Most people feel it when someone is lying to them in the face, but how can you be certain?
Unfortunately, we trust very little our intuition, especially because it is not quantifiable and it is easily debatable. We must equip more.
Here are some tips to help you detect deception:
- The stature: although nervous tics and restlessness are associated with lies, beware of people who do not move at all and that seem to have tense muscles. It’s a sign that speaks volumes.
- The cover: The gesture of covering the mouth or a vulnerable body parts (head, neck, abdomen, etc.) is a protective gesture and may indicate a lie.
- The overcompensation: Liars often compensate by providing too much information to try to convince you that their story is true.
- The blink: The lie can easily be detected here. Liars hardly blink. And contrary to what one might think, many do not look away either.
- The defensiveness: The person may become aggressive, point fingers and start “barking” because they have been discovered.
Of course, science goes much further than that: there’s dilated pupils, breathing and tone of voice, as well as several microgestures and expressions to consider. In addition, any of these signs alone doesn’t necessarily indicate a lie. It takes an agglomeration of these to have a correct picture of the situation. Above all, one must have a basic understanding of how the person in question normally acts in social situations. However, after analyzing these points, you will have more chances of spotting a liar and it will help you get to the bottom of suspicious situations.
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