Spy Escape & Evasion
Can you tell when a person is telling you the truth or not? Here are thirteen pointers from Jason Hanson of what to look for in conversations to determine “truth or lie.”
- Never start a conversation with a suspect making an accusation. Begin your conversation with other simple comments. Ask a few questions you already know the answer to and watch the other person’s body language to get a baseline “normal.”
- Watch the feet – what position are they in? Are they still or moving? Honest responses in conversation should show no change of direction or movement of the feet. If they change direction like they are preparing to get away or if they begin to jiggle or shake, there’s an issue.
- A person may say they’re cold. Blood rushes to the heart in preparation for the “fight or flight” response, leaving the extremities chilled.
- Often an accused guilty person will freeze. They do not want to attract attention, so they make no arm or hand movements like you normally see during conversations.
- Guilty feelings can also be seen when the person retracts from you and doesn’t touch you.
- Sometimes they squint as if blocking out negativity.
- Watch for staring too hard at you. Often, in an attempt to convince you of their truthfulness, the lying person will make too much eye contact, appearing to stare.
- Liars put objects between you and them. They may pick up and hold objects like a pillow or whatever is laying around. They may walk behind a desk or chair.
- In response to a question, a liar will speak the denial words first and then move the head. Be on the lookout for involuntary gestures, as if the body is protesting to the lie.
- Liars answer all your questions, some not directly, and they ask none of their own.
- They hate silence, often answering your questions and going on a long discussion, which may not have anything to do with you question. You should ask the question, wait for the answer and just keep quiet.
- Watch the eyes. In conversation, looking up to the left indicates recalling things from memory, looking up and to the right means creating answers. You may also see a momentary flicker of true emotions in the eyes, they may look away the they tell a lie.
- The dead give-away is the extreme over-reaction. The guilty person may become exaggerated in their responses or they may launch a big denial or counter attack. This is an attempt to convince you of the errors of your thoughts. Don’t fall for it.
Billie Nicholson, Editor