25 Ways To Tell If Someone Is Lying To You

Posted by , Updated on May 28, 2015

You can never completely tell when someone is lying. Not even a lie detector can do that. Do you understand what that means? That means that not a single one of the tips we are about to give should ever be used to determine that someone is lying without reservation. Even if someone does all 25 of these things they still may be innocent. The power of circumstance cannot be overestimated and people have even been known to give false confessions because they were being pressured to “tell the truth”. With that said, there are certain things you can look for that might arouse your suspicions. These are 25 ways to tell if someone is lying to you. Sort of.

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This is probably one that you already know instinctually, but liars will be hesitant to make eye contact with you

SuspicionSource: drphil.com

To complicate things, if someone is lying to you they might make too much eye contact. Possibly because they are aware that liars are known to avoid eye contact. We know, it's confusing.

I'm staring at you staring at meSource: drphil.com

A liar tends to provide more information than necessary, or to answer questions that they weren't even asked in the first place. This may come from a desire to justify oneself

Question mark in the skySource: drphil.com

A genuine shrug indicating uncertainty is usually complete and symmetrical. A partial shrug may indicate deception

ShrugSource: drphil.com

For potentially obvious reasons liars are likely to stutter. It's hard to talk straight when you're making things up as you go!

Man talkingSource: drphil.com

A liar tends not to use contractions. For example, "I didn't do it" statistically tends to be a more truthful statement that "I did not do it"

They didn't believe meSource: liespotting.com

A liar is unlikely to exhibit a Duchenne smile. What is that? A Duchenne smile is when you use the involuntary muscles around your eyes as well as your major muscles around the mouth. The key word here is involuntary, meaning you can't fake a true smile.

Smiley face on handSource: psychologicalscience.org

A liar will tend to turn away from you or show signs of discomfort

Two statues on a benchSource: lifespan.com

While it's difficult to spot, a slight increase in voice pitch indicates that somebody is likely lying

People talking at dinnerSource: dailymail.co.uk

According to a study in the Journal of Non-verbal Behaviour, liars blink less frequently during the lie and then speed up to about 8 times faster afterwards

EyeSource: telegraph.co.uk

Crossed arms are typically never a positive sign in conversation. They are the opposite of having your arms open with your palms out which indicates warmth, inclusiveness, and obviously openness. Although crossed arms by themselves don't necessarily mean somebody is lying, they are just another sign to look for.

Statue with crossed armsSource: liespotting.com

A liar will often use your own words in their response. For example, if you ask someone, "Did you deflate my tire?" they may answer "No I did not deflate your tire"

Two people in conversationSource: blifaloo.com

A person's pupils will dilate if they are lying. In fact, because this is an involuntary behavior this is usually a much better indicator than some of the others on this list

Dilated pupilSource: livestrong.com

Someone who is lying will tend to give a very specific denial. Rather than making broad sweeping statements like "I never do [insert something suspicious here]" a liar would be more likely to say "I did not do this at that time with this person"

Two men talkingSource: liespotting.com

When someone is lying they will often purse their mouth and lips

Pursed lipsSource: drphil.com

Liars will often touch their face, nose, or mouth with above average frequency

Two people talkingSource: blifaloo.com

People who try to obfuscate the truth will tend to over-focus on irrelevant details

Not sure if eye for detail or spending too much time looking for itSource: drphil.com

One of the most obvious signs of someone lying is inconsistent or contradictory explanations

Contradictory buttonsSource: askmen.com

Liars will sometimes hedge the things they say. For example someone might preface their explanation with "As far as I can remember..."

Mental wheels turningSource: liespotting.com

If someone is lying then their gestures and their words might not line up

Stopwatch on trackSource: blifaloo.com

According to Israeli researcher Avinoam Sapir, liars will often give longwinded introductions full of detail but then gloss over the important parts of the story where the deception is

MicrophoneSource: wikipedia

Liars sometimes will unconsciously place objects between themselves and you

Two people talkingSource: blifaloo.com

A liar will usually tell a story in strict chronology. Someone telling the truth will usually recount the most vivid emotional detail first and then explain the rest

WatchSource: liespotting.com

Someone who is lying will tend to go on the defensive. Someone telling the truth will tend to go on the offensive.

Martial ArtsSource: blifaloo.com

People use distancing language. This allows them to separate themselves from the action. For example, "I crashed my car" becomes "I crashed the car"

50 meters distanceSource: drphil.com

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