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Monday, October 16, 2006

How to Detect Lies: Body Language, Speech Patterns, and Gestures

Blifaloo has compiled an extensive list of tells that liars give off including body language, emotional gestures, and verbal content. While these tells aren't completely reliable, a combination of them might indicate someone is lying. Some of my favorites:
• The guilty person may speak more than natural, adding unnecessary details to convince you... they are not comfortable with silence or pauses in the conversation.

• If you believe someone is lying, then change subject of a conversation quickly, a liar follows along willingly and becomes more relaxed. The guilty wants the subject changed; an innocent person may be confused by the sudden change in topics and will want to back to the previous subject.

• Expressions are limited to mouth movements when someone is faking emotions (like happy, surprised, sad, awe, )instead of the whole face. For example; when someone smiles naturally their whole face is involved: jaw/cheek movement, eyes and forehead push down, etc.

• Hands touching their face, throat & mouth. Touching or scratching the nose or behind their ear. Not likely to touch his chest/heart with an open hand.

How to Detect Lies

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