Signs That Someone is Lying | The Old Farmer's Almanac

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

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If you feel like someone is lying to you, chances are that you’re right. A study by the University of Connecticut found that the average person lies 26 times a day. The following tips for detecting lies will help you in both your business and personal lives.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Sources whose jobs require them to determine what is the truth and what isn’t have outlined the following signs of lying:

  • Sworn Oaths: Pierre Corneille, 17th- century French playwright, said, “A liar is always lavish of oaths.” Some people who lie frequently become convinced of their own lies and have no trouble swearing they are telling the truth.
  • Peculiar Body Language: Many liars smirk or unintentionally touch their face when they are being deceptive. When a liar thinks that someone is on to them, they suddenly transform and take up a very defensive posture, straightening up in the chair, crossing their arms, or tapping their fingers.
  • Unverifiable Facts: You should be wary of information that can not easily be confirmed, like how Gatsby was quick to say his parents were dead. Try to press for facts that can be verified by others.
  • Shifty Eyes: People whose eyes are shifty and do not maintain eye contact have long been regarded as untrustworthy. Further, many experts think that the direction in which people roll their eyes when talking is important. When someone is trying to remember a fact, they will roll their eyes up and to the right, since the left hemisphere of the brain, which deals with facts, controls the right side of the body. However, when someone is lying, their eyes will roll up and to the left because the right hemisphere, the source of imaginative stories, controls the left side of the body.
  • Verbal Stumbling: Generally, liars are nervous in silence and try to fill it by talking, sometimes revealing information that they meant to hide.
  • Absurd Claims: When a liar is cornered, he sometimes says things so absurd that it becomes obvious that he is not being truthful. This is frequent in small children.


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