10. Infrequent Blinking
Dishonesty traditionally involves a lack of eye contact or rapid blinking, however, in contrast to common belief, the liar may attempt to manipulate you with extended eye contact.
Glass tells of Bernie (Bernard) Madoff, a conman convicted of fraud in 2009 who was handed a 150-year sentence of imprisonment for his 11 federal penalties. Madoff would often overcompensate with eye contact, maintaining it for longer than usual without blinking. When telling the truth, humans will usually shift their eyes regularly and may look at their surroundings. When lying, they will hold a prolonged stare in an attempt to intimidate.
If a liar is defensive of their argument, whether or not it is a truthful one, they may become hostile and aggressive. A dishonest person who has been angered may attempt to turn the tables’ on to you, according to Glass, irritated that you have discovered his or her deception. This may result in angry gestures, along with pointing in an attempt to reiterate their point.
After analyzing these key points, you’ll stand a far greater chance of being able to spot a liar in casual discussion, helping you get to the bottom of dubious situations and hopefully avoiding an awkward encounter in the process.
Other Important Ways To Catch a Liar
No matter how strong the clues are when looking at a person’s body language, you can’t still be 100% sure that he is lying based only on that. You need more information and strategical approach to confirm his untrustworthiness. One of the most important ones, of course, is actually what a person is saying.
If a person becomes angry when you ask a question, he might be lying. Displaying aggression after a question is often a big sign and usually, it is not a behavior of an honest person. For example, if you suspect your friend is hiding something from you, you ask her about it and she attacks you verbally, then you know that something is not right. A good way to test this theory is to ask a person few questions in a calm manner and analyze how he reacts. If he will be as calm as you and won’t get agitated, then you need to start looking for another clue.
Stretched-out answers and long sentences are often used by liars. Majority of the people are not trained to be a government spy and they get nervous when they lie. That’s why they tend to overcompensate with words and talk a lot to make sure that their lie is well covered. What they do not know is that it is a quite common clue showing that they are not being honest. Once you ask a question, analyze how specific is the person when answering it. If he is really over-talking and includes things that are not even related to the topic, then you know he is hiding something.