Lies aren’t always spoken, they can be detected through many nonverbal clues. Sometimes reading body language can reveal a liar.
Reading body language helps you protect yourself from unscrupulous people and avoid unpleasant consequences of being lied to. Because unfortunately, liars are more common than you might think. Oh, who am I kidding, we all know there are many liars in the world, and you can’t just wait for them to open their mouth to speak.
Keep your eyes open, even your closest friend may be lying to you. All you need to know are key indicators and expressions. Here are 12 tips on how to detect lies by reading body language:
1. The head
2. The face
Pay attention to any repetitive touching of the face (nose, brows, and especially lips). A liar often covers their mouth with their hands or touches it with their fingers. It’s almost as if this person is trying to capture each lie that comes out of their mouth.
3. The hair
Combing or twisting the hair, as well as any other similar manipulations, speak of the tension, as well as fear of being revealed and leaving traces of doubt. Many people also adopt this habit as a subconscious way of calming themselves when guilt sets in.
4. Lips and nails
Pay attention to the biting of lips and nails – your interlocutor is going to lie to you again. They’re just getting their story together beforehand and fidgeting during the process.
5. Overall appearance
Liars tend to continuously smooth their clothes. It can be a shirt collar, cuffs or shoelaces, any of these things are telltale clues to an upcoming lie or covering a lie. You will also catch them going to the mirror several times during the evening and looking closely at their reflection.
If anyone you know is constantly touching surrounding objects, he or she is likely to be lying or will lie to you. Often the person will twist something in their hands, such as a box, and look into it, open and close it a countless number of times too.
When there is an unnatural smile on one’s face, as well as any uncharacteristic emotion, this can betray dishonesty. Often such a manifestation of emotion is more like a grimace and immediately catches the eye.
8. Arms and Legs
Crossing arms and legs is a common closed position, which means not only a reluctance to open up but also a possible lying situation. Pay close attention to anyone who seems uptight for no reason.
9. Lack of eye contact
A liar usually looks aside or closes their eyes, trying to avoid looking into the eyes of their interlocutor. If he or she tries to disguise their lies and to seem more sincere, he or she suddenly begins staring into your eyes, without looking away for a second. This is a sort of demonstrative gesture saying: “Look into my eyes, I’m honest!”
The movements and expressions of a liar often do not agree with each other. For example, when responding negatively, he or she nods in a positive way.
If the first reaction of the person to your words does not match the answer, he or she could be deceiving you. The first emotion reflects their real attitude.
12. Combination of movements
If you notice someone bending and twisting their arms and wrists, nervous fingers or foot tapping, along with the knees shaking, this person could be a liar. When you are familiar with reading body language, you know that this is a direct indicator of a lie.
If anyone you know is displaying any of these traits, then he or she could quite possibly be a liar. This person has become aware that he or she can no longer hide their dishonesty, and their body language gives them away. Be careful and take the position of the observer, then you can see a lot of interesting external manifestations betraying this person’s dishonesty.
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