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How can you tell when a person is lying?

I want to know how you can tell a person is lying when asking questions in person

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One way to tell if a person is lying is to see if they act defensively to your questions, try to change the subject quickly, or are hard to make eye contact with

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Are you trying to say "lying?" If so, then some things I've heard are if the person won't look you in the eye or seems defiant, or if they look to the left. I don't know why the left, but supposedly that's a dead giveaway.

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My bad for the spelling
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haha 'salright
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If you look up and to the left that is accessing the imaginative part of the brain that is a tip that someone is trying to think of something to say (i.e. lie). However, nothing always works for everyone. Suround yourself with honest people.
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But if they are left handed then they may look right.
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by the way there story changes, and gets more elaborate, and they fidget a lot and look around, body language and voice fluctuation and much more.

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usually people laugh or not look at u in the eye, they change subjects or stutter and say ummm, they get sweaty...bt not all people are like that so dont say that all are lying when they show the symptoms..like u cn never look people in the eye...sad

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look at his eyes, but if he is kinda professional then its difficult to find out.

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find out the truth.

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The really good liars will look u straight in the eye and convince you of it...maybe scratch their neck or face....& want u to believe their lie before they part with you.--oh and call u 'baby' and 'honey' a lot. :)

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when they can't look at you and they try to avoid the subject.

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if it is a politician, just check to see if his lips are moving.

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If a person can't look you straight in the eye
If they are "fidgety" (especially with their fingers)
If they stutter upon their words (no flow)

BUT...Some people are SUCH good liars that they actually believe what they are saying is the truth so some are pretty hard to crack.

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1.) When they can not make eye contact with you.
2.) When they are explaining something and use the word umm then continue.
3.) When they are constantly moving their fingers around a lot.
4.) And if they stutter when speaking with their words not like they normally do.
Hope Cookie's answer helped you Never_Lame...

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if u know the person then it should be easy but a lot of time people twitch in a way that they only do when they are lying so ask them questions and watch for the twitch and that's how you figure out if they are lying or not.

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by how they are
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When their eyes shift towards the left, when talking to you.

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they get red or they talk fast

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when they can't look at u in Ur eyes and genuinely tell the truth.wen they use a lot of repetitive words

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its all different signs. scratching, wondering eyes, getting mad when they told you one think and you're thinking the other, nail biting, shunning themselves... MAYBE the last one...

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look into their eyes

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My brother plays with his fingers like crazy when he tells a lie. And he gets really mad/angry.

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They can't look you in the eye for extended periods of time...details tend to be vague.

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one way that you can tell if their lying is if they never look directly at you during the entire conversation another way is if they always play with their hands or start to sweat

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well normally they look at the left and when i see my friends do that im like "YOUR NOT TELLING THE TRUTH!" and they're all "OhmyGosh! are you a wizard?" (:

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Just look at them right in the eye, turn your head a little while still looking at them, and say "Are you sure??" kinda smiling, all while playing Gold On The Ceiling by Black Keys and wearing awesome aviator glasses. ;)

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They say, "To be perfectly honest..."

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I f they did not look directly to your eyes

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there pulse speeds up
#tips from a sexi freshman<3

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Like Judge Judy says, When their mouths are moving...

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They don't look you in the eyes.

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Their palm's sweat and their pupils dilate.

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Unless a person is pathologically inclined to lie, there are a few telltale signs. First of all, when someone is lying, their eyes will briefly shift to the left. That is the imaginative side of the brain(so they are searching for a story line) 2nd: Most of their sentences will begin with a stutter or an uh. A third tell tale sign is answering your questions with a question. To buy time to think up a lie.

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Seems to be right on target to me.
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this is cool, i never knew that.
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also if they are holding something inbetween you such as a glass of water or somthing that they already have in there hand

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Their lips move! Okay, that's old~mnot funny! They say that they cannot look you in the eye, if they are lying. Unless you are talking to someone like me, who never looks anybody in the eyes, but that's rare.

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If a person is lying, their eyes may become unfocused and shift back and forth as you are talking to them. They will also squirm a little, and if you pay close attention their tone of voice may become higher and their face will flush red.

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you can tell if a person is lying based off what they are saying like hey i have a brand new car knowing you know that person you know he is lying


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you can tell if a person is lying when they dont look directly at you and look some where else.If they walk away from you or running away from you then that's also how you can tell a person is lying.If these people you think are lying to you and are nervous then they are lying

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There voice sounds different

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they will never look at you in the eye. unless they can. there voice sounds kind of different, like shaky and scared. and their facial expressions go blank, other times you may just get the feeling in your gut. that's how I know.

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Me too
I believe in my gut feelings
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Look at there face

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I believe, when you're talking to a person, if they can't look you in the eye, something isn't kosher.

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Start off by asking questions that you know the answer to and gradually get to the question you are really wanting to know the answer to. If there is a difference in the way they answer ... that is your first clue! If they become defensive is another clue. Also, if with their answer they begin with ..."Let me be clear"... you can always be prepared for a lie!!!

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1 Body movements
2 They don't look you in the eye
3 Act unusual of how they speak and act unusual itself.

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You change the subject and if they go back to the topic and insist it's true, they may be for real. But if they move on and avoid the topic, they are probably lying.

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Whenever their lips are moving.

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They usually look down and away from their dominant hand. If they look up, it is probably the truth.
(Most people are right-handed).

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If they won't look you in the eye.

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They stutter

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Hold their wrist in your fingers like you do when taking their pulse, have them look you in the eyes and force them to answer your question. Usually the taking their pulse breaks them down. They just can't tell the lie. They feel they have been caught, and most likely have. If they are telling the truth, they will never take their eyes from you or try to take their wrist from your hand. You can also take their pulse by putting your fingers on their throat and checking via the carotid artery. If you are just asking them without them knowing that you are trying to find out if they're lying, then many suggestions have already been taken. Looking to the left, stammering, using ummm a lot, asking another question without answering, etc.

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We are all liable to assume a truthful person is lying or a liar is telling the truth if we rely on the simple rules people described. I used to believe some of them too. But after reading the following link from the FBI it sounds like this whole thing is a LOT more complicated!!! Check it out:
http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/june_2011/school_violence

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If someones right eye moves (THEIR RIGHT) or it makes a movement, they are lying. Why? The brains right side it to come up with ideas. If their LEFT eye moves to the left or makes a movement, they are telling the truth because their memory is on the left side of their brain. Test it out with anyone and don't even tell em what you're doing. I guarantee it works.

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Won't meet eyes, sweat on the forehead, trembling fingers and/or bottom lip all common lying "symptoms".

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my question to you is why are you worrying about the person lying? do you have reason to believe that the person is lying? i am not saying this to hurt your feelings it's just that i can be a very paranoid person and sometimes worry that people are lying to me. especially in a relationship. it's the trust thing i guess. i have to learn to trust or i will always be afraid. if the person has not given you any reason to believe they are lying then try not to worry. and i hope that i will be able to trust more if there is no lie where i think there is one

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no eyes contact:)

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By the look at their eyes, and no eye contact!

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If they dont ;look you in the eye at least once :) or their lip will twitch

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Is this about your girlfriend? Last week you said she kept accusing you of cheating and most of us said it was probably due to the fact she was cheating on you? Just curious

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one simple thing is dat they dont act according to what they say..e.g. they will say yes but move their head in the maner of no !! read some buks on body language n u'll come 2 know!

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look them in the eye!

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When their eyes shift to the left, and they cannot look you straight in the eyes.

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Person generally will not make eye contact.

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well they are lying

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They stumble on their words. They don't look you into your eyes. Their voice gets higher.

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right handed people look to the left when lying and left handed people look to the right

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through their eye contact.... gestures, selections of words....movements of hands...feet... confidence... pitch of voice...

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if they seem nervous and rub their hands together and look of to the left a lot thats a red flag

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it matters most of the times they will move there iye brows or bit there nails

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They look up and to the left. And also have a LOT to say. A fairly simple story could go on for quite longer than it needs to.

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check if they r making eye contact
do they want to talkk
confidence
loudness of voice
gestures

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when they don't look at u when your talking to them

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Stab 'em in the foot

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