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How to Detect a Lie

Updated on February 24, 2013

How to be a lie detector

Although I’m not much of a gambler, I have found that in some situations gambling techniques such as reading people’s faces can be extremely beneficial. I was taught this technique as a valuable sales tool. This allows me to see who is giving me straight answers and who is wasting my time. A person’s eyes will reveal many things. One of the biggest signs that indicate you are being lied to is the lack of eye contact. Here are some helpful tips on how to tell if you’re getting an honest answer or not. Keep in mind these methods are not always 100% accurate, and you will need to practice some discernment, common sense and gut instincts, but for the most part this system is pretty darn accurate. I’m sure you’ll have fun testing this out.

I already have mentioned the first red flag that being the avoidance of any eye contact. Next, ask the person a series of questions that you not only know the answers to, but know that they will answer accurately and honestly. These can be silly little questions such as, how many cards are in a deck of cards, or what’s your favorite ice cream flavor, etc. The key is to see which direction they move their eyes as they answer the questions. Everyone is different, as some may move their eyes to the right and some to the left. After you have one, asked enough questions that you know they are honestly answering, and two, have identified the direction pattern of their eye movement, you can ask the big question. If they move their eyes in the opposite direction, chances are they are giving you a big fat lie.

I wish I could remember the science of what is going on with the brain as this is all happening, but all I know is that I have tested it out and was surprised that it does work. It made me feel a little more confident as to whether or not I was getting straight answers or not. Although this was taught to me in a sales training seminar, it can obviously be applied in any situation that requires an honest answer. So try it out today and let me know how you made out!


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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      I saw someone on tv lie to a little kid the other day and the minute he opened his mouth I knew it was a lie. I thought "Why did he do that why didn't he just tell the truth." Can't trust someone that lies about every little thing.

      Good Hub.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Of course I don't mind, thanks so much for the link. I can't wait to check your hub out. Heading there right now.

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      Susan Miles 6 years ago

      Great hub rpalulis! I've used this hub as a link in my new hub "Gossip, Secrets and Lies" I hope you dont mind. I like to use my followers hubs as links whenever possible.

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      Powerpoe1 6 years ago

      Interesting read...So, true! During your sales presentations you can ->>>>> put it all into perspective.

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      daffodil2010 6 years ago

      wow, this is an interesting hub, thanks for sharing

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      ChristineVianello,telling the truth all the time is a good thing! Thanks for giving this hub a read and commenting. Hope your having a fantastic day- Rob

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      I love it! This is why I always tell the truth.

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      That is good information to know! Now that my daughter is a teenager, I think I will put this to good practice!

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      profsear, Yes! your feed back is always welcomed. I was taught a lot of this information through sales training seminars and from personal experience. You can find out a lot by just paying attention to ones expressions, tone, eye movement. Body language is a very interesting thing, that one does without even thinking.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Lononlady,back in my younger days I would get pulled over quite often my the police for speeding of something stupid like a rolling stop at a stop sign, and though I had not been drinking they would always shine that flash light like an inch from my eyeball and say "why your pupils dilated son have you been drinking tonight" No! you your shining a bright light into my eyeball! Man I use to hate that! Sorry to get off topic your comment reminded me of that. I am so glad you dropped by to read my hub on how to be a lie detector, it really is neat to see this work out. Take Care and thanks commenting.

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      Laura Writes 7 years ago

      I knew about the whole "direction of the eye movement" ...but never about the questioning your subject technique. I guess this is where the stereotype for the "shine the bright light in the subject's face when questioning him" came from! Good hub

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      Wow its amazing , i really enjoyed and learned , you address great things. Thanks and i vote up this page .

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      It is unfortunate that people would lie at all, isn't it? I think you are right though, that eye contact can tell a lot. Great points, thanks for sharing!

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Body language is a science on its own, in my humble opinion. Good tips to keep in mind, Thanx.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      This is great knowledge. It reminds me of that show Lie to Me. I will be watching eyes more closely from now on. Thanks for a good hub.

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      My grandma always said, if they can't look you right in the eye you can't trust um....and to this day, I demand eye contact, and it's fun to watch them Great hub thumbs up

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      It's amazing what you can pick up on when studying reactions, tones, eye contact etc. Well have fun, and thanks for the comment

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh wait till I test this on my kids... I'll let you know about the outcome. Plus I've read somewhere that people give more details when telling the truth and if not the answer is short and vague. Great Hub! Thanks and Peace :)