How to tell if someone is lying


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How to tell if someone is lying

  1. 1. How to Tell If Someone Is LyingVocabularyOften times, a liar wont use the words "I" or "me," instead referring to himself/herself in the thirdperson in order todeflect blame or responsibility. Sometimes, he/she will leave pronouns outaltogether. For instance your boyfriend will say things like, "This guy was watching football," or"Watching football!" instead of "Im watching football."
  2. 2. Eye ContactA liar usually has a hard time looking someone directly in the eyes while he/she is lying. Itseasier to lie while looking at the wall next to someone than looking right at the person
  3. 3. Touching of the FaceA person who is lying may touch his/her face a lot, especially the nose, ears, mouth and throat.A liar wont usually touch his/her chest with an open hand, however.RehearsalUsually, if you ask someone what they did last Tuesday, he/she have to stop and think about itfor a few moments. A liar, however, will have a story already planned out if he/she is trying to
  4. 4. cover something up. Unless the person you are talking to has an exceptionally good memoryand always launches into stories this way, this should be a red flag.ExpressionsIf a person is lying about something that involves emotions, such as love, it should show onhis/her face. When a person fakes an emotion, it generally is only shown in the mouth. Forinstance, someone can smile with his/her mouth, but it wont go all the way to his/her eyes if it isinsincere.
  5. 5. Thou Doth Protest Too MuchLiars will often insist that they are telling the truth and often. They will say that they "swear"they are telling the truth or will start a statement with "to be perfectly honest." If you really aretelling the truth, you dont need to say all of these things. This is usually a sign of a guiltyconscience trying to hide something.
  6. 6. Extra DetailsA liar will often give extra details that arent really necessary. They think they are making theircase stronger, but in reality, the extra details just look fishy.For instance, if you ask your boyfriend whose phone number you found in his pocket when youwere doing laundry, he could just simply say it is something to do with work and leave it at that.But he might freak out and say something like, "I was at work, and Mike wanted me to help himout with a project he is working on, so he gave me the phone number to an advertising companyso I could call them for him," and on and on. If the phone number really was for work, you didntreally need to know all of those details.Now instead of having a solid story, he has guilty written all over him.Change in Tone of VoiceA liar will often unconsciously change his/her tone of voice when telling a lie, either higher orlower than normal.
  7. 7. Dilated PupilsWhen people lie, they get stressed; and when people get stressed, their pupils will often dilate.If the darks of her eyes get bigger, she might be pulling a fast one on you.
  8. 8. Creating ObstaclesLiars may subconsciously put objects between themselves and the person they are lying to.They may walk around to the other side of the table, try to speak to you from another room orsimply put their books or coffe cup between you on the table. This can also include their ownarms, as liars will often cross their arms over their chests.