ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Many awesome movies would never have happened without the power of the lie. Lies can get you into trouble - Pinocchio, Liar Liar - and even get you killed: in Shame the Devil, a serial killer murders anyone who lies. Take a look at how - with just a few simple pointers - can turn yourself into a human lie detector.

1. Start with the basics: Is the potential liar a person you know?

It's always easier to identify a liar if you are familiar with their everyday behavior. Once you're acquainted with a person's mannerisms, unusual tics or phrases will stand out more clearly.

Example: your brother says he didn't break your laptop, but now he's *tidying your room*?!


2. Check the obvious: How often does the subject blink?

During a lie, a person's blink rate speeds up from once every five seconds to once every two-three seconds.

Example: 'Of COURSE I want to see your holiday photos!' *blinkblinkblink*


3. Check the obvious pt. II: Monitor eye contact

Most people find it hard to make eye contact while lying. 'Shifty' eyes that move around a lot, or glance repeatedly to one side, are also a sign of a fib.

Example: Have you ever looked someone in the eyes while telling them their butt does not look big in that outfit?


4. Simple Body Language Check: Is the subject fidgeting?

Lying can send surplus adrenaline to facial capillaries - this can cause an itch, or a twitching a movement.

Example: furious face-rubbing while delivering the classic line, 'the dog ate my homework assignment.'


5. Nervous or guilty people go too fast: How fast is the subject talking?

Liars will usually either rush to answer questions or hesitate - if you're telling the truth, you don't have to really think about what you're saying!

Example: Iddin'tdrinkyourcokewhywouldidrinkyourcokei'vegotmyowncoke!


6. Are they too defensive: What is the subject's mood?

Remember: liars get ANGRY when they're caught out. A truthful person may get frustrated or upset, but liars will get aggressive a lot faster.

Example: 'I can't BELIEVE you think I'd borrow your shirt! I HATE that shirt! I hate you! God, I'm furious!'


7. Watch their language! Are they using the First Person Singular when they speak?

Liars will often avoid saying 'I did this', 'I went there' etc., as they want to distance themselves from their lie. Look for vaguer statements such as 'so, I guess this happened...'!

Example: 'So, the train was late, and it kind of got delayed and, really, everyone who was there was made late and it wasn't their fault.'


8. I'm being honest, honestly! How insistent is the subject on his/her honesty?

Liars will repeatedly assure you of their truthfulness. 'Honestly, seriously, I SWEAR'... Remember, if they protest too much...they're probably lying.

Example: 'I mega-super-triple-pinkie-swear I'm being 1000% honest. Honestly.'


9. Their nose won't grow, so be observant for subtle physical hints

Liars will often experience an increase in breathing rate, a rise in vocal pitch, and even a dilation of the pupils.

Example: your saucer-eyed, squeaky-voiced, hyperventilating hubby? He's lying.


10. Use your experience: Put yourself in their shoes

You've told a couple of lies yourself in the past, right? Imagine what YOU would say if you were lying, and what you'd say if you were telling the truth.

Example: 'Hmmm, if I'd drunk all of Dad's expensive whiskey, I'd be acting pretty shifty, too...'


11. Use your gut as well as your head: Be intuitive

So much of communication is non-verbal, and you may pick up on clues without really understanding why you feel that way. Unless you're a mega-paranoid person, if your gut tells you someone is lying...they probably are!

Example: 'He's cute and doesn't seem stressed...but there's something not right about this guy.'


Now you're a walking, talking polygraph the world is your oyster! Have you ever considered a career in law enforcement?

Sources: ehow, Mental Floss


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