Suspect Someone is Lying to You
10 Ways to Catch a Liar
Experts have 10 tips that can let you know if someone isn't telling you the whole truth.
By Heather Hatfield
WebMD Feature Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
J.J. Newberry was a trained federal agent, skilled in the art of deception detection. So when a witness to a shooting sat in front of him and tried to tell him that when she heard gunshots she didn't look, she just ran -- he knew she was lying.
How did Newberry reach this conclusion? The answer is by recognizing telltale signs that a person isn't being honest, like inconsistencies in a story, behavior that's different from a person's norm, or too much detail in an explanation.
While using these signs to catch a liar takes extensive training and practice, it's no longer only for authorities like Newberry. Now, the average person can become adept at identifying dishonesty, and it's not as hard as you might think. Experts tell WebMD the top ten ways to let the truth be known.
Tip No. 1: Inconsistencies
Tip No. 2: Ask the Unexpected
Behavior Changes and Gut Reactions
Tip No. 3: Gauge Against a Baseline
Tip No. 4: Look for Insincere Emotions
Tip No. 5: Pay Attention to Gut Reactions
Tip No. 6: Watch for Microexpressions
Contradictions and Too Much Detail
Tip No. 7: Look for Contradictions
Tip No. 8: A Sense of Unease
Tip No. 9: Too Much Detail
Tip No. 10: Don't Ignore the Truth
"It's more important to recognize when someone is telling the truth than telling a lie because people can look like they're lying but be telling truth," says Newberry.
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