Eng. 221 B
How to Tell when Someone’s
How many people in this room have ever told a lie? Big,
small, important or not, everyone lies. Have you ever wondered if there was a
way to tell when someone isn’t telling the truth? Or even wonder how to avoid getting
caught in a lie? Today I’ll be telling you the secret to lying, or depending how
you think about it, the truth.
Lying is similar to poker, everyone has their own unique “tells.”
To someone who has never played poker, this basically means that everyone has
their own way of covering up a lie with facial expressions or even body language.
There are also some common tells that almost everyone will do when trying to
hide something. Everyone knows the basic facial expression pictures they showed
you as a child, happiness, anger, fear etc. Their technical term is a micro
expression, and there is even a distinct one for when someone’s trying to hide
something or lie.
A couple of the few most common tells are as follows; excessive
eye movement, most people avoid eye contact when they’re uneasy. Touching their
face, fidgeting, fixing their hair etc. Tightly closed lips, scientists say
that some people get dry mouth when they lie so this is to counteract that. Sweating
or blushing, these are both physical reactions when someone feels
uncomfortable. You should also take note of where a person’s eyes are looking
when they speak. A right-handed person will typically look up and to the right
when they are trying to recall something visual. They will look directly to the
right when they are lying about an audio memory, and down to right about
sensory memories. These things are not necessarily true for everyone, but they
are the most common physical reactions. Some other typical cues are loss of
breath, putting too much detail into an answer, and pausing for an extended
period of time in-between a question and the answer. Some people will also try
to hide their “vulnerable areas” such as their face, hands, or abdomen.
On the other end of the spectrum, when you want to lie to
someone else, here are a few tips. Convince yourself first, it will be a lot
easier to convince someone something if you believe in it yourself. Relax, and
try to avoid talking too slow or too fast or doing any of the common lying