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Never get Fooled: Body Signs showing that someone is Lying to You

Talking to someone who you think may be lying can be an uncomfortable experience. You may have difficulty focusing on the conversion, instead wondering just how well you can trust them.

Dr. Leanne ten Brinke of the Haas School of Business at the University of California has undertaken recent research that suggests humans have pre-set instincts for detecting liars; however this is often overridden by our conscious minds.

Instead of relying on our underlying instincts, it’s possible to determine whether someone is telling the whole truth by keeping a look out for a few key signs. In fact, research shows that learning about human lie detection can improve your ability to spot deception by up to 90%, which is a high increase when considering most humans are only 54% accurate when spotting lies according to the Science of People.

Ideally, you’ll already have a basic understanding of how the person in question usually acts in social situations. This shouldn’t be a problem if they are a friend or relative whom you regularly interact with. Dr. Lillian Glass, a behavioral analyst who has previously worked with the FBI to determine deception in suspects, suggests that once you understand a person’s normal behavior, it’s easier to pick up on uncharacteristic expressions, body language or attitude to conversation.

Head Positioning.

You may notice the person make a sudden head movement when asked a direct question, such as a jerk, retraction or tilt. Glass explains in her book, ‘The Body Language of Liars’ that this often happens just before they would usually respond to the question.


Glass describes heavy breathing as a ‘reflex action’, commonly associated with lying. If you’re not close enough to hear or feel the individual’s breath, watch their shoulders, which will rise and listen to their voice, which may become shallow, unclear or cracked. Essentially, the person is experiencing breathlessness due to their increased heart rate and changes in their blood flow, which is caused by the pressure of lying. This also occurs when humans are nervous or tense.


While we may associate nervousness with fidgeting or shakiness, Glass explains that you should be just as wary of those who do not move at all. She elaborates by claiming this may be related to the human ‘fight or flight’ instinct, specifically the option to ‘fight’. As a result of this instinct, the body tenses itself in preparation for potential confrontation.

When engaging in regular discussion, humans usually move casually, subtly relaxing, swaying or experiencing unconscious movements. Therefore, someone with a rigid demeanor is emitting a warning that something isn’t quite right.


Repetitiveness may occur when someone is trying to convince you of their point, in an attempt to ‘drill it in’ to your mind. They may also be trying to reassure themselves that the lie could be considered true. Glass uses the example of a person repeating the phrase ‘I didn’t’, as if this will somehow excuse them from the responsibility of their supposed action.

It is also a technique used by liars to buy time to create a more elaborate story.


Liars will often over-compensate by providing too much information. When a person reels off an elaborate tale that may not even have been requested, it’s a clear sign they are trying to convince you their story is true. Glass suggests that by openly talking, others will believe what they have to say.

Covering the Mouth.

Someone who is lying may automatically cover their mouth with their hands when they are reluctant to respond to a question or issue. The connotation of covering the lips is clear, even when done subconsciously. It is a direct message that they are shutting down all communication and have no intention of telling the truth.

Covering Vulnerable Areas.

Similarly, a dishonest person may cover areas that they consider vulnerable, such as the throat, head, chest or abdomen. Glass refers to her own experiences working in a courtroom setting, where defendants would often cover their throat upon hearing an uncomfortable testimony.

Dr. Lillian Glass, a behavioral analyst explains to you how people tell lies in courts.

As many of you go around fooling people that it’s because is a liar’s day, I guess no one can fool me depending on the experience I have about liars.

A friend of mine came to me with a strange lie that 30 days on the calendar have been increased to 45 days and therefore that’s when we shall always get our salaries or pay house rent, power or water bills and also girls to go in their periods, and I was like what!? He laughed!, that’s when I came to realise that he was trying to stage a lie to me.
Never get fooled.

By Robert Muriisa.

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