The words people commonly use and how they speak can also indicate when they are being less than honest. There are a few telltale phrases that signal someone might be lying.
1.Overemphasizing their trustworthiness: “To be honest.”
“To tell you the truth”
“Let me be clear”
“The fact is”
2. Stalling Tactics: “Did I Do It? Of Course Not!”
Skipping contractions: “I did not do it.”
3.Making Sweeping Statements: “I Would Never” Or “I Always.”
4.Hedging Their Statements: “As Far As I Recall.”
They’ll say things like:
“As far as I recall”
“If you really think about it”
“What I remember is”
“The way I see it”
5.They Avoid “I” Statements.
Dodging a direct answer: “Do you really think I would do such a thing?”
Going into defensive mode: “How can you doubt me?”
6.Deflecting And Evading: “Don’T You Have Something Better To Do?”
Listen for phrases like:
“Why do you want to know that?”
“That’s not important”
“Don’t you have something better to do?”
“What are you talking about?”
How To Detect A Lie In 10 Ways
- Step 1: Watch their hands Watch the suspected liar’s hands. Body language studies show that people tend to touch their face and scratch their nose when they lie.
- Step 2: Follow their eyes Follow their eyes. Liars tend to blink a lot and don’t maintain eye contact.
- Step 3: Note their words Note their words. A liar will skip contractions–saying ‘I did not’ instead of ‘I didn’t’–and avoid pronouns, using someone’s full name instead of ‘he’ or ‘she.’
- Step 4: Check their smile Check their smile. People who are telling the truth use many facial muscles, but liars smile with just their mouth.
- Step 5: Note their posture Notice their posture. Liars tend to keep their body posture closed (by folding their arms, for example). They may also unconsciously put an object between you, like a cup of coffee.
- Step 6: Pause before responding Pause momentarily before responding; if the silence makes them uncomfortable, they may be lying.
- Step 7: Note the details Pay attention to details. If they provide more information than necessary, that’s a bad sign. People tend to be overly specific when they’re making something up.
- Step 8: Change the subject Change the subject. If they seem relieved, that’s probably a red flag that they’ve been lying straight to your face!
- Step 9: Teach your liar a lesson What you do from here is up to you. It may be smart to file your knowledge away for future use. However, if you’re noticing a trend, it might just be time to teach your liar a lesson.
- FACT: In a recent poll, 91% of Americans reported lying on a regular basis.
You Will Need
- A good ear
- Good eyes
- A healthy skepticism
How To Tell If Someone Is Lying Through Text
- Being Purposefully Vague. …
- Spotting a Lie in Text. …
- Overly Complicating Things. …
- Avoiding Certain Questions. …
- Going Out of Their Way to Proclaim Honesty. …
- Their Wording is “Off” …
- They Hit You With a “G2G” or a “BBL” …
- Trust Your Intuition.