Seven Common Signs of Lying...
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Seven Common Signs of Lying
No eye contact. Generally, if someone is lying
they will not look you in the eye, at least during a certain
part of the conversation. Normally, people make eye contact
for at least half of a conversation, so anything less
than this could be suspicious. One caveat: there are some
people who will take great pains to make eye contact with
you even if they're lying, simply to make you think they're
Change in voice. A change in the pitch of a person's
tone, or a lot of stammering (umm, ah), or throat clearing
could indicate a lie.
Unusual body language. If a person taps their
foot a lot, fidgets with their hands, raises their shoulders,
turns away from you or brings their hand to their face
(to touch their chin or nose, etc.) -- in other words,
if they act nervous or uncomfortable -- it could mean
they're telling a lie. Also watch out for blushing (or
becoming pale) and increased blinking.
Something sounds fishy. Making statements that
contradict each other, are inconsistent or don't sound
quite right are usually part of a lie.
Overly defensive. Sometimes when a person is
lying they will become extremely defensive, refusing to
answer any questions and even accusing you of lying. This
may mean they have something to hide.
Changes subject easily. If someone is lying and
you change the subject, chances are high that they'll
go right along with it. A person telling the truth, however,
will likely ask why you changed the subject and want to
go back to it.
Humor or sarcasm. A guilty person will often
try to change the subject using humor or sarcasm.
You don't need a lie detector test to find out if
Of course, no one behavior can tell for sure whether or not
someone is telling the truth or lying. While you should trust
your instinct, if you're not sure it's best to try to get
some evidence to back up your accusation. Rather than relying
on a specific behavior, catching a liar in the act is best
done by watching their normal behaviors. When those behaviors
suddenly change, that's when a lie has likely been told.
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