How To Detect Lies


Recent studies have shown that an average person has approximately 54% chance of catching deception. Here are some gestures to detect lies. Keep in mind, each one of the following gestures should be used in context, and multiple gestures should be recognized to detect a lie.

To detect deceptive messages you should learn to understand the following gestures.

Gesture #1 – Closed Hands- Closed hands can be interpreted as a sign of closed-mindedness, submission or defensiveness, which are all states of mind that can be related to lies. Most people find it hard to lie while their hands are open. 

Gesture #2: Locked Ankles – Locked ankles is interpreted as closed mindedness, submissive, or defensive which are all state of minds that can be related to lies. Keep in mind; leg crossing should be read in context and in groups of other body language gestures.

Gesture #3: Create a Barrier – A person who is dishonest may use objects such as a bag or a cup to create a barrier between the two of you.

Gesture #4: Denying Eye Contact – Denying eye contact is often a sign of discomfort. Usually people make eye contact for about half of the conversation, so if you notice their eyes constantly wavering, especially during a touchy subject, you may be dealing with a liar. 

Gesture #5: Covering Mouth – Covering mouth is usually a sign of discomfort and can be related to stress. When you notice someone suddenly covering their mouth or rubbing their chin, it’s usually a sign they are uncomfortable.

Gesture #6: Rubbing lower eyelid – Rubbing lower eyelid is like saying: “I’m not so sure about what has been said.” The deeper the finger rubs, the greater the discomfort and disbelief with what is being said or heard.

Gesture #7: Touching the Nose – Research shows that, when a person is dishonest, they tend to touch their nose often. The theory behind touching the nose gesture is to mimic the person covering their mouth as if they are telling lies.

Additional Cues to Spot Lies

Speaking slowly: While telling a lie the speaker will talk slower to make up events.

Lower tones: The tone of voice changes when lying. Listen for high or low tone pitches than normal speaking during a particular point of the conversation.

Speech hesitation: while thinking up a lie to fit the occasion.

Blinking will increase from the normal 10 blinks per minute to up to 60.

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