It’s possible to determine if that person is lying to you just by carefully watching for clues.

According to Sheri and Bob Stritof, authors of “Your Guide to Marriage” on About.com, there are specific verbal and nonverbal clues we all give when we tell a fib. While few people would exhibit all of these, it’s the rare person who can tell a lie and not exhibit some of them.

  • Touching the chin or rubbing the brow
  • Crossed arms or legs
  • Playing with hair
  • A line of perspiration on the brow if it isn’t a warm day
  • Saying “no” several times
  • Continually denying accusations
  • Being extremely defensive
  • Providing more information and specifics than necessary
  • Inconsistencies in what is being shared
  • Body language and facial expressions don’t match what is being said such as saying “no,” but nodding the head up and down
  • Smugness
  • Placing a barrier, such as a desk or chair, in front of self
  • Uncommon calmness
  • Unwillingness to touch spouse during conversation
  • Being hesitant
  • Slouching posture
  • Rigidity or fidgeting
  • Differing behaviors; not acting in a usual fashion
  • Unnatural or limited arm and hand movements
  • Partial shrug
  • Lack of finger pointing
  • Unusual voice fluctuations, word choice, sentence structure
  • Stalling the conversation by repetitive use of pauses and comments like “um” or “you know”
  • Lack of use of contractions; prefers emphasizing “not” when talking
  • Avoidance of eye contact, eyes glancing to the right, staring past you, or turning away from you while talking.

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