1. They Repeat Your Question Back To You
If you ask someone a question and they repeat it back to you before offering an answer, this could be a sign that they are lying. For instance if you get a response such as “Am I cheating? Why would I cheat on you?” may be a sign that your significant other may have someone on the side.
Repeating a question before answering it is a classic diversion tactic people sometimes use to give themselves extra time to formulate a lie.
2. They Look Away Before Answering You
Because of the fact we access memory and imagination with different parts of our brains, you can generally tell if someone is lying to you based on the direction they're looking while formulating their answer.
If you ask a right-handed person a question and they look towards the left while coming up with an answer, they are genuinely accessing their memory and are about to tell you the truth. If they look to the right however, they may be coming up with a fib.
The exact opposite is true for left handed people.
3. They Change Their Natural Pitch
Listen not only to the answer you’re given but the vocal tone in which it’s delivered. Due to nerves, people who are lying often speed up their answers and then immediately try to steer the conversation in a different direction. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, they may slow down and pronounce each. word. like. this.
Their voice may also change pitches slightly because they are focused on trying to “sound natural” which ironically often derails their attempt to.
4. They Use Subconsciously Change Their Body Language
No matter how convincing someone’s story is, often their body language will give them away. Look for anything in their mannerisms that contradicts what they are saying. For instance if someone shakes their head while saying something like, “Yes, I promise you,” they are probably lying.
Liars will often also cover their mouths or eyes in an attempt to literally hide behind their lies. Sometimes their feet may also shuffle or be pointing towards the door even though the rest of their body is turned towards you. This is a flight mechanism that signals they want to get away from the situation.
5. They Do Anything Abnormal
If someone is generally calm and tends to make eye contact while speaking, a sudden anxiousness and tendency to keep looking away may mean they aren't being entirely truthful.
If on the other hand, they are usually pretty high energy but suddenly become very calm and start making an effort not to break eye contact at all, this could also be a tell that they are putting on a performance.
6. They Tell You TOO Much
If someone is genuinely running late because of car problems, they're likely to simply offer an excuse like "Sorry, my car had a flat."
If however, you get a much more involved story such as, "Sorry, my car wouldn't start so I had to call a friend to help but then she couldn't make it at the last minute so I called my uncle but he was busy too, so I had to enlist the help of my landlord, etc." then you're more likely getting a fabricated story.
Liars tell to ramble and tell more elaborate tales because they think it makes them sound more credible.
7. They Point Their Fingers
Unless a person uses pointing as a gesture regularly, it's sudden appearance in their body language may be a sign that they are lying to you. Pointing at something or someone else is an attempt to literally take your focus off of them.
8. They Don't Move... At All
Whereas fidgeting and things like lip licking can definitely be indicators of lying, many people know this and may attempt to keep from giving anything away with body language by remaining completely still.
This is especially likely to be an indication of a lie if they usually talk with their hands or use them to illustrate their points but suddenly stop using them all together.
9. They Cover Up Their Vulnerable Areas
When people are lying, they are often threatened and may subconsciously cover vulnerable areas of their bodies such as their throats, head, or abdomen.
Crossed arms are also a classic subconscious attempt to put a barrier between you and themselves.
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