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Recognizing Lies: Signs and Tips

That was not me… or even better I've never lied ... Not difficult this Recognize lies to be able to, because one thing is certain: everyone lies - only the extent and the intention are different. While some are reluctant and in exceptional cases to resort to white lies, others have almost perfected the art of lying. Inevitably, you will be confronted with untruths, the key is to recognize the lies. A great challenge, especially for experienced swindlers. Fortunately, there are some signals and traits that you can use to tell a lie. Why it pays to spot lies and what to look out for to avoid being fooled into ...

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Recognize lies: Don't be lied to anymore

Nobody likes to be lied to. Serving up the untruth to someone else sends several negative messages at the same time: On the one hand, the interlocutor seems to be you not to be sufficiently respectedto tell you the truth in the face. At the same time, trust is trampled underfoot. If you are deliberately deceived and lied to, your counterpart obviously does not value the relationship enough and accepts that it will break up.

One can do that alone painful realization be, but the next fact usually weighs even more heavily. Anyone who presents you with a lie always means that they don't believe that you can tell the difference.

A lie is always also a lie Insulting your mind and your knowledge of human nature. It is all the more important that you do not confirm such a prejudice, but recognize a lie as quickly as possible. Failure to do this increases the risk of being fooled over and over again.

The vernacular says Anyone who lies once is not believed, but those who keep getting away with their stories will keep trying and deliberately use lies, to manipulate you and take advantage of it. In order to put an end to this game, not to get angry because you fell for a lie and to show that there is no point in lying to you, you need to recognize lies.

Three typical behaviors of liars

In order to spot lies, you should consider the way your interlocutor responds and behaves, inspect. In a nutshell: if you have nothing to hide, if you don't want to lie, you will usually get a simple one No answer, for example to the question: "Did you steal the money from the cash register?"

Anyone who is not so strict about the truth will try various tactics to cover up what they have done. There are three typical behaviors that you can tell when you're lying:

  • Repetition

    Inexperienced liars in particular often begin an answer by repeating the question or rephrase it again. Motto: “What do you mean - whether I stole the money from the till?” That takes time to think and puts the other person back under pressure.

    It is also typical for liars to repeat statements and entire answers. No, of course I don't. It's very clear that I didn't do that. No, definitely not. The repetition is intended to confirm and clarify what has been said in order to cover up the lie. The same applies to exaggerated protests. If a statement is underlined and emphasized too clearly, this can be an indication of a lie.

  • reference

    Your counterpart will refer to an earlier statement in order not to have to lie at this moment. So in his logic he is telling the truth now, even though he is only pointing you to an earlier untruth. An example: "As I explained last week, I have nothing to do with the disappeared cash register!"

    Such a statement with reference to a previous lie is often easier because in your own perception you do not have to lie again. This, of course, is nothing more than whitewashing to justify a lie - if you notice this behavior, you can use it to spot lies.

  • deflection

    It is very likely that you can tell lies from the fact that the person you are talking to is going back a long way to answer an actually simple question - incidentally, a tactic that is often observed among politicians: Instead of a clear yes or no, you get to hear: “This is in In this context, a very legitimate question, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for it, because it gives me the opportunity ... "

    Here someone does not want to commit themselves and avoids a clear position. Either because he does not have his own opinion or does not want to make it public, but more often because he does not want to come out with the truth and instead tries to distract you from the topic.

Recognizing Lies: How Face and Body reveal untruths

Admittedly there are some pretty clever liars, in which the untruth has almost become flesh and blood, who not only lie without blushing, but for whom it is almost impossible to see when they twist the truth again.

Fortunately, these professional swindlers are the exception and you probably have it with you in everyday life average casual liars to do, which you can often see the flair - most likely directly in the face.

However, you should also pay attention to the overall situation and not everyone under general suspicion the lie that shows any of the following signs. This is often caused by stress and nervousness, as they arise when lying - but can also be caused by other circumstances.

Before you accuse the other party of lying, you should therefore consider whether your interlocutor is possibly dating other reasons is nervous or whether he's lying to you boldly.

We have Signs from which you can recognize the lies - but also show what you should pay attention to in order not to accuse anyone wrongly:

  1. Eyes and mouth don't say the same thing

    Words are relatively easy to influence and bend to steer a conversation in a desired direction or to twist the truth for your own benefit. It is difficult, however, to reproduce what has been said with the eyes. This is particularly clear, for example, with a laugh, which can appear very warm in the lower half of the face - as long as the eyes do not laugh too, it is not meant honestly, but merely played.

    Attention: Malicious intent is not always hidden behind this behavior. In some situations you feel like you have to smile or laugh when you are not being honest. This is the case, for example, if you don't want to put someone in an uncomfortable situation. The eyes do not radiate the smile in this case either, but it is lie in this case a nice touch.

  2. There is a lot of blinking

    We all blink, but the way and especially the frequency can be seen as an indication of a lie. If your interlocutor blinks noticeably often or many times in quick succession, this can show that he is not really taking the truth very seriously. Because some people naturally blink more often than others, this is most likely to be noticed when you know the person better and have a rough idea of ​​how often they blink normally.

    Attention: There are many external influences that can cause increased and frequent blinking. This ranges from increased eye strain, for example because the person concerned has just read long and concentrated, to poor and dry air that irritates the eyes.

  3. The cheeks blush

    The classic among the signs of a lie: If you blush, you are ashamed of something and are probably very well aware of your own lie. The blushing is not always very pronounced, but in most cases it is easy to see. The advantage of unmasking a lie this way: It can hardly be suppressed. While you can try to hold back other gestures, the red cheeks reveal the untruth anyway.

    Attention: Here, too, a little caution is advised, because as with blinking, there are different triggers for flushing cheeks. It is possible that the other person is uncomfortable with the whole situation or that your question is too personal or that an answer is embarrassing for them.

  4. The interlocutor keeps his distance

    Since most people tend to feel uncomfortable with a lie, many unconsciously try to widen the distance so as not to be so close to the other person while lying boldly in their face. This can be expressed by taking a small step back, leaning back slightly on the chair, but also by crossing your arms in front of your chest, which creates a greater distance.

    Attention: The best way to spot a lie from a distance is to have a benchmark. Some people generally respect the area of ​​a conversation partner very much and therefore stand a little further away. Also note the general conditions. Leaning back in the chair can also show that it is feeling comfortable and superior at the moment.

  5. The hand is held in front of the face

    If the other person puts their hand in front of their face and thus covers their mouth or part of their face, this is often an unconscious attempt to protect themselves. In other words, he feels vulnerable right now because he has told you a lie and is now hoping that you won't notice. The good news: if you feel so uncomfortable about a lie that you want to hide, you are actually of a good character.

    Attention: Another possible explanation: Too much honesty - the exact opposite of a lie. It can be a reflex when something slipped out that you would have preferred to keep to yourself. Almost like trying to grab the spoken word with your hands to keep it from coming out.

  6. He moves too much

    The nervousness that many feel when lying - especially if it is a bit bigger - is often shown by movements of the body. Everyone knows the nervous feeling: You don't know what to do with yourself, you get fidgety, you can neither stand nor sit. If you notice such behavior in the other person, he or she just feels visibly uncomfortable in his own skin, which can speak for a lie. A quick glance of the eyes is also particularly noticeable, almost as if one were hoping for help from somewhere.

    Attention: The changes that occur in the body of your counterpart are particularly relevant. Whoever moves a lot by nature does not automatically show a lie. However, if additional impulses suddenly occur - for example in response to a question - you should pay attention.

  7. He disguises his own statements with his hands

    I'm not quite sure anymore, but ..., If I remember correctly… or To the best of my knowledge ... can often be harbingers of a lie. These are often supported by moving the hands, which are guided through the air, making indistinct gestures and thus further obscuring what is being said.

    What is said and body language tries to keep a way out to pull the head out of the noose in case the lie should be exposed. The excuse is then immediately available - I told you, I'm not sure and I didn't know exactly anymore ...

    Attention: Not only liars, but also shy people often use these formulations and gestures. The answers can then be entirely honest, but are given less directly.

  8. Your interlocutor cleans up

    Suddenly there seem to be more important things that grab your interlocutor's attention. Interestingly, they are absolute nonsense - instead of being completely with you with his attention, utensils such as writing utensils or the calendar are moved from A to B.

    Attention: If you think you might just spot someone lying, consider the situation. If the person is tidying up their desk and is on their way to an appointment shortly before the end of the working day, clearing doesn't have to be related to lies.

  9. The eyes are significantly enlarged

    Wide-open eyes are associated with panic and fear, but also with surprise. If your interlocutor's eyes widen after one of your questions, there are some indications that they would rather not answer them and perhaps already frantically come up with a suitable answer - which probably does not have much to do with the unpleasant truth that they are trying to withhold from you Has.

    Attention: Dilated pupils are not always easy to recognize and the difference is usually difficult to tell, especially for the layperson. Another indication of whether you are being served a made-up answer is the time elapsed between your question and the following answer. Few liars are good enough to answer like a shot. It takes most of them a moment to figure out the lie.

  10. The body language is atypical

    In order to be able to judge this, you not only need good powers of observation, you also need to know the person you are talking to well. Typically, we mirror the behavior of our interlocutor - the mirror neurons are responsible for this. You can recognize your counterpart while lying, if he or she no longer reflects your gestures. One possible explanation is that too much energy is being put into acting otherwise unsuspiciously.

    Attention: Again, there may be other explanations, such as a lack of sympathy. In addition, if the conversation is short, there may be a lack of opportunity to look closely at the other person's behavior.

  11. The person opposite is sweating profusely

    This signal is often accompanied by flushing of the face and other symptoms, such as swallowing more often or trembling of the body. Physical reactions such as sweating or an increased pulse rate are ultimately what are measured in the lie detector test and are typical signs of a lie.

    Attention: However, sweating in and of itself is not proof. High temperatures in summer, hormonal causes, an infection or the embarrassment of the situation itself can lead to a person sweating more. However, you should be suspicious if the other person has to help with the handkerchief while he or she answers you.

You can tell lies by these acoustic characteristics

Observing body language, facial expressions and micro-gestures is one thing - but if you want to recognize lies, you don't just need one good powers of observation. It is true that the eyes are the mirror of the soul, but it is a common mistake to just look carefully into the face of the person you are speaking to and ignore other sensory impressions.

Switching from one foot to the other is already nervous, playing with your hands or clinging them so convulsively to the back of a chair that the white ankles protrude - clear signals that something is wrong not through staring eye contact be noticed.

Acoustic features can be particularly helpful in recognizing lies. Instead of just looking, you should listen very carefully and pay attention not only to the content, but to small subtleties and differences. Clear throat, an unexpected halt, a long drawn out one Ummthat you can almost hear your thoughts rattling.

Somebody here wants them Postpone answer and buy yourself more time. A lie is just not as easy to cross as the truth. Especially if it is a spontaneous untruth that was not dealt with in advance.

For many, the Voice pitch significantly higher when lyingwhich can be a tell-tale sign that the other person is not really serious about you. In addition, the rhythm of speech and intonations change. Small differences that mean that what is said sounds strange, suspicious or simply different. The fact that your interlocutor wants to act out something is shown in his voice.

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January 23, 2021Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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