The phrase “liar, liar, pants on fire” is chanted throughout childhood to publicly humiliate a liar among his peers. Now, in adulthood, white lies can become more extensive and often believable, making it difficult to tell a truth from a lie. However, Alltime10s video “10 Signs That Someone Is Lying,” reveals the most common patterns in the subconscious language of lying, from eye contact to tone of voice.
TV shows and folk wisdom have suggested commonly held beliefs for spotting lairs, but the truth is they’re not always accurate. When it comes to story detail, liars often place extra emphasis in the denial using formula language. A liar will tend to give too much information and they often struggle to repeat their original performance if asked to recount the events in opposite order. A 2012 study published in the journal Discourse Processes found liars tend to avoid “I” statements and use third-person pronouns like “he” and “she” instead. This allows the liar to distance themselves from and owning the lie.
When it comes to body language, liars are very tactful in their corporal language. Typically, people who are speaking honestly will maintain eye contact for about 60 percent of a conversation. A liar will often engage in more eye contact than this. Also, liars will subconsciously point their feet towards the exit of the room.
Although liars believe they can maintain their emotions under control, some may accidentally reveal a duping delight. This is a smile from the liar when they think they’ve successfully deceived. Duping delight and leaked expressions are similar in the sense that true emotions tend to “leak” through when someone nods their head while denying or shakes their head while agreeing.
Are you good at spotting liars? Check out the rest of Alltime10s video to learn the other tell-tale signs.