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How to Tell if Someone Is Lying, According to Experts

By: April Carson

Body language is another key indicator that someone may not be telling the truth. Liars often use excessive gestures and will avoid direct eye contact. They might also fidget more than usual or display a rigid posture. Additionally, if their story suddenly changes, this could be a sign they are not being honest. It’s important to note that all of these behaviors can be caused by anxiety, so try to consider the context when interpreting body language.

People have been lying since the beginning of time, but only recently has research gone into finding out how often people actually lie. A poll from Reader's Digest in 2004 showed that as many as 96% of people confess to sometimes bending the truth.

In 2009, a study including 1,000 adults from the U.S. was published with some interesting results - 60% of those polled said they never lie. The researchers found that 5% of people surveyed were responsible for half the lies told. This suggests that there is a small group of people who are 'prolific liars', as prevalence rates vary considerably.

The reality is that most people probably lie from time to time. Some of these lies are "little white lies" told to avoid hurting someone's feelings, while others are more serious lies. It is not always easy to tell if someone is lying, but there are some common behavior patterns exhibited by those who lie that may help in detecting deception.

Experts suggest paying attention to body language, including facial expressions and gestures. People who are telling lies often avert their gaze, or have an overly strong gaze. Micro-expressions such as smiles that disappear quickly can also be important clues. Verbal cues such as pauses, changes in pitch and rate of speech, and word choice are also potential indicators of deception. Finally, people who lie often become more defensive and are more likely to respond with counter questions when asked about the lie.

It is important to note that these behaviors do not necessarily indicate lying; they are simply potential signs that further investigation may be warranted. Ultimately, it can be difficult to know if someone is being truthful or trying to deceive you.

However, by recognizing and responding appropriately to patterns in behavior, you may be better able to identify if someone is lying. If you think that someone may be trying to deceive you, it’s important to remain calm and consider your response carefully before taking any action. Additionally, it is wise to collect as much evidence as possible to support any suspicions of deceit. By using these tips, you can become more aware of the signs of lying and take steps to protect yourself in potentially deceptive situations.

Dr. David J. Lieberman is a psychotherapist that specializes in teaching law-enforcement agents how to detect lies by reading human behavior. Dr. Lieberman uses research-backed methods to read people's words and actions. For the past quarter century, he has trained members of the FBI, CIA, and other security agencies in how to detect deception.

In a recent interview with the Write About Now Podcast, Dr. Lieberman shared some key points to watch out for when it comes to deceit and manipulation. He stated that there are three primary signs of deception to look out for: incongruence, discomfort, and deflection.

Incongruence is the term used to describe when someone's words and actions are not aligned. A liar may say one thing, but their body language or tone of voice will suggest something different. Paying attention to this discrepancy can be a key indicator that someone isn't telling the truth.

Discomfort is another sign that something is not quite right. People may display signs of nervousness when lying, including blushing, excessive blinking, or fidgeting.

Lastly, deflection is a common technique used by liars to distract from the truth. If someone tries to change the topic or deflect blame onto someone else it might suggest that they are trying to hide something.

Dr. Lieberman advises that if something feels off or suspicious, the best way to get at the truth is to ask open-ended questions. If someone is lying they are likely to be evasive in their answers and become defensive when pressed on a particular topic. It's important to remember that everyone lies from time to time, but it's equally important not to jump to conclusions without further evidence.

Signs of Lying

Some potential signs that people might be lying include:

  • Vagueness; lack of clarity

  • Repeating questions before answering them

  • Speaking in sentence fragments

  • Failing to provide specific details when a story is challenged

  • Grooming behaviors such as playing with hair or pressing fingers to lips

  • Avoiding direct eye contact

  • Shifting body language and posture

  • Increased blushing or sweating

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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on

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