Wouldn’t it be much easier if our lives were a movie? Pinocchio to be precise. We wouldn’t have to worry about people lying straight to our face so casually. Their nose would just grow everytime they lied, but with that mechanism, we all would probably have very long noses, because let’s face it, we all lie. It’s just a matter of how severe the lie is and how it affects other people around us. Body language can be a great giveaway of lying, but today we will specifically focus on the face.
But that is the sad reality and the difference between a fictional movie and the actual life. Our noses aren’t designed to function that way. Maybe even some superpowers to detect if someone is lying to us, but in the long run, that may prove to be more harmful than good. The word secret will literally cease to exist.
But the fact is, we don’t need any superpowers to determine when people are lying to us. It’s called the power of observations, and fortunately, we all have that. It’s not like some kind of mantra that quickly lets you identify when someone is lying. Remember the keyword is “Observation” and that means you have to keep a close eye on all the body and in this case, face language of the person whom you suspect may be lying to you.
- They talk in excess
Usually, when you talk to a normal person, they will answer you back Yes or No. If the situation is different, you may even end up talking for hours, but it is different when it comes to a lying person. They feel the need to provide too much information to make sure they don’t get caught. Even the simplest topic or a question will provoke them to talk excessively in order to support their lies. This way, you know they are overcompensating to cover up something that they don’t want you to know.
- Pursed Lips
It is a proven fact that a person who is lying will experience a dry mouth. The biological reasoning and explanation is not important. The important thing is that the lying person will obviously try to compensate for the dry mouth by using his/her lips. If a person does this repeatedly over a period of time while having a conversation, it is your hint to understand that they may be lying to you.
Apart from compensating the dry mouth, a lying person will also experience tight lips, hence, preventing them from talking in a normal tone and also appear pinched and white.
- Restless eye motion
If a person is trying to avoid your questions and you notice their eyes darting back and forth, it most assuredly means that they are trying to hide something from you. Also, even if they answer your questions, but the eye motion remains restless, it is a sign of discomfort and restlessness. This usually means they are lying and do not feel comfortable with the conversation.
- Looking up to the right side
When you ask a right-handed person any question, they are supposed to look up to their left in order to recollect any memories or incident. This is a minor yet a very crucial body language that can determine if a person is telling the truth or lying. It is a biological fact that a right-handed person will look up to the left side for remembering any true event, but if they look up to their right-side, it means they are trying to create new information or using their imaginations. This in simple terms means that they are lying.
The opposite effect is true for left-handed people.
- Rapid blinking
Lying most commonly results to a person blinking excessively. This is primarily because when a person is lying, a compound called dopamine is released in their body, that ultimately results to the blinking action becoming more frequent.
A normal person has a limit of 5 – 6 blinks in a minute or once in every 10 – 20 seconds. Any blinking action beyond this limit is usually a hint that someone is lying.
- Closing their eyes for a long period of time
Also, a person who closes his/her eyes for more than one second at a time is also an indication that they are lying to you. Usually, when people feel uncomfortable talking about a specific incident or situation, they tend to close their eyes for more than normal time. This can be understood as a sign of defense mechanism by their body to avoid getting caught.