Ways to Identify a Terrible Liar
Do you have a very terrible liar around you? Spotting them ain’t that hard so far you know what to look out for. 7 of the things you should notice are explained below;
Your coworker shakes his noggin almost imperceptibly while telling you he didn’t steal your idea and pass it off to the boss as his own. He so did.
As people fib, split seconds of truth often flash across their face before their brain can retake control. Think: Mom’s fleeting grimace before she says she really, really likes your new apartment.
Near-constant hand gestures (like pointing, fidgeting, or face scratching) in someone who is usually relaxed can be a sign she’s not being honest.
Liars take longer to answer questions than truth tellers, and they may pause mid-sentence (making shit up takes time!).
Listen more than you speak.
Liars tend to speak more than truthful people in an attempt to sound legitimate and win over their audience. They will also use more complex sentences to hide the truth.Be wary of the following:
- Stress usually makes people speak faster.
- Stressed persons often talk louder.
- Cracking in the natural tone of voice usually occurs at the point of deception.
- Repetitive coughing and clearing the throat are signs of tension.
- This isn’t to say that a conversation partner who does one or more of the above is lying to you.
- But if you witness these actions, proceed with caution.
Pay attention to how they say “No.”
“No” is a key word to observe if you suspect someone is trying to mislead you.
A person is often demonstrating deceptive behavior when they:
- say “no” and look in a different direction;
- say “no” and close their eyes;
- say “no” after hesitating;
- say “noooooooo,” stretched over a long period of time;
- say “no” in a singsong manner.
Watch for changes in behavior.
A subtle change in a person’s deportment can be a strong sign of deception.
Be careful if a person:
- exhibits lapses in memory at critical times (despite being alert in earlier conversation);
- answers questions with very short answers, refusing to provide details;
- begins speaking more formally (this is a sign the person is getting stressed);
- uses extreme superlatives or exaggerated responses (everything is “awesome” or “brilliant” instead of good).