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Effective Lie Detection

Updated on March 10, 2012

What a phrase I read of Robert Louis Stevenson

“The Cruelest Lies are often told in Silence “

This quote evokes my thought how it could be possible and why he said such a thing. Then I realized it is the fact that he speaks. It happen lots of time then when someone is lying to us we are just getting to his words not the real meaning behind those words. While this actually happens that the words we choose to express our feelings provide a window to our feelings. Whenever we tries to deceive, we choose some specific words, phrases that we think will convey the truth in our message. Here comes the imitation, which needs to be detected if we concentrate deeply.


Most of the time it happens to us that, when we walk into our offices in the morning some says Good Morning and we respond with the same word Good Morning not saying Hello. Why is this so? This is because we don’t usually take interest in making the effort to think and we just reply back with the same greeting. Just like this when someone who is lying and caught off guard , he replies using the same words the other person use but in the negative form like “did you cheat on me ?” the liars answer is “ No I didn’t cheat on you.” One more thing the feeling of guilty wants his answer come out very fast because if he makes any delay he feels to be guiltily.

The skilled interrogator also uses a rule about the contractions such as, when a suspect use contractions like “it wasn’t” me not “It was not me” there is a 60% chance of his truthfulness the logic behind that is: the guilty person didn’t want to use the contractions in the statement of their innocence because they want to emphasize on NOT. A person who is saying the truth is not really concerned about that whether you understand him or not. He just wanted to clarify his statement. While the liar always wants you to understand his point immediately so that he can change the subject and no further question will be asked.

That’s all for now I think this is a useful piece of knowledge to be aware from the liars in the society. I would like to share more aspects about detecting a lie later.


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