibbing will often put their hands in their pockets and fidget.

LOOK AT ME
Liars usually avoid eye contact while seasoned pros will overcompensate and maintain deliberate eye contact.

Detecting deceit isn’t always easy as some people are better liars than others. Asking questions can help determine whether or not someone’s lying as it’s difficult to fabricate specific details on the spot. A single tell may mean nothing but when combined together, chances are they’re hiding something.

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