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How to Detect a Lie

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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Step 2: Follow their eyes Follow their eyes. Liars tend to blink a lot and don’t maintain eye contact.
  • 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.'
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 6: Pause before responding Pause momentarily before responding; if the silence makes them uncomfortable, they may be lying.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • FACT: In a recent poll, 91% of Americans reported lying on a regular basis.

You Will Need

  • A good ear
  • Good eyes
  • A healthy skepticism

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