How to Tell When Someone is Lying

When it comes to crime, the natural thing for most people to do is to lie and flea from the scene of the crime. All too often, the truth catches up with the suspect and they eventually crack. There are numerous ways to detect when a person is lying. In order to be able to tell, there are a few details that you should be aware of. Lies can’t go on forever, so they have to end somewhere. A few details are quite obvious but there are a few that are harder to detect.

Lies From The Truth
When a person lies, they usually tell small lies to cover up details in a big situation or issue. One way that lies can be set aside from the truth is by asking specific questions. By doing this, the suspect will have to think harder about what lie to tell next while trying to remember the previous lies they told. Eventually, the entire story will unravel and the truth will have to be told because of inconsistencies in the suspect’s story.

Suspicious Behavior
Suspicious Behavior is also known as suspect behavior because a person acts weird or strange when they are lying. Although the suspect may not be aware, a person’s behavior and mood changes when they are lying. There are usually two ways a lie can make a suspect feel and that is guilty and distant. When a person feels guilty for the lies that they have told, they may be extremely friendly and caring or concerned. On the other hand, when the suspect really isn’t concerned about feelings or the outcome of the situation, they may become rather distant or have a hostile attitude toward you or the situation. A lot of the time, the suspect has been telling the same lies for so long that they believe that there is some sort of truth to the matter or that it is justified. This type of behavior will be a lot easier to detect if you are close to this person.

Rising Stress Levels
Everyone has a stress level and when a person is lying, this level rises by a tremendous amount. A person who is fibbing the truth will be a lot more stressed out than a person who is not. Most people who commit a crime are cool, calm and collected until the heat is on and they are sitting in the hot chair. When this happens, the suspect will replay each detail of the crime from beginning to end numerous times and try to figure out a lie for each detail that they can recall so that they can be out of the hot seat and draw attention to someone else. That is one reason for the rise in the stress levels and the other is that they know who did the crime but they are afraid of that person or it is a person who is very dear and close to them. No matter what situation is the truth, the level of stress will say a lot about the suspect.

Subject Avoiding
This is one detail that many people are aware of and it is known as subject avoiding. When this happens, a person will do everything in their power not to answer the question at hand or avoid talking about the situation altogether. This may be a detail that is hard to tell if the suspect is discreet about it or just doesn’t mind talking about it. Many people will avoid the subject because discussing it means that they may have to go into detail about certain portions of their story and provide answers to questions in great detail and that is something that they are not prepared or willing to do.

Body Language
Body language is a vital part when detecting if a suspect is lying. Body language tells a story without the person speaking a word. A few signs to look for are touching the nose, looking up, looking to the right, and giving themselves the self squeeze. The self squeeze is easy to spot because the suspect will hold themselves as if they were giving or receiving a hug. Another detail that you don’t want to miss out on is the innocent look. This is another part of body language that is given off when a person is lying. This look is also rather easy to spot because the suspect will try and give a childish look as if they have done nothing wrong or as if they don’t understand what they have done.

The Look-Away
The look away is when a person looks everywhere in their surroundings except at you. A lot of suspects will not look another person in the eye if they are lying or hiding something. Because of this, they may also begin to sweat a lot and stutter.


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