25 Ways To Tell If You're Being Lied To

Eye Contact

Eye Contact

Let's cover the pretty obvious one first. If someone is lying to you they will probably find it a bit difficult to maintain eye contact with you.

Then Again...

Then Again...

On the other hand, the person doing the lying might be conscious of that, given that it is a well known sign of lying, and so they will ensure they make eye contact. The only problem for the liar is that in this instance, they will make too much eye contact. You'll begin to think it's a bit weird and uncomfortable.



TMI

TMI

Often a liar will provide more information than might ordinarily seem necessary, as if to validate the lie.

The Shrug

The Shrug

If someone shrugs and their body language is symmetrical, you might assume that they are telling the truth. However, if their body is asymmetrical.....



Stutter

Stutter

Assuming that the liar doesn't suffer from a normal speech impediment, a stutter might indicate a lie. This is simply because of the difficulties involved in making something up on the spot.

Avoiding Contractions

Avoiding Contractions

I liar will tend to avoid the use of contractions. As in, "I did not steal the cookie from the cookie jar" as opposed to someone who really didn't take the cookie who would probably say, "I didn't steal the cookie from the cookie jar".



Smile Like You Mean It

Smile Like You Mean It

I liar's smile will be with their mouth but not with their eyes. You know when someone smiles and involuntarily gets the muscles of their whole face involved? That's impossible to replicate on purpose.

Turning Away

Turning Away

If somebody is telling a lie, they will often turn their body away from you because they are uncomfortable with their lie.



Voice Pitch

Voice Pitch

It could be fleeting and/or very subtle, but a small increase in the pitch of someone's voice may indicate that they are telling you an untruth.

Blinking

Blinking

A liar will blink less than normal while they are telling the lie and then blink far more frequently than they would normally, right after having told the lie.



Crossed Arms

Crossed Arms

If open arms is a sign of openness, then crossed arms must mean you're hiding something, right? Well, not always. Crossed arms isn't a sure fire way of knowing someone is lying, however, it is one part of the body language a liar will adopt.

Repeating Your Words

Repeating Your Words

If you were to ask someone, "Are you cheating on me?" and they respond with, "No, I am not cheating on you", well, that could be a sign that they are lying. Not only have they included the words "I am not" rather than "I'm not" (as we've already talked about) but they are repeating the words you use, as though they are trying to convince themselves of the lie at the same time as they are telling you.



Dilated Pupils

Dilated Pupils

A liar will often have dilated pupils.

Or they're high. Or both!

Giving Specifics

Giving Specifics

For much the same reason as a liar will repeat what you've said back to you in their lie, so too will they be quite specific in their "recounting" of events.



Pursed Lips

Pursed Lips

A liar will often have pursed lips.

Face Touching

Face Touching

When someone is telling you a lie, it is quite common for them to continually touch their face while they are talking.



Giving Irrelevant Details

Giving Irrelevant Details

A lot of the time a liar will give you details that you don't really need. They tend to get bogged down in irrelevant details because they're really not analyzing the situation properly as you might when your telling a logical, truthful story.

Contradicting Themselves

Contradicting Themselves

Of course, this one is pretty obvious, but it needs to be included; if someone changes their story there's a very good chance that they are making it up.



The Hedge

The Hedge

"From what I recall..." or "As far as I remember...", etc.... All that sort of stuff might suggest that the person is telling an untruth.

Out of Sync

Out of Sync

If somebody is telling you the truth then their gestures tend to compliment their words. The opposite is true for someone telling a lie.



Detail Over Importance

Detail Over Importance

It's been noted that people lying as they are delivering speeches will often give too much detail over things of little importance but then not expand on the important bits.

Physical Separation

Physical Separation

A liar will often subconsciously place physical objects between you and them.



By The Watch

By The Watch

While somebody who is telling you the truth will usually start with the major details and then paint around that, a liar will usually give you an exact chronological account of things that supposedly occurred.

Offensive vs Defensive

Offensive vs Defensive

I liar's words will tend to be defensive while someone telling the truth will be offensive.



Creating Distance

Creating Distance

The words a liar chooses will tend to distance them from what happened, as well as avoiding contractions, as we've already mentioned. For example, "I didn't take your wallet" would become, "I did not take the wallet".