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How to Be Able to Tell If Someone Is Lying to You

Updated on November 7, 2014

Have you always wondered if someone is lying to you, but you just aren't sure? This hub will help you tell if someone is being completely honest, or if they are outright lying to you. Be warned, you may be shocked at who is lying, and how many times a day you are getting lied to.

On average, a person gets lied to you 10-200 times per day. Sound surprising? Well, it isn't really, if you consider all the "little white lies" we tell to our family, friends, and co-workers on a daily basis. I admit, I too tell many of the following lies to people, even though I like to think I am an honest person; maybe I'm just lying to myself though. People can do that too.

The Most Common Lies:

1. It wasn't me.

2. I am fine.

3. The check is in the mail.

4. Your baby looks so beautiful.

5. I never said that.

6. I never got the message.

7. My phone is dying.

8. Sorry we are not hiring.

9. I'm on a diet.

10. I was just teasing you.

11. I was just trying to help you.

12. I really like him or her.

13. I love you.

14. Dinner tasted great tonight.

15. Let's have dinner or lunch sometime.

Signs Someone is Lying to You:

1. The individual looks up and to the right.

2. The individual uses no pronouns.

3. The individual uses an excessive amount of pronouns.

4. They don't look at you in the eye when they are answering your question, then they look in your eye directly after answering.

5. The individual blinks way too rapidly, and too frequently.

6. They never really answer the question.

7. They look at the watch way too many times.

8. They tug at their ear way too many times.

9. Their voice goes two octaves lower.

10. Their face becomes way too itchy all of a sudden.

11. They use an excessive amount of hand gestures.

12. Their eyes start to move back-and-forth.

13. If they are smiling at you, their eyes don't smile along with their mouth.

14. Their breathing becomes accelerated.

15. Liars rarely use the words "but, nor, except, whereas".

16. Their posture becomes too straight.

17. They look away at a simple question.

18. The individual looks to uneasy at a simple question.

19. You just feel it in your gut.


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    • shanmarie profile image

      Shannon Henry 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Interesting. I've heard the signs before. But I never stopped to consider just how many times a day I might get lied to. Wow!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      When I was in police work, we were trained to look at those traits, plus a few more. It really isn't hard. One merely needs to look and listen.

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      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Besarien, that is some good tips. Thanks!

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      4 years ago

      Nice gallery of infamous liars there! Some version of "Your baby looks so beautiful" I have told myself and will again. There is almost no way around that one when some new mother asks you. I just pretend I'm talking about inner beauty when I say it because all babies no matter how drool-covered, wrinkled, blotchy, misshapen, and grouchy-looking must start out gorgeous on the inside, right?

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Vkwok!

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      Detectives could really learn from reading this hub, Alli!

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      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I agree with you 1000 percent. I always knows someone is lying when the stutter on a question and don't have a stuttering problem.

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      Sam Montana 

      4 years ago

      That is interesting SomeoneWhoKnows. I have never heard of that when it comes to lying. What would one expect to hear that is revealing?

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      4 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Reverse their recorded speech may help you. You might be awed by what you hear in reverse.

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      Sam Montana 

      4 years ago

      Interesting article. I do have a question. When you say someone could be lying to you when they look up into the right. Does that mean a persons eyes will look to the right if they are lying?

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Some good pointers there.

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      James C Moore 

      4 years ago from The Great Midwest

      I couldn't help but notice the picture of President Clinton associated with your article. Are you suggesting that he doesn't "feel our pain?"A photo of "dubya" should be included while you're featuring U.S. presidents for his words of mass deception.

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      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We've all known people who lie, and we've all lied at times. This is a good list of symptoms that tell you someone is lying to you. Never ignore that gut feeling!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      There are so many cases of congenital liars. Right now the Philippines is going through a senate hearing and I am amazed at how some people like without a shred of guilt or sense of shame at how bad they look to the public. They just pile lie upon lie. Sometimes I think it can't just be greed, but some sort of mental illness category.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      I like that you used a photo of Lance Armstrong...I am still trying to figure that guy out. I finally watched the "documentary" movie about him "The Armstrong Lie" (2013) and was left wondering more than ever what makes this guy tick?

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Keisha, I know I'm the same way too. I think some people think I'm lying when I'm not because of it. Thanks for the comment!

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You could add most politicians. This is great.

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      So would Bush and Palin.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Obama fits this to a T. Put him up there with Bill. Great hub by the way.

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      Keisha Hunter 

      4 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Love it! Lol and to think someone actually mentioned the 'baby' part...:) On another note though, I have struggled with looking people in the eyes all my life. It feels like driving with a glare if you ask me. I've been told that it is because I am (was?) shy, but not even that holds water for me. I do try to practice it, but the 'look away' is certain. Voted up, interesting indeed.

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      4 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your Hub! The "white lies" and the face expressions and gestures associated with them are real practical facts.


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