Detecting Body Language Lies With Neurolinguistic Programming.
The Linguistics of lying
If you're that intent on being a mind reader, or you simply wish to perform party tricks. You might be interested in set of body language signals known as Visual Accessing Cues. The catch? They must be right-handed (else the signals and movements are reversed).
The term visual accessing cues was first discussed in the book, "Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)" by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. They found that when asked a question a normally "organized person" tends to repeat the same eye directions in association with the same emotion.
Emotions that can be deciphered by decoding Visual Access Cues are:
- Visually Constructed Images and Visually Remembered Images.
- Auditory Constructed and Auditory Remembered
- Kinestetic (e.g Pain) and what is known as Internal Dialogue.
Having tried this myself on numerous occasions, I can attest that it seems to work most of the time. I like surprising people with a party trick that works with this information (which I will mention later). Personally, there are some people with whom it will work 100% of the time. Others can be impossible to read.
Visual Accessing Cues
The directions discussed refer to the direction in which the eyes go when answering a question, or simply thinking.
- Up and to the Left : Visually Constructed Images. Asking you to imagine a crocodile with fangs and wings.
- Up and to the Right : Visually Remembered Images. Asking you to picture your favourite painting.
- Left : Auditory Constructed. What the sound of a plant screaming may sound like? (assuming you haven't heard one scream before of course)
- Right : Auditory Remembered. Kalinka-Kalinka-Kalinka Moya, hey!
- Down and to the Left : Kinesthetic. What did it feel like when you last got a paper cut?
- Down and to the Right : Internal Dialogue. Talking to yourself. What should I do now? Where should I go?
Trying it out.
See if it works for you! Or better yet, ask a friend or family member questions and look at the outcome.
The party trick I use is as follows. I ask the person chosen to remember three different experiences and picture them;
- A photo a person
- A song they love
- A feeling of pain (burning seems to work well)
Whe they have chosen I ask them to discard two of the memories. I then ask them to focus intently on the remaining memory (as I study their eye movements). Some people will look at you in the eyes as they think, and will ruin the effect. Try to get them to look away.
If they chose 1. They moved their eyes up. 2. To the side. 3. Down.
Lie detection: Ask them about a memory. What did you do at your friend's house last night? If their eyes move up and to the left, they are entering the realm of Visual Constructed, and chances are, they are making it up. If, on the other hand, their eyes go to the right, they are remembering, and chances are they told you the truth!