After seeing the show “Lie to Me” on TV, I have decided to google a bit more about how to detect if a person is lying from their facial expressions and body language. The study has been really interesting. I could relate the results to myself. Here are a few excerpts.
Body language :
- The person lying will normally avoid making eye-contact with you (unless he is a professional 😉 )
- They will have their hands touching their face, throat or mouth. Touching or scratching the nose or behind their ear
- There will be limited and stiff movement of the limbs
- Delay b/w what they say and the diplay of the emotion – like if you gift someone and the person says “I love your gift” and then gives a smile. Most of the times, the expression either stays longer than it has to , or stops suddenly
- Mismatch between the dialogue and the emotion
- When expressions (like a smile) are limited to the mouth movement. A natural smile would involve the whole face : jaw/cheek movement, eyes and forehead push down
- A guilty person gets defensive. An innocent person will often go on the offensive.
- A liar is uncomfortable facing his questioner/accuser and may turn his head or body away.
- A liar might unconsciously place objects (book, coffee cup, etc.) between themselves and you
- A liar will use your words to make answer a question. When asked, “Did you eat the last cookie?” The liar answers, “No, I did not eat the last cookie”.
- A statement with a contraction is more likely to be truthful: “ I didn’t do it” instead of “I did not do it”
- A liar may leave out pronouns and speak in a monotonous tone. When a truthful statement is made the pronoun is emphasized as much or more than the rest of the words in a statement
Eyes movement :
- Up and to the Right
Indicates: Visually Constructed Images (Vc)
If you asked someone to “Imagine a purple buffalo”, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they “Visually Constructed” a purple buffalo in their mind.
- Up and to the Left
Indicates: Visually Remembered Images (Vr)
If you asked someone to “What color was the first house you lived in?”, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they “Visually Remembered” the color of their childhood home.
- To the Right
Indicates: Auditory Constructed (Ac)
If you asked someone to “Try and create the highest the sound of the pitch possible in your head”, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they “Auditorily Constructed” this this sound that they have never heard of.
- To the Left
Indicates: Auditory Remembered (Ar)
If you asked someone to “Remember what their mother’s voice sounds like “, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they “Auditorily Remembered ” this sound.
- Down and to the Right
Indicates: Feeling / Kinesthetic (F)
If you asked someone to “Can you remember the smell of a campfire? “, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they used recalled a smell, feeling, or taste.
- Down and To the Left
Indicates: Internal Dialog (Ai)
This is the direction of someone eyes as they “talk to themselves”.
If you believe someone is lying, then change subject of a conversation quickly, a liar follows along willingly and becomes more relaxed. The guilty wants the subject changed; an innocent person may be confused by the sudden change in topics and will want to back to the previous subject.
So now you know when someone is faking…. Have fun!!!