How To Spot a Liar: Knowing When Someone Is Lying To You.

Although working relationships ought to be built on trust. But sometimes, people will tell lies in order to have their way or get what they want. Researchers have found out that when people lies, their nose actually heats up. Using thermographic cameras, psychiatrists at the university of Granada in Spain were able to detect an increased temperature in the nose, and the region around the eyes of people who are telling lies. However, this may not be very practical, and you may obviously not have a thermographic camera, or be able to ask someone if you can place your hand over their nose before asking them a question, in order detect the veracity of their answer. However, there are some common body language cues that often indicates that someone may not be telling the truth. Researchers at Harvard university have also discovered that there are also linguistic clues in the way people answers questions that can be warning signs of dishonesty.

– Body Language Display- Watch out for the facial touching: People who are uncomfortable being dishonest, always tends to cover their mouth or touch their nose when they are telling a lie. This could be an attempt to hide their micro-facial expression or perhaps due to the sudden heat rush, discovered by the study at university of Granada.

– Carefully observe what they do with their eyes: While breaking eye contact in itself is not a clear indication of lying. People who lies, often tends to look away in order to concentrate or remember details. If there’s a distinct change in a person’s eye movements, rapid blinking, looking up and down for long periods while speaking, it can indicate dishonesty. And if they suddenly becomes hyper-focused on starring you in the eyes, it could also be an attempt to counter-act the looking away factor, in order to convince you of the lie.

– People who are lying often fidgets: Fidgeting is usually caused by discomfort or nervousness. Both of which are symptoms of someone worried that they’ll be caught for being dishonest. If you’re nervous, remember to keep your fidgeting in check, which is worse than simply implying a lack of confidence.

The Harvard Study of Linguistic Indicators of Dishonesty: This research was conducted on people involved in negotiating business, where trust was highly required and money was on the line. Below were the interesting findings;

– People who are lying tends to make use of a lot more words than people who are actually speaking the truth. Probably, because they feel the need to convince their listener to believe what they’re saying, rather than just saying it in a simple way. Researchers also called this the, “Pinocchio’s effect” as similar to the Pinocchio’s nose, where the length of the sentence grows along with the lie.

– People who told lies of omission, that is, leaving out relevant information rather than the outright lying, actually went the opposite, of using shorter sentences and fewer words than those saying the truth.

– People who told outright lies were believed more often than those who attempted to conceal part of the truth.(Therefore, if you really need to conceal the truth, you’re more likely to get away with making something up, than with attempting to avoid the subject.)

– Liars also swear more often than people who are actually saying the truth.

-Liars uses far more third-persons pronouns like;(“him, her, it, one, they, their rather than, “I”) than people who are saying the truth or lying by omission. Similarly, they also use much more complex sentences and grammatical structures. Researchers, says it is an attempt to distance themselves from the dishonesty at the heart of what they are saying.


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