Being a true human lie detector like Dr. Cal Lightman on “Lie to Me” has to be a pretty nifty party trick.
The Yahoo! Answers team wants to protect you against all those sneaky liars looking to deceive you. With this in mind, we’ve created a list with a number of tips that will help you identify day to day lies. We hope they’ll be useful!
Experts in deception know that:
> Truth tends to make sense: Words, body language and actions fit into each other nicely when someone’s telling the truth.
> There’s one emotion for every reaction: If an honest person likes your shoes, they will smile first and compliment them or vice versa. A “liar”, on the other hand, will do both at the same time and their reactions will last less than normal.
> When responding to a direct question, a liar will use the same words used by the person interrogating them. For example: “Did you break the vase?” “No, I did not break the vase”.
> Emotions are mirrored in our whole face: Someone who really smiles does so with eyes and brows, too. Liars smile just with their lips.
> Liars tend to touch different parts of their faces when they tell a lie. Nose scratching, lip-biting and head-scratching are some of the tell-tale signs of deceitful statements.
> A liar will take a little longer answering a question than a person who is telling the truth.
> When someone is guilty, they become aggressive when defending themselves. An innocent person will question the reasons they’re being blamed rather than become defensive.
> A liar will try to keep communication to a minimum when it comes to the person they’re lying to. If they must talk to this person, they will be visibly uncomfortable on most cases.
> Liars don’t emphasize different parts of their speech while someone who is telling the truth will accentuate the important bits of information in a story.
> Liars tend to speak more than necessary or change the subject immediately after lying.
> Some liars rub their eyes unconsciously to avoid eye contact with their listener.
> If a person shakes their head while making an affirmative comment, it’s likely that they’re lying.
> When lying, people place objects (glasses, pens, books) between them and the person being lied to.
> Someone who lies will make up excuses before they’re asked to give them.
To find more information on the subject, you can visit the following sites:
How to detect lies – http://www.blifaloo.com/info/lies.php
The truth about lying – http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/may/12/psychology-lying-microexpressions-paul-ekman
Thanks for reading,
Yahoo! Answers Latin America Team
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