Wouldn’t it be nice to know if and when you’re being lied to? Unfortunately most humans aren’t very good at detecting lies. Our natural tendency is to trust others. But while it would be unrealistic to analyze every single conversation and interaction for signs of deception, there are times when it really is important to get the straight story.
So, regardless if it’s your spouse, your friend, your business colleague, even a politician, how can you tell if what someone is saying is less than truthful?
Experts, including police officers, teachers, psychologists, even the FBI, list the seven below clues as some of the most powerful lie-detectors around:
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1. Their attitude and/or voice changes.
If you know how someone generally sounds or acts (such as they naturally talk fast, etc.), ask them questions you don’t know the answer to. If his manner they abruptly shift from calm to agitated, or even vice versa, they’re probably not telling the truth.
2. They give off physical cues.
To help figure out if someone is lying, watch their body language. Typical clues include sweating, fidgeting, seeming distracted, or behaving as though they’re nervous or anxious.
3. They can’t look you in the eye.
If they won’t or can’t make and maintain eye contact with you, it’s often sign of deceit.