How To Tell When You’ve Been Lied To Right Away

5. They Repeat Themselves


To drive home the lie, some liars will use the tactic of repeating a word or phrase multiple times. On some level, they believe that repeating themselves will make something sound true when it really does the opposite and tips the listener off to an unnatural speaking pattern. They might be trying to convince themselves of something as well as you.

4. Their Words And Facial Expressions Don’t Match


Some people are pretty effective liars, but others aren’t so practiced. For this reason, someone’s words might not match their facial expressions or body movements. A common example is noticing that someone is on the verge of tears as they swear that everything is fine. You can tell by the downturn of their mouth and a furrowed brow that something isn’t right whether they admit it or not.

3. They Take A Strong Pause

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A pause here or there has its place in an honest conversation, but if you ask someone a direct question and they take a hard pause it’s reasonable to wonder why. What’s probably happening is that they’re taking a moment to gather their thoughts, which they might need to make up the story before they start speaking.

2. They Don’t Claim To Be Telling The Truth

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If you ask someone point blank if they’re lying to you or why you should believe them, how they respond can tell you a lot. An honest person might simply respond no, or say “because it’s the truth.” A liar will have a less direct response and might claim to be trustworthy rather than claim to be telling the truth. Turning the conversation around with a “You don’t trust me?” is a defensive move, which we delve into more on the next slide.

1. They Turn The Blame On You


When people feel threatened in a conversation, they are more likely to get defensive and aggressive. Often this means pointing their finger at the person who is accusing them of lying. Your question might have been straightforward and well-intentioned, but if they don’t like that you asked it, they’ll try to deflect and play the victim in hopes that you’ll back off.

As you can see, there are quite a lot of clues that can alert you to the fact that you’re being lied right away, without waiting for more proof of the suspicion. Of course, these signs don’t always mean that someone is lying since general discomfort or anxiety in a conversation can lead to similar physical responses. But when there are a few of these things present and what someone is saying doesn’t seem to add up, it probably doesn’t. At that point, you’re left with the decision of whether you want to call them out on the lie or not.