No one wants to be lied to, and yet the practice is actually quite common. In some cases, you get hit with a habitual white lie. But there are also those situations where people are lying with ill intentions.
Either way, it’s nice to know that your suspicions are correct. Here are some ways to tell that you’ve been lied to right away.
10. They Offer Up Too Many Details
When liars feel put on the spot, they are likely to add more details to their story than necessary in an effort to paint a believable picture. They worry that you might not believe them if they just mention that they went to the store, so they also elaborate with a story about someone that they met there and might even ramble in a new direction entirely.
9. The Liar Is Ready To Run
When people are lying in response to a question that they don’t want to answer, they will also be looking to take the soonest out possible. Their body will quickly start revealing this intention. This might be tapping their feet or angling themselves toward the door in preparation to head through it.
8. Their Eye Movement Feels Unnatural
An authentic conversation includes a natural amount of eye contact as well as moments of looking away. When people are lying, they are more likely to either avoid eye contact or over compensate by making a lot of it. We say that people have “shifty” eyes for a reason, it looks suspicious. As does a strong stare with minimal blinking, which is sometimes used by liars in an attempt to assert their dominance.
7. Their Voice Changes
Lying can make a person feel pretty anxious, and that anxiety has some direct effects on the body. Sometimes when people are uncomfortable, they tighten and pull up their shoulders which can make their voice sound more shallow. Anxiety can also dry out the mouth which leads to throat clearing and trouble getting words out.
6. They Cover Their Mouth
Sometimes liars try to cover their story by literally covering their mouth. They might touch a lip, put their whole hand in front of their mouth, or even take a sip of a drink and let the cup hover there as they speak. Honest people aren’t generally trying to hide as they talk. Touching the mouth might also be a diversion move for the lying habit that we see in item number three.