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How to Tell if Someone is Lying Using Eye Movement - And Other Easy Methods

Updated on January 3, 2011

How to Tell if Someone is Lying

Three easy ways to determine if someone is lying to you.

1. Eye Movement

When asking a person a question about previous events they tend to move their eyes in an upwards direction. This is usually a sign that the person is retrieving visual information. They will do this unintentionally, however this is a reliable indication that they are thinking of a mental picture in their head.

This method takes a a little training, but once you know this technique, you can determine whether a person is thinking of previous situations, or making things up on the spot.

Watch peoples eyes, ask yourself if they are acting as they normally would.

2. Constant Eye Contact

Most believe that people break eye contact when they lie. However, it is quite the opposite.

In fact, a liar will always try to maintain eye contact for this reason. A liar will not move their eyes around their head, meaning they are not seeking visual confirmation of an event. Keeping eye contact can also portray sincerity.

Directing a question to a liar, which requires a solid answer regarding their surroundings can be a great technique.

Examples -

"What was on TV?"

"Who were you with?"

3. Hand Gestures

Possibly the easiest way to determine if someone is lying to you is the movements they make with their hands.  

Covering of the mouth, or scratching of the chin or nose is a classic sign that some may not be telling the whole truth.

They are unconciously trying to hide the words that are coming from their mouth.


There you have it. Three easy steps to determine if someone is lying to you.

These techniques only scratch the surface of a liars body language.

Try to tune into the other person, learn their mannerisms and spot the odd one out, this will usually be the lie.

The easiest way to master these techniques are to put them into practice. You may even catch yourself doing them after a while!

Good Luck!


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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      Voted up.

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      chspublish 7 years ago from Ireland

      Interesting ideas and information here. Thanks.

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      theglobalspirit 8 years ago

      One of our favorite new shows is "Lie to Me". It's a about a lie deception expert and forensic psychologist.

      Great hub.

      Stacey & Bobby

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      cosette 8 years ago

      thanks! nice hub. (and i'm not scratching my nose when i say that! :)