How To Tell When Someone Is Lying

There are subtle things liars do that give them away. You just need to know how to spot them.

By Camille Lamb

How To Tell If You're Being Lied To

Everybody lies. But since you can’t have the dudes at Maury to give every person that sets off your bullsh*t detector a polygraph, we asked body-language expert Patti Wood to help us spot hidden clues that serve as red flags. That way you’ll know if what you’re being told is a lie, or if you’re just a paranoid wacko with trust issues.

If your Spidey Sense starts tingling, don’t ignore it. “Your central nervous system acts like a human lie detector,” Woods explains. “So when you think someone is lying to you, it reacts with a stress response.” A stress response — otherwise known as a “fight-or-flight response” — means you’ll either be all “wtf?” and confront the person, or get the hell out of there and go play Skyrim until you forget about the whole thing.

Your inborn bullsh!t detector resides in the limbic system of your brain, which is also responsible for, among other things, emotional behavior. Problem is, it’s not always on target. It works better with people you know because you already have an idea of how they act when they’re not lying. When you have a feeling a stranger is fibbing, things are a little more up in the air. Still, you probably shouldn’t get in the guy’s van.

TAGS: body language, lying, tell a lie


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Pramod Bajpai (Fri, 23 Mar 2012 02:23:46 +0000): You learn how to earn money but you never learn how to live --- a basic foundation remains untouched. This is a glory as Existence thinks you are able to create your own blueprint and Existence leaves you free! A Buddha & Jesus are alive --- not simply existing. You can be free only if you are Responsible and that responsibility is to choose rightly!
Winda Clay (Fri, 23 Mar 2012 05:45:38 +0000): Honesty is very expensive. Once people are lying, then it will give birth to a thousand lies to cover up the lie that first. Because in fact, conscience cannot be lied to. It was always seeking the truth and neither do you want to accept the lies. The lies will only cause heart restless and agitated.
(Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:24:36 +0000): Not necessarily - if someone has experienced trauma, and/or has brain damage or a disorder, then s/he will naturally struggle to verbally communicate so that describing what happened sounds coherent and clear.
(Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:29:31 +0000): Again, people who have physical difficulty in communication or have a history of being ignored will express a legitimate response (anger) at being once again, dismissed. It happens frequently, for example, especially for women, in a world that does not understand or respect female biology and then those female patients end up with a more severe medical condition, or their reports of being attacked are ignored and the attackers continue to commit crimes.
(Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:31:42 +0000): What? Only two examples? And this article is written by a female? I have to wonder what her age is, and what are her citations, particularly from a behavioralist or psychological perspective.
Frank Murphy (Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:14:23 +0000): Wow! Read the article then watched Obama on TV, boy is this guy accurate!
Cyndy Lou (Thu, 17 May 2012 13:18:35 +0000): When someone tells u something then when u ask again at another time...the story changes. That would be a dead giveaway of untruthfulness.
James Edwards (Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:38:49 +0000): I have noticed from being in sales and dealing with people and lying on a daily basis that when the subject "overexplains" (usually gives more detail in a story or explanation than usual) its all a rouse and buyer beware!


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