Thursday, November 10, 2005

How To Tell If Someone Is Lying:

There are nine basic signs that liars exhibit. Not all of these signs may be witnessed, and not all mean that they are lying. They are just guidelines as to the body language that many liars display.

1) A change in the tone and pitch of the person's voice.
2) An increased or decreased rate of speech.
3) Stumbling over sentences, stopping to think during a sentence, increased use of 'um' and 'uh'.
4) A change in the amount of eye contact. Normal people make eye contact between one-fourth and one-half of the time that they are talking to you. Liars tend to make less eye contact.
5) Turning their shoulders away.
6) Looking very far to the left, right, up or down more than twice.
7) Touching their face or scratching their head.
8) Involuntary moving, jiggling, scratching, or other fidgeting of the legs or feat.
9) Crossing of the arms and/or legs.

85 comments:

Anonymous said...

teach me how to be as cool as you...that should be your next post. I want your life...you fuck

Anonymous said...

If you didn't allready know that you are the bottom of your social ladder...have fun.

Anonymous said...

even the CIA and secret service have been shown to only be able to detect liars like 56% of the time. 6% better than chance. so this guide is pretty much BS

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

uh yeh you forgot one of the biggest ways to spot if someone is lying, if they look downwards with their eyes that is usually a dead-giveaway

Anonymous said...

"even the CIA and secret service have been shown to only be able to detect liars like 56% of the time. 6% better than chance. so this guide is pretty much BS"

Yeah but the people that the CIA and secret service interrogate are serious criminals who practice to make sure they get their stories and act straight. This guide is great for the every-day-liar.

Anonymous said...

You know, some people have communication disorders that make it very hard to stay focused or calm when speaking. Stuttering, cluttering, or ADHD make it very problematic to hold a conversation at times.

If you assume everyone is lying to you, you have an issue with trust, which is no one else's fault but your own.

Cidsa said...

This doesn't always work because some people do these things anyway. For example, I have a hard time keeping eye contact, lying or not lying.

Anonymous said...

Looking down can be a sign of submission, the result of a guilty conscience. It can also be a meditated way of understanding the gravity of the disagreement, and for the sake of speaking directly and to the point, looking away to maximize concentration. Use your own discretion.
Policemen use a general rule of thumb that if you look up and to the left, you are generally lying. This is not always true, in which case they ask questions that require creative thought to see which way they look. This is your "lie" side. Obviously a somewhat presence of dominance is required via hard eye contact to ensure eye direction does occur. On a side note, down and to the left is considered to be accessing more emotional thoughts, or just being emotional.
Freud taught that a person usually has a reflex when they lie as a child, and that is to cover their mouth with their hand. Its a subconscious way of "inhaling" the too soon spoken "bad word"...as if to take it back. As adults we have a modified form of this, its called touching our faces, predominantly the mouth. You can look for which direction their feet are pointed if they are standing, away from you is not to confront you. Also how they distribute their weight is taken into account. If its leaned onto the back foot, and stance is changed every few moments, that is another indicator. Yes shoulder position is a strong indication of where interest lies. And if they are lying, some part of them wants not to confront you. Head tilt is another way of determining where ones's attention rests. Obviously wherever it's tilted...you get it. Frequent blinking, pupil dilation(this is difficult), and rapid eye repositioning, frequent yawning, scratching the same place repeatedly(such as nose) are other indicators as well. Im going to stop before I get recruited as a profiler.

Anonymous said...

like 56% of the time? or 56% of the time? You can invent you own statistics if you like, and they may serve you well, but your speaking from ignorance. Between profiling, polygraph, behavioral specialists, social psychologists, biological data and REAL statistics....you can read a person like a book. Or it could be bs. your call.

Anonymous said...

ok i say uh and yeah a LOT inn everyday speaking and i have a hard time having eye contact also another sign is picking at clothes

Anonymous said...

Saying that whenever people do that they are lying is complete BS

MAny people I know have most of those problems, as well as myself. Due to communication disorders. You'd be well advised to stop making generalizations.

Anonymous said...

Wise up. Of course people do all these things when they are not lying. That's not the point. However, when a person is lying these are some common things that are involved. They are clues that someone might be lying.

Just like chest pain is a clue you might be having a heart attack. The clues tell you to pay attention and dig a little deeper.

poolman09 said...

guys common its still pretty usefull for just every day lairs

Anonymous said...

I think it's BS. ppl can hav problems that can alter their ability to stay focused, keep eye contact, have a firm voice, etc.
Like stuttering, ADD, ADHD, Stuff like that

Dan L. said...

You People are starting to piss me off leave the fucking dude alone, your such egotistical pricks, shut the fuck up. Your ALL pissing me off... This guy is great, so what if he makes a mistake, his flamethrower works, I like his Ninja Mask ( I fucked around wit my friends like that with the flamethrower) The CD thing was cool, some band made a song i didn't like so I bought 10 of their CD's and destroyed them, also another way to destroy a CD is to simply put soap on it, then put bleach. If it still works, you can, just, put some lighter fluid on it and some kerosene, and give it a few squirts with ur flamethrower (make shure you have wood and stuff next to it, it'll be funny) so ya, leave him the fuck alone, he's cool. It's for a GENERAL person, ADHD isn't in GENERAL people, GENERAL people don't Studder, and such, I studder so what, it still works... The CIA statistics were bullshit too, the CIA gets criminals 30% of the time, because the American government is completely fucked up. Take Bush for example, over in Iraq hes building 3 i think, 3 million dollar power plants, he's pretty much building the Iraqies some Golden bombing targets...Why waste money over there. In America today theres still people starving to death, homeless people, why waste money over there, I say, "Hey you wanna bomb the US we'll bomb you back" I think we should just "level" Iraq, but I'm getting so off topic, I'm a HUGE talker, anyways, the point is, leave him alone he's a cool kid.

love,
Dan =D

Anonymous said...

well if you do stutter and blink and shitft around and what not, Ur all liars. See? it works!

Wilmer Valderrama said...

Dan L., u talk tooo much u motherfuckin asswipe.

Anonymous said...

One surefire way to catch someone in a lie is to ask them to describe the situation that you think they are lying about. If their eyes look up and to the right, they are telling the truth. Reason: This is an INVOLUNTARY reaction of the eyes when a person is accessing the part of their brain that controls their memory and visual recall. If their eyes look up and to the left, they are lying. Reason: This is also an involuntary reaction of the eyes when a person is accessing the part of the brain that controls creativity. This method is 99% foolproof. Only trained professionals can get away with lying when this method is used. Try it on someone...But be sure not to let them in on what you are doing or it won't work. Another reliable method uses the dilation and contraction of the pupils but I don't have the 3 hours it would take to explain how to use this method or how it works

Anonymous said...

WARNING: BULL-SHIT DETECTED

Anonymous said...

that is so stupid

Ampere said...

"The CIA statistics were bullshit too, the CIA gets criminals 30% of the time, because the American government is completely fucked up."

Kind of funny, considering fighting crime is the FBI's juristiction and not that of the CIA, which is a foreign intelligence gathering service.

Pain said...

RE the quote:
"Saying that whenever people do that they are lying is complete BS
MAny people I know have most of those problems, as well as myself. Due to communication disorders. You'd be well advised to stop making generalizations."

Yes, it's quite obvious from your grammer, lack of sentence structure, and punctuation that a communication disorder exists. Don't take it out on the blogger! Did you bother to read the beginning of the post? I'll quote it for you.

"Not all of these signs may be witnessed, and not all mean that they are lying. They are just guidelines as to the body language that many liars display."

Did you see the words, "not all" and "guidlines" anywhere? I did. It was neat! Real words with meanings and everything! The gist of the post was that the items listed will be exibited more than usual or less than usual for that particular person when they are lying. Understand? Don't get your panties in a twist because you didn't understand. Pick up a book and learn something. Do something useful that is actually GOOD for people. Or slit your throat while jumping off a cliff strapped with explosives after drinking poison. I don't care which. Ta ta.

PS: for a definition of any confusing or misunderstood words please consult your local dictionary.

Pain said...

By the way; the things I said also apply to most of the "friendly" folks that felt it necessary to trash our helpful blogger. Particularly the part about jumping off a cliff...

Anonymous said...

This is just susposed to be a guide, no the everyday person can't be completly sure that someone is lying, but these are a few good indications. No, the person who shows some of these signs may mot be lying but I've looked for these before on people that I know usually lie and, for the most part, this guide is right.

Anonymous said...

You obviously know nothing about NLP. Some people move their eyes when they lie, and others will look straight into yours.

An easy way to tell a pattern if a person is lying is to ask them 5 simple questions while you look into their eyes. Ask them to deliberatly lie about one of the questions. You will notice a different pattern in eye movement when they lie.

Its a good way to entertain friends, and know when they're lying to you at the same time.

=D

Anonymous said...

another way is if they look down then left they are lying

Anonymous said...

i actually do most of these when im talking to people just cuase im hyper and cuase people always look weird when you look them in the eyes but when i lie i always stare people straight in the eyes and stand still. so it really depends what the persons like if you know the person its really easy but if its just some person on the street you dont have a chance.

intel.ectual said...

Also, they will use first person references (i.e., "I"), a lot more.

Anonymous said...

I am in a position where I need to know if someone is lying to me. So I stumbled on this website. I read some of these comments and I must say that a majority of them solidify my belief that people in general are idiots. Not to mention ignorant and down right scary. Anyway, I found your information useful and proved that this person was indeed lying. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

not everyone looks down or whatever when theyre lying... like whenever i lie or daydream i tend to look at the person's nose and ya...

Anonymous said...

wen i lie i smile :(

E-master said...

you guys dont have to be such assholes aginst the guys they didnt even have to put up this site they are asuming that most people dont have these problems and most dont plus if they arnt acting casual theres a dead give away. (dumb asses) if there is only 62% of the time wat is the other 38%???? you didnt thnik of that did you!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'd be wiser to make generalizations. Its not a science of "if this then this"; its an art. Just because I make a statement doesn't mean I think its true under any condition. Take it easy smartass(s). Use common sense. The mere prescence of these things may mean nothing, but an exaggeration of one of them might mean something.

Take Care,
-Ass.

Anonymous said...

I think many of you that are so quick to disbelive the truth in this are actually just afraid it is and thus don't want others to belive it either.

Nothing can ever be completely acurate all the time, but in general these are proven signs of increased mental stress and creativity, if your recalling something from memory you have no reason to be creating anything now do you.

Yes, there are other factors that in rare cases can give false postives, but more often than not what is listed above is spot on, take it from experence.

Anonymous said...

actually, it depends on what kind of memory you are accessing, episodic memory tends to change over time even if the person believes they are quoting it from the images in their mind, there is a slow loss of detail that is often made up for by schematic thinking and generalizing... implicit and procedural memory tend to be the only kinds not affected by this type of degradation.

Anonymous said...

oh come on! noone lies! are you kidding! they would just tell you if they were lying! ...~ooozing with sarcasm~... it's just like pregnancy you can have some or all of the symptoms, or the symptoms may mean something else. Hey I know, the "test" is the ultimate way to know.... but really....who can afford a lie detector test... pregnancy tests are much cheaper. toodle loo

Anonymous said...

wow, you made a list to show how you can tell if someone is nervous or socially inept. good on ya.

Anonymous said...

One major issue with a list like this is that anyone who reads said list can get around it.

Justin said...

he said they were basic signs.. it's better than nothing.. yeah its not gonna work on 100% of the people.. and people can intentionally do them or not do them to throw a trained professional off. he was just saying the basic body languages naturally given when the average person lies. if you don't like it don't get mad.. hes not saying all people who do this are liars

Anonymous said...

uh yeh you forgot one of the biggest ways to spot if someone is lying, if they look downwards with their eyes that is usually a dead-giveaway


4)A change in the amount of eye contact. Normal people make eye contact between one-fourth and one-half of the time that they are talking to you. Liars tend to make less eye contact.

YEAH, WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO YOU, DUMBASS?

Anonymous said...

u have no life bsides this loser

Anonymous said...

it's a lie.

just kidding

Anonymous said...

HEY, the one I quoted "One surefire way to catch someone in a lie is to ask them to describe the situation that you think they are lying about. If their eyes look up and to the right, they are telling the truth. Reason: This is an INVOLUNTARY reaction of the eyes when a person is accessing the part of their brain that controls their memory and visual recall. If their eyes look up and to the left, they are lying. Reason: This is also an involuntary reaction of the eyes when a person is accessing the part of the brain that controls creativity. This method is 99% foolproof. Only trained professionals can get away with lying when this method is used. Try it on someone...But be sure not to let them in on what you are doing or it won't work. Another reliable method uses the dilation and contraction of the pupils but I don't have the 3 hours it would take to explain how to use this method or how it works"

uhm, 1 Question...
who's right & left is that? mine or the liar's?

thanks

Anonymous said...

worst blog ever. you guys took an interesting point and dissected it to such a state of minutia that it is now meaningless.
word of advice: take things with a grain of salt. it might make you less likely to feel the need to fabricate statistics to back up your point of view: 1) read the entry; 2) extract what you find interesting; and 3) move on to the next topic.

Anonymous said...

This doesn't always work because some people do these things anyway. For example, I have a hard time keeping eye contact, lying or not lying.

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Do you expect us to believe that, you shifty-eyed devil?

Anonymous said...

uhm, 1 Question...
who's right & left is that? mine or the liar's?

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Who you gonna believe when they answer that question, if you don't already know how to interpret their eye movements? And it also depends on if they're right or left handed. So you can ask them to write something, but if they're ambidextrous you're out of luck.

Here's a great riddle on this subject. You are lost on a small Pacific island, with a big storm coming, trying to get to the boat dock, and you come to a fork in the road. The road sign, which says, "this way to the boat dock, that way into the jungle", has been blown down, like in Jurassic Park. there is a native standing there. Now on this island, there are two tribes, one always lies, one always tells the truth. They both all look alike, (and they both all always wear shades). What ONE question can you ask this guy to ensure that you can get to the boat dock and off the island safely before the storm hits? You can't point and ask if that's the right road, because you'll get the same answer from a liar or a truthteller whether it is or isn't: "Yes"

Answer in my next post. And no peeking.

Anonymous said...

The one question would be this: "If I asked you (pointing) if this is the road to the boat dock, would you say yes?" Assume it is the road. Both types of natives would say yes, one lying and one telling the truth. Same with pointing at the wrong road. Both would say "no"

Alternate single question: Pull out your Smith and Wesson, point it at the native's head, and say, take me to the boat dock if you want to live. You DO want to live, don't you? One will say yes, one will say no, but since it's a rhetorical question, the answer doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

is this woman lying?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rm4v8ylAxTc

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the two candidates for the USA presidental election....

Bender McPie said...

it's easy to lie. once you know what people are looking for when you lie, it's easy to prevent it. i'm not saying you should lie but it doesn't take much to firugre out what things people do when they lie. just try stopping yourself from doing those things. have sussesfully. i also know how to keep my story straight.

Anonymous said...

thanks guys, I found out who stole my bullet shell, NON-live bullets & mines collection :D :D

ShiTOn-Anonymous said...

you know what Mr. anonymous you obviously have a guilty heart I have add okay I found out I had it in sixth grade I'm 24 just recently my sis and I beat a case in court by avoiding most of these actions a liar would show my sis threw the dirt on me on the reports I draged my case out until she plead guilty while I was facing 10-15 she got supervision I took a blind plea trusting the judge would look for signs in my story if I was lying my sis recanted her statement they obviously couldnt file charges on her again for the same crime she just plead Guilty to DOUBLE JEPORDY BaBy So the judge had no choice but to Belize my story because I showed no signs of lying time considered served which was only 8 straight days WOW talk about luck right NOPE there is no excuse what so ever why you act a certain way when your lying if you show these signs in anyway or time someone is trying to catch you in a lie you really are lying unless your a CRACK HEAD with all that nose itching and picking on your clothes or your body other wise if your doing these things and they are normal to you then what is the big deal that your saying what if I'm doing this or someone always does that because of a health condition if your in a situation where truth and lies are in really important than its either your telling the truth or your lying good lier bad lier it just depends on the situation nobody is talking about health problems here there just saying what to look for when your trying to catch someone lying even if you have add or ADHD if your telling the truth you should be able to have a srtaight face on unless you know how to lie LIKE ME

Anonymous said...

how come i haven't seen any secret writing how to do stuff yet the hole lying thing is helpful buit i really need the secret writing thing so i hope u take my suggestion.!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let u know anonymous is right! If people do this when they are not lying then how come u put this and have a website. To: who ever wrote this and owns this website

Anonymous said...

I think this was pretty good advice.

Anonymous said...

thats pretty usless information i already knew all of that from not being retarted

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Anonymous said...

the best way is to when someone is lying is to look at there eyes straight in to it when a person is make stuff up or lying they then to look to down cause of the brain

Nick said...

Liars usually make more eye contact that someone telling the truth, mostly because of this popular myth, but also because when you try and recall a memory, you usually break eye contact to think.

dgriever said...

this is BS! i have a stutter... and i, Um and Err quite frequently in order to stop myself from stuttering, as i concentrate on my voice tripping into some sort of stutter, my voice changes tone and pitch as i focus and concentrate on getting what i want to say out! this means i sometimes stop and think, i dont make direct eye contact as this can put me off. as for the touching their face and looking away that sounds like bull... in the real world there are sounds all around which grab our attention.... please dont post rubbish on here. this was bull!

Erik said...

none of this is acurate. if you want to really learn how to notice when someone is lying or hiding something, read any book by paul ekman (lead psychologist in the study of micro-expressions and lie detection).

oh and liars tend to make more eye contact then usual cause they're trying to see if the person is buying into their lie. (liars avoiding eye-contact is just a myth.)

Anonymous said...

These are actions and tics i do aaaall the time. even when i am not speaking. How am i supposed to be beleived?

hellizone said...

i think that turning ur shoulders coment is true cuz win a lie i do that to and the same thing with stumbinging over sentices.

Anonymous said...

Hey dan, why dont you shut the fuck up and die of god damn cancer fucking hipocritical prick. No one cares what you think so fuck off.

DH said...

Add to that sweating and changes in breathing pattern.

The sweating thing means you can use an Ohmeter as a lie detector (low skin resistance = more sweat)

Anonymous said...

how do u know if a guy likes you especialy if hes a friend

Anonymous said...

lol false liers make more eye conntact to see if u belive ur lie and its usually subconsious i would kno......

Anonymous said...

But.. what if I have a lazy eye and can never make much eye contact?

timberwolf9212 said...

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Anonymous said...

theres a chick i used to be friends with who was a VERY bad liar. Not that she had dumb excuses but her voice would change the speed of her sentences would slow down and she would enunciate more. She would flail her arms in front of her or cross her arms when i confronted her on something. I could ALWAYS tell when she was lying, she does six of these things when she lies.

Anonymous said...

To everyone saying it's "Bs" because either they, or someone they know has a communication disorder: please stop acting like he said "This is a full-proof way of telling if someone is lieing". He clearly said they are just indications. It really comes down to perception, intelligence, and attention to detail. Anyone can lie and not be deteced if they are truely aware of their bodily functions. For example: when I lie (Don't get on a soapbox, we all do/have lied at some point) I just genuinely beleive what I am saying. I tell myself it is the truth, and then it comes out as such. I would suggest a tip for detecting lies: constantly keep them mentally unbalanced. That is, throw random questions out at random times; interrupt them with a new question, re-ask questions multiple times in this supprise-barrage of questioning (this is where attention to detail comes into play). All in all just use your "gut", or instinct rather. Because in the end you are the one who decides is they are lieing or not, so choose wisely because you could lose friends or otherwise should you make a mistake and they hold it against you.

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Anonymous said...

FEAT i mean come on how in thier right mind when posting something on the internet will spell something wrong?

Anonymous said...

To all the people who are defending the poster's guidelines: If so many people (who have by chance found this obscure blog) are agreeing that not all people that do those things are liars, then there must be a lot more that feel the same way. In which case the probability of the original blogger's theory changes. It becomes like saying that every time a person's stomach gurgles then the person's going to throw up. This statement isn't necessarily true. The person could just be hungry, need to take a good poop, or be digesting food. It's true that more times than not the stomach gives us warning before we throw up but the gurgling theory is still false. And likewise, the "How to Tell If Someone Is Lying," tips are also just as pointless.

Anonymous said...

actually what most people dont account for is that its looking up and to (their)"the liars" left.

and that it depends on left or right hand dominance.. because these are often switched.

Anonymous said...

That I read also , that the eye patterns are opposite , depending on being right handed or left handed. So Unless you know enough details about someone, eye pattern isn't enough. I just watch if they turn their body away from me when they are lying meaning they want out of there quick. LOL!! That usually works besides lot's of other fidgeting.

Amelie said...

Actually, liars don't make less eye contact. A person, typically, makes more eye contact if they are lying.

Also, the 'crossing of the arms and/or legs' can go into a category of distancing one's self. In English, a liar tends to cross their arms or legs to 'distance' himself from the person they are lying to. Other forms of this can be using distancing language, such as not using contractions in their sentences. A normal person would say, 'I didn't eat your cookie.' A liar might say, 'I did not eat your cookie.'

A liar might also repeat himself. A normal person typically says, 'I didn't eat your cookie' while a liar might say, 'No, I did not eat your cookie.'

Hate said...

another way is to touch the person's hand. if it is cold, the person is most likely lying because the person wants to get away from you, so the blood will rush into the feet. saw it on some TV show, so im not sure what kind of cold... I think not the usual body heat???

Anonymous said...

It's a statistic, an average amongst everyday people. Not pathological liars, psychopaths or sociopathic lunatics! Some are better than others at hiding the normal subconscious reaction, no doubt. For the most part its a guideline.

Anonymous said...

another way to tell if someone is lying is to ask them a question and when they are about to answer you shout "LIAR!" really loud before he or she can answer. if the person looks puzzled he is lying.

:3

Anonymous said...

Too bad liars are reading this now and figuring out what to avoid after they lie. Thumbs up smart dumbs :)

Anonymous said...

hey every body i know when u lie

Anonymous said...

These factors aren't useful so much for interrogating someone, but you easily can use this to help determine lying in a normal conversation, if considering other factors of the individual you are talking to.

Anonymous said...

I am here to say that people who have ADHD or Asperger's, , people that have trouble with communication, do not usually communicate the same way people without these problems do. It does not look at all like people who are trying to lie and get away with it. In fact it really doesn't look like regular behavior at all. You would be able to tell the difference. I have a relative who has Aspergers and a friend with ADHD and neither of them share the same kind of communication skills as people without these issues. It is very noticeable and you would probably pick up on it right away if you have ever actually been around someone like this...For example, my relative with Aspberger's has a very difficult time understanding social cues, and therefore his reactions time in live conversation is totally off (really delayed). I think if you know what your looking for when trying to identify someone who is being dishonest, its actually pretty easy to tell. Unless you are a skilled liar and control your body movements, most people have the reactions that are described here when trying to lie. That is because they are unconscious minute reactions that your body has when delivering misinformation. I figured this out because I caught my boyfriend in a lie and have seen him lie before and he had the exact same reaction with me as the other person. He did the eye roll, up and to the left and also had an exaggerated pitch which he unconsciously changes when trying to cover something up.Just have to know what you're looking for. :-)