How to Detect a Lie

Are you getting the whole truth and nothing but? The answer may be lying right in front of you.

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You Will Need

  • A good ear
  • Good eyes
  • A healthy skepticism

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Watch their hands

    Watch the suspected liar’s hands. Body language studies show that people tend to touch their face and scratch their nose when they lie.

  2. Step 2

    Follow their eyes

    Follow their eyes. Liars tend to blink a lot and don’t maintain eye contact.

  3. Step 3

    Note their words

    Note their words. A liar will skip contractions--saying 'I did not' instead of 'I didn’t'--and avoid pronouns, using someone’s full name instead of 'he' or 'she.'

  4. Step 4

    Check their smile

    Check their smile. People who are telling the truth use many facial muscles, but liars smile with just their mouth.

  5. Step 5

    Note their posture

    Notice their posture. Liars tend to keep their body posture closed (by folding their arms, for example). They may also unconsciously put an object between you, like a cup of coffee.

  6. Step 6

    Pause before responding

    Pause momentarily before responding; if the silence makes them uncomfortable, they may be lying.

  7. Step 7

    Note the details

    Pay attention to details. If they provide more information than necessary, that’s a bad sign. People tend to be overly specific when they’re making something up.

  8. Step 8

    Change the subject

    Change the subject. If they seem relieved, that’s probably a red flag that they’ve been lying straight to your face!

  9. Step 9

    Teach your liar a lesson

    What you do from here is up to you. It may be smart to file your knowledge away for future use. However, if you're noticing a trend, it might just be time to teach your liar a lesson.

  10. In a recent poll, 91% of Americans reported lying on a regular basis.

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