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Telltale Signs that Someone is Lying

Telltale Signs that Someone is Lying

Whether friendship or romantic, honesty is very important in any type of relationship. But how do you know when someone is telling you the truth, or covering up a lie? Body language could be one of the tools you use when getting to know someone. Body language tells us many things that people don't want us to know, and it may provide us with us all kinds of visual clues that someone is lying. If you want to know whether or not someone is telling you the truth, watch out for these 5 telltale signs that he or she is lying to you.

1. No eye contact or exaggerated eye contact

When someone is lying to you, they will unconsciously try to avoid eye contact. However, some people will consciously try to maintain eye contact in an effort to make their lies more believable. This kind of 'forced' eye contact is usually easy to spot as they may not be blinking as much as they usually would, or their eyes may appear wider than usual.

2. Changes in the colour of their skin

Redness around the face, neck, and throat is a common sign that someone is not telling you the truth. Unconsciously, they may be worrying that you will catch them in a lie, and this produces a similar physical response as the natural response to embarrassment (blushing).

3. Hands in front of their mouth

Talking with their hands or fingers in front of their mouth is sometimes an unconscious attempt to censor their lies. They may be trying to physically 'filter out' the parts they feel guilty about, and this shows in their body language.

4. Physically facing away from you

They may be looking straight at you, but is their body facing in your direction? When people are lying, they tend to sit or stand with their body facing away from the person they are lying to. If he or she is sat with their legs crossed, are their legs pointing toward you?

5. Perspiration

Of course, this could simply be a sign of nerves, especially if you are firing questions at them, but sweating can also be a sign that they are lying. If sweating is accompanied by changes in their breathing, this could be a sign that they are worried about being 'caught'.

Comments (12)

anthony61870
Some of those things are caused by being shy. i do sometimes those things, But that dont mean im being dishonest, just shydunno
stevendd
The best liers have no conscience about lying so none of those signs will manifest
thanks to make me a perfect liar !blah blah violin
One sure-fire way to spot a lie is if the person glances to their right, (your left). This means they are accessing the left side of their brain which is in charge of the creative process needed to produce a convincing lie. The rightward glance is highly involuntary (most people are not even aware they do it), unless the person is extremely skilled in the art of lying.
One sure-fire way to spot a lie is if the person glances to their right, (your left). This means they are accessing the left side of their brain which is in charge of the creative process needed to produce a convincing lie. The rightward glance is highly involuntary (most people are not even aware they do it), unless the person is extremely skilled in the art of lying.
goingdutch
A good list, but.....
1)the signs should be interpreted in context (maybe someone is sweating because it is hot; the hand is touching the noes or mouth because they ahve a cold)
2) the signs could indicate other things: maybe the person is not looking at you and turned away from you because they don't like you. The fact there is no sympathy / chemistry does not imply someone needs to lie...
Hinze
Its not me.
Scubadiva
That comment was meant for the author of the article.
Scubadiva
Nonsense. You obviously haven't met a good liar, yet. laugh
RalphMalph
this is hogwash. Maybe the person hides their mouth for other reasons while speaking. Perhaps the speaker prefers to stand aside when he talks. This is nothing more than generalization. We always say "you can't put everyone into the same mould" ,,then turn around and make assumptions about someone's speaking habits.
vosztok
The list from one to five is good, very good. I never realized how so many people knew when I was lying.

I usually gulp. My voice gets shakey. And it's in those times when I am NOT lying, but suspect very strongly that others suspect I am lying and I have no foolproof way to show I am not lying. Like when I have a large TV screen to sell, that works well, and has all kinds of plugs, because I am moving, and it's heavy (despite being a flat LCD tv). Anyone I tell it's only three months old, and works well, I fear they will think I am trying to pull the wool over their eyes, so I gulp and my voice gets shakey.



That said, there are two more surfire way of telling if someone is lying. In East German Kommunist torturer's training school, in the course Interrogation 238 they tell the students that if someone repeats a line almost or indeed verbatim, that is a lie that he and his subversive friends memorized, and swore to stick to. If an interrogant screams and gets angry, he is very likely to be innocent of the crime, but of course not of crimes we are not asking at the moment, so torture and execution is ALWAYS in order.

The other surefire way is that the interrogant withstands extreme pain that the interrogator subjects him into. In the old times this was not so apparent, because the pain induced by driving hot nails into soft tissues, or poking the eyes out, or making him or her hang upside down and lowering the interrogant into a pool of human waste, were simply not painful enough. Now with the wonderful invention of electroshock method, nobody can withold information for long. So this is another way of knowing if someone lied in the beginning of the interrogation sessions.
JetsonRING
Also: Touching ones face while speaking is a fair indication, as is looking "down and away". The first is a fairly good Poker tell and the second is actually used in acting to "indicate" a lie because it is so recognizable.

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