10 ways to spot deception


Female teenager covering her mouth

Being able to understand body language is almost like reading people’s minds. And wouldn’t we all love to know what our colleagues (read: boss) are thinking.

If you want to learn how to use body language to enhance your personal and business relationships, you should read Body Language for Dummies by Elizabeth Kuhnke (2015).

Kuhnke teaches you how to interpret what people really mean by observing their posture, gestures, eye movements, and more. Body Language for Dummies is your guide to decoding body language, and adjusting your own habits to improve your interactions with others.

The Body Language for Dummies eBook is available in Books24x7 BusinessPro Collection database.

How do you know if someone is deceiving you? Here are 10 ways to spot a liar (see Chapter 17, ‘Ten ways to spot deception’, Body Language for Dummies).

  • Fleeting facial expressions
    Look for muscular twitches, dilation and contraction of the pupils, flushed cheeks and sweating. Disregard this if your suspected fibber has just returned from running an errand outside in forty degree heat!
  • Suppressed facial expressions
    Lady Gaga sang ‘he can’t read my poker face’. But you can! Concealing an expression or emotion takes effort. Look for narrowed eyes, a tense forehead and twitching lips.
  • Little or no eye contact
    Possible signs of deception include eye rubbing, and an inability to look you in the eye. There’s also a small possibility they just have something in their eye, or you have remnants of lunch stuck between your teeth and they are embarrassed for you.
  • Covering the face
    Do you typically put you hand to your mouth when you tell a porky? So do others.
  • Touching the nose
    ‘When someone lies, it releases chemicals called catecholamines, causing the nasal tissues to swell’ says Kuhnke (Chapter 17). ‘This is known as the Pinocchio Response because the nose becomes slightly enlarged…’ And this means the storyteller will touch, tug or scratch their schnoz. On the other hand, they could have allergies, a cold or a rogue nose hair…

What are the other five signs of a fibber? You’ll have to read the book to find out!



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