- Physical expression might be stiff and few.
- Doesn't make eye contact
- Hands often touch a familiar place where your eyes often look, like their face, throat, or mouth. Sometimes playing with jewelry can show nervousness, indicating a lie.
- The timing and duration of emotions are off. It is delayed, stays longer, and then is gone as quickly as it came.
- Timing is off between expressions and words.
- Expressions don't match their words.
- Is uncomfortable during pauses in the conversation.
- A guilty person will get defensive while innocent people will do the opposite.
- The person accused might turn their head or body away; they might look at something else.
- Places objects between themselves and the person they're talking to.
- Watch other people's reactions to see if they are buying their story.
- Will throw the person's words back at them.
- Avoid making direct statements.
- Speak more than they normally do.
- Speak as little as possible.
- Repeat questions because it gives them time to think of an answer.
- Slow down their speech to think of what to say next and when they have it, speak faster.
Tips to see if someone's really lying:
- Have them tell their story backwards, from what happened last to the beginning.
- Have them repeat their story.
- Ask open-ended questions.
- Change the subject of the conversation quickly, a liar will become more relaxed and go along with it. While an innocent person will become confused and wonder why the topic was switched.
Keep in mind...
- Even if someone displays some of these cues, they may not be lying.