How to look for signs of lying
Lying is a very difficult process for the human body, making most of us rather bad liars. First comes the true response, which must be suppressed, and the lie response created for the performance This can cause stress, and guilt prompted by the lie will add to this stress
It's important to note, though, that not everyone gets stressed when they lie because not everyone feels that sense of guilt A "good" liar is often someone who lies regularly and/or believes it is right to tell lies . But the following are some ways in which you could catch a liar: I Their breathing becomes more frequent and shallower. This can be visible, as you could start to see their chest begin to heave; or vocal, you can hear breath-lessness in their voice I An adrenalin burst can cause lip licking and dry mouth. Lip licking can take several forms The funniest is the tongue-poke, which is when the tongue emerges from the middle of the lips, which can be a signal of rejection or disgust, like a baby rejecting food Licking the side of the mouth can mean enjoyment, though, or even flirting I Exaggerated swallowing. This is caused by tension in the neck muscles causing throat restriction Like breathing, you might either see this occur or hear the frequent pauses as they fight to swallow. I Excessive fidgeting. We all fidget, but we're not always telling lies Fidgeting can mean the sympathetic nervous system has kicked in, though, promoting a desire to fight or flight Suppressing this desire can lead to twitchy movements I Scratching, especially the back of the head . This contact creates a small feeling of relief and comfort
I Often eye contact drops at the moment of lie. Liars may feel that their eyes give away too much information This small cutoff signal can show the moment when the pressure becomes too great I Too much eye contact that appears performed. Or they might be aware that looking away appears dishonest and try to opt for prolonged bouts of staring
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