So you think someone might be lying to you but you are not completely sure? Here a few signs the experts say you should look for if you suspect someone of being less than truthful.
Watch their Eyes
Avoiding Eye Contact: People who are lying will often avoid making eye contact. They might focus on something else in the room or may seem to get distracted easily.
Too Much Eye Contact: Ironically, people who are aware of the above telltale factor might overcompensate and do the opposite to the extreme. For example, they might stare at you too long or too intensely, might not blink at normal intervals or their eyes might open wider than usual.
Direction of Eye Movement When Lying: It has been said that the direction a person moves their eyes while talking can tell if a person is stating a fact or being “creative.”
For example: If a person were to look up and to the left (from their point of view – which is the opposite of yours remember) it usually means they are seeing an actual “true” image of a statement they are making. However if they were to look up and to the right they would be “seeing” a factitious image they are making up. The same goes when looking down. Looking down and to the left means “true” – looking down and to the right means “fake.” It has to do with the part of the brain the person is using when coming up with the mental image to match their words. Is the mental picture factual (left) or “creative” (right)? (Be careful with this one however, it doesn’t work for all people or in all situations.)
Expression In Their Eyes: If a person is being truthful, their entire facial expression will usually match the words coming out of their mouth. For example, if you ask someone how they are doing and they say “good” followed by a smile – that smile should not only affect their mouth, but also their jaw/cheek movement and be reflected in their eyes as well.
Touching Their Face: If the person keeps touching places on their face such as their chin, their noise or their mouth they may not telling you the truth.
Hair: If a person scratches the top of their head or plays with their hair, these might be other signs that they are telling a lie.
Crossing Their Arms: Quite often, in an unconscious desire to protect themselves, a person might cross their arms and seem like they are withdrawing themselves from the question or the situation.
Get Fidgety: Another body language clue might be if the person has a hard time keeping still. If they keep shifting their weight from side to side or walking around doing meaningless and distracting tasks as they are talking.
How They Speak
Change the Subject: Another sign that someone might be lying to you is if they try to avoid a question altogether by attempting to change the subject to something totally unrelated.
Giving Too Much Information: If the person starts babbling or talking fast and starts giving way too much information because they are trying to sound extra convincing, this could be another telltale sign.
Become Overfriendly or Trying To Establish A Bond: If someone you hardly know starts acting like your best friend or tries to share intimate personal details with you, they might have ulterior motives. For example, if you are trying to get a straight answer from a contractor or sales person and they suddenly start talking about their wife and kids trying to form a common bond with you, you might want to be on your guard.
It is important to remember that none of the above signals guarantees that a person is absolutely lying to you. It might simply be a coincidence or that they are uncomfortable with the subject being discussed in general.
Obviously, the better you know the person, the better equipped you will be in noticing changes in their normal mode of behavior. Be sure to have enough of the facts before accusing anyone however, so it doesn’t backfire on you.