They say it takes a liar to know one. So if you’re one of those hopeless human’s who can’t lie and can not tell if someone’s lying to them to save their lives, then this one’s for you.
Behaviour analysts have been working with body language experts and the FBI on uncloaking signs of deception. They say you need to be able to pay close attention to details such as their body language and facial expressions which most people don’t notice.
It takes practice, however if you master the skill, it could save you from a lot of unnecessary fraud and deception. It could also just be useful to give you peace of mind if you’re confused between believing the next person or not.
Look for at least 2 of the following telltale signs in the first 5 seconds of a conversation.
- None or way too much eye contact
When we’re lying to someone, our guilt makes us unable to look at the people in a normal way. Either the liar will struggle to keep eye contact or stare at you without blinking. It becomes obvious because when people are telling the truth they will momentarily shift their eyes around to help them focus but it seems obvious when the eye contact becomes a somewhat unusual occurrence.
- Providing too many exaggerated details
If a person seems to be providing information that was not asked for then it’s a clear sign that they’re nervous because of the guilt of not telling the truth. They’ll talk a lot in hopes that all their talking will make believe they’re being truthful. If their story seems rehearsed, simply ask them questions that would require them to tell it in another way, if they can’t then you’ll have your answer.
- Repetitive words or phrases
If a person seems to be using the same sentences or phrases again and again then there’s a high probability of them lying. This is because they’ll often think of the words that sound most convincing, and keep repeating them when asked to explain their situation again.
- Constant moving or fidgeting
If a person excessively keeps repeating a task while they’re talking to you i.e. cleaning their glasses constantly or dusting off the already clean table or just fidgeting in their seat, its highly likely that they’re not telling the truth.
- Scratching the nose
A person who is lying to you will touch their nose way more than when they tell the truth. This happens because of the rush of adrenaline causing the nose to itch excessively.
- Extreme defensiveness
If a person is lying to you, the pressure of the lie in itself will make them produce more emotional and defensive responses to your questions in hopes to maybe reduce your doubts about their story, which many times backfires causing even more suspicion.