Can you tell if someone is telling the truth? Research suggests as many as 200 untruths are told daily and so can you tell untruths from the truth? There are said to be some tell tale signs of untruth observers can determine from the body language. Thesedirectly noticed if alert or watching carefully. Everyone tells occasional fib to save someone’s feelings or cover up a mistake. Research suggests 200 lies a day are told from the blushing to babbling, expert opinion on telltale giveaways stretching the truth. But these standard measurement can be controversial unfairly used to misjudge those not trained to control their body movements and positions. Although an element of truth is contained in features described under scrutiny clumsy people unconsciously display them with telling lies. Such yardsticks of measurements can be biased against innocent people unaware of conditioned body language.
1. Skin tone Blushing
“Blushing can be a sign, but not always, as some people go red at the thought of being put under scrutiny. Look out for an absence of colour,” says deception expert Darren Stanton. “The blood gets pumped to other parts of the body when under stress, so lips noticeably change and become paler or look thinner.”
2. Posture of Body Language
Liars try to shield themselves. You’ll notice someone fold their arms, flick their hair, or put their hands to their face to create a barrier. “Watch their physical distance too, they may end up at right angles to you or subconsciously move away,” advises Darren.
3. Anchor points
Looking for for telltale signs described includes jiggling leg, tapping fingers, or just looking down at their feet. When someone lies, one of their feet may turn and point in another direction – it’s their wish to escape from the situation.
4. Pitch or Tone of Voice
Does voice go squeaky or unnaturally deep? Insurance companies use Voice Risk Analysis software to spot people who might be giving false information. It measures voice changes difficult to distinguish with the naked ear, then the recorded conversation is put through to their fraud investigation department.
5. Avoiding the question
Private investigator Dan Ribacoff says question avoiders are guilty people who believe not directly telling falsehoods is a better route. Asking a lover “did you cheat on me?” could glean the answer, “Why would I do that? I have you!” Is not really a direct answer.
6. They talk about telling truth to check if you are told the truth. And so Ribacoff suggests a massive warning klaxon goes off in your head if someone uses word “honestly” often. It can be subconscious but if they chuck it in there, doubt them as well as “the truth is.” If a frustrated person falsely accused wants to defend their reputation they use these words.
7. Giving too much detail
When someone gives unnecessary and odd information the bank was closed, there were geese on the line, that sort of thing. They overcompensate and add in false elements to make you ‘buy the lie’.
8. Expressions of Faces
A sign of micro-facial expression lasting one-fifth of a second. The face has 43 muscles which combine to create 10,000 possible expressions. Faking an emotion is hard and often gives a liar away. Cliff Lansley, a body language expert at the Emotional Intelligence Academy, says: “If someone poses sadness they bring their brows down and jut out bottom lip fake sadness, it’s the face a child pulls.”
9. Odd unusual language
If they refer to someone as him or her rather than using a name, they might be trying to distance themself as Linguistic expert Prof Dawn Archer, Manchester Metropolitan University said. Someone who is being truthful will sound more off-the-cuff.”
10. Slowing it down
How we speak is revealing. Liars speak slowly and briefly than people telling truth, as lying requires more thought. People who don’t want you to know the true story are adept at ‘um,’ “you know” and “excuse me.” It’s a sign that they’re playing for valuable seconds until they can come up with the best lie to get you to fall for it. While liars can rehearse their story thoroughly, an unexpected question or trying to recall details out of sequence can throw them.
Former FBI Special Agent Jack Schafer points out the how the use of ‘well’ in response to a ‘yes or no’ question can be an indicator of deception. He told The Muse: “When person answering a direct question begins with ‘well’ it indicates he or she is about to give answer he or she knows questioner is not expecting.”
Does Lies Affect Health?
“Yes,” says deception expert Darren Stanton. As well as gestures or ‘tells’ there are physiological symptoms, like changes in breathing, heartbeat and temperature. Even a practised liar’s body is likely to go into fight-or-flight mode, increasing adrenaline building up stress. Regular stress causes high blood pressure, anxiety, excessive sweating and palpitations. “Think of it like digging one hole,” he says. “When you’ve metaphorically got all the earth from that hole, where do you put it? “So you dig another hole, and before you know it you’ve got 14 or 15 holes and you can’t keep up, you tend to unravel.”