How to spot a liar or how would you know if someone is lying?

Philippines
September 18, 2012 6:48am CST
I think some professionals like Psychiatrists can tell if a person is lying, there are even some tips online that helps us see the signs..It would be nice to learn those so we can easily tell if a person is lying, that way we won't be fooled. But it could also be dangerous since it can make others good liars, knowing what NOT to do.
9 responses
@allknowing (69503)
• India
18 Sep 12
I read somewhere that when people tell lies they tend to touch their nose as it is believed that some kind of reaction is felt on the nose. You can watch this closely and I have. Yes. They do touch their nose
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
I don't know about touching the nose but maybe it's a sign too. As you have said, a kind of reaction is felt on the nose, so as a reflex action he/she touches it. Being nervous in answering questions could be a sign too.
@allknowing (69503)
• India
19 Sep 12
There are many more signs. Just search for body language and telling lies. And the truth shall be revealed!
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
Yes, your right. Some says, changing positions while sitting could be sign that he/she is lying. Inconsistencies of his/her statement, perspiring while being questioned and nervousness.
• Cebu, Philippines
16 Oct 12
Have you heard about WOMAN'S INTUITION? I have in many cases put it into practice every time I have this gut feeling that my partner is somewhere else and enjoying with somebody's arm and in many cases my intuition is correct. Sometimes I can spot liars trough their voice, how their noses move and their eyes. Through my younger years I kept on applying this ability but I have come into the point of letting it be or ignoring it just to buy peace or if the issues that is being lied upon are only petty matters I have learned to let it go. I believe in KARMA, so rely on it.
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
Yes, I have heard it too and some says that most woman who have that gut feeling or what they perceived are almost correct. Those people who can spot if someone is lying are observant. Their reaction to questioning, like perspiration, eye movement like what you have said. Fingers tapping and feeling nervous are some of the signs too.
@Eppie2010 (509)
• Philippines
9 Oct 12
Hi Stanley :) Have you watch the TV series "Lie to Me"? Almost all signs of lying were shown and explained there and it's funny since some of their examples are known politicians like Bill Clinton :). Lying has become an art for some that polygraph test are not reliable anymore makes it harder for police or legal investigation. :(
• Philippines
17 Oct 12
Sorry, but I have not seen it. Maybe there is some truth about the show, that people who are used to lying would be in the long run master it and nobody could determine if he/she is lying or not anymore. And even this polygraph testing would be peanuts for them. But there are also some professional who can really tell a person if he/she is lying or not through their actions or facial expressions.
@entrep (60)
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
Many people have good actors and actresses traits. But we can still know if the person is lying or not by simple tricks. We can use eye-to-eye contact when talking, deep instincts, and tricky questions about the situation that when rumbled up comes out with different answers. These are just basic things we could rely on on pointing someone who is lying.
• Philippines
4 Oct 12
Yes, some people are caught lying through their eyes. They can not see you straight in the eyes while being questioned. Abnormal perspiration even if the weather is cold and most of the time they are nervous if questioned. You could also spot a person in the way he/she replied in an inquiry.
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
A liar will always miss spots. Like I've read in Reader's Digest (I think Quotable Quotes?), "If you're telling the truth, you don't have to remember anything." If something does not jive in what a person is telling then you're standing before a fraud. Believe me, a liar will ALWAYS miss a spot. We're human, after all. No one's perfect. Ergo, there's no perfect liar. :)
• Philippines
4 Oct 12
Your right there's no such thing as perfect lie, one way or another truth will prevail. But professionals have a way to spot if someone is telling a lie. They can see in people's face, eyes and other uncontrolled movements.
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
I think I can spot a liar easily. I just trust my gut. A lot of people who tell lies have some kind of expression or mannerisms that they can't avoid when lying. You just have to be observant. This actually reminds me of a show that I used to like, "Lie to Me" which featured a doctor expert on spotting micro expressions as his way of knowing when a person is lying or not. It was pretty cool since it showed that we have a few gestures and expressions that we can't control when lying. People just have to see them clearly, and hear their intonation better.
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
I guess some individuals have that capability, just like you said, trusting our instinctive feeling but course sometimes it do fails too. Professionals are watchful of a person's involuntary actions if they are questioning them. Like body movements, perspiring while being interrogated and some uncontrolled responses especially when a person attempts to deceive another person.
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
Nobody ever wanted to be fooled. Not everybody has had a professional training on how to spot a lying person or not. Let's simplify it, can we not just trust anyone unless we have proven them right? That's it, unless he's one of your trusted person.
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
Yeah, your right nobody wants to be fooled so, if possible we should know how to spot signs. I think professionals do miss too unless he/she is a mind reader. Spotting signs and through experience I guess one could also knew if one is lying or not.
@Gemsoria (17)
19 Sep 12
I am happy that i am endowed with a strong gut feel and can tell if a person is lying or not. I am no psychiatrist. at least with this ability, ican pre empt possible danger or harm and can prevent from falling into some liar's trap.
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
I like how you phrase the word, that you can tell if someone is lying or not. There are few who have that capabilities. It's good if we have that foreboding ability so that we can not be fooled by others. But most professionals especially those dealing with people who have ill motives/intentions says that they could see involuntary actions/movements that would tell an individual if he/she do lies or not.
@lady1993 (20073)
• Philippines
27 Oct 12
Yes, i wanted to be a psychiatrist at one time since it s fun to study about people, their mind and their behaviors.. The only thing i know about lying is the person lying cannot look at you straight.. but some can do that, so it is not very reliable.