If you pay attention to some behavioral clues, you can tell if another person is pulling your leg.Keep track of any strange body language and watch their eyes.There is no 100% way to catch someone lying, and a person’s behavior may have many causes.
Step 1: Someone is holding their body with unusual rigidity.
A person’s body is relaxed during an informal conversation.People perform hand gestures.It is more likely that they are lying if they show hands and use lots of hand language.It is possible that the person you are speaking to is lying to you.Some people shift when they are lying and feel uncomfortable.The person’s “fight or flight” response likely caused them to act nervous or hold their ground.
Step 2: Look to see if they move their head into a variety of positions.
The rule of thumb is that people are uncomfortable when they lie, and that this may translate into odd body language.If the person’s head stays in 1 position for at least 10 seconds at a time, watch it.The person may be lying if they move their head between different positions.If someone is lying to you, you may note that they cock their head to one side for a few seconds, then tilt it up to look at the ceiling, and then lean it down towards the ground.
Step 3: If someone is speaking to you, make sure they cover their mouth.
People cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.If you notice that someone is holding a hand over their mouth while they speak, there is a good chance that they are lying.A person’s reluctance to lie is the reason for this behavior.They are covering their mouth to avoid telling the whole truth.
Step 4: The speaker’s feet should be looked at to see if they shuffle or shift.
This is a sign of being dishonest.A person is less likely to stand with their feet firmly planted if they are lying to you.That is not to say that an honest person does not move their feet while speaking.You will have reason to suspect that someone is lying if you notice that they are shifting their feet every few seconds.Stand still and stop walking with someone you suspect of being dishonest.You can watch their feet if they do the same.
Step 5: If someone becomes aggressive and starts to point, note it.
When you question their story, a liar may double down on their defense.The person may point their finger at you accusatively and make aggressive hand gestures.If you question the truth of someone’s story and they loudly defend their innocence while pointing a finger at you, they’re likely lying.If the person you are talking to becomes agitated, starts to shout, or seems to be considering physical violence, it is best to stop the conversation.
Step 6: Everyone’s body language is different and situations can affect it.
People’s body language can be affected by culture, disability, and personal quirks.Get to know the person’s baseline before making hasty judgements.There are situations that may be affecting them.Some Eastern cultures don’t like eye contact.People may avoid it.People with certain disabilities may avoid eye contact in conversations.When paying attention to a person with special needs, they may stare into space.When they’re just doing what makes them comfortable, this may come across as dishonest.Cold weather, light that is too bright, something caught in the eye, uncomfortable clothing, and other situations may affect someone’s body language at the moment as they try to get comfortable.
Step 7: If they are breathing heavily, note their breathing.
Lying in a conversation can cause a liar to lose their breath.If you suspect someone of being dishonest, you should be able to tell how fast they are breathing.If you can’t hear their breath, look at their upper chest to see if it’s rising and falling fast.The liar may not be gasping for air.During a short conversation, you may notice that they pause to catch their breath three times.
Step 8: If the liar includes themself in a narrative, pay attention.
When an individual is telling a lie, they often remove themself from the narrative in order to make it sound as if they weren’t involved with the incident they’re lying about.The individual may bring up other people more than they talk about them.Say you are talking to a student who cheated on an exam.They may say, “My parents said I had to pass the test, and my friend Mike told me my scholarship could be at risk if I didn’t.”
Step 9: If they say certain words multiple times, listen to them.
Someone isn’t telling you the truth if they keep repeating it.If a person feels uncomfortable while spinning a lie, they may end up repeating it themselves.They may unconsciously repeat a phrase that clears them of guilt.Say that your neighbor rear-ended your car but doesn’t want to admit it.They may say, “Like I told you before, I didn’t get home until noon today, which was after someone hit your car.”
Step 10: They may give an excessive amount of information.
People try too hard to make their story believable when they are nervous about lying.If you notice that someone fills the conversation with too much information, they may be lying.Say that a baseball shattered your window.A lying teen would say that their ball sailed over your house and that they heard it hit your roof.
Step 11: There are signs of a dry mouth when a person is speaking to you.
People who lie will experience stress in their body.A dry mouth is one of the symptoms.The longer you talk to someone who is lying to you, the dryer their mouth will become.A slower rate of speech and large amounts of water are signs of a dry mouth.
Step 12: If someone keeps their eye contact.
When 2 people talk to each other, it is normal to hold eye contact for 5–10 seconds and then to look away for a while.You may have reason to suspect that someone is lying if they hold your gaze without blinking.Extra steps will be taken to convince you that they are telling the truth.A liar will try to prove their truth by holding eye contact for a long time.
Step 13: Microexpressions are quick twitches in a person’s face.
A microexpression is a psychological term used to describe a facial expression when a person is being dishonest.The liar may only last for a short time, so watch his face closely.The person can make 1 microexpression over and over.If someone is telling you a partially dishonest narrative, you may notice that their eyes twitch or that they lick their lips whenever they repeat a dishonest detail.
Step 14: If someone blinks less than usual, observe it.
You need to know how much someone blinks during a conversation in which they are telling the truth.If you suspect they are lying about something, watch their blinking.A liar blinks more or less than normal.You should note that your neighbor blinks 1 time every 10 seconds when you speak about the weather.You have reason to suspect that they are lying if you shift the topic of conversation to the large dent in the rear of your car and the start blinks every 2 seconds.