Friday, April 24, 2009

Identifying a Liar

While surfing the WebMD site, I happened upon a topic that I didn't expect to find there. Heather Hatfield wrote an article entitled "10 Ways to Catch a Liar". She assembled information from experts to come up with a list of ten telltale signs that a person is lying.

  1. Inconsistencies

  2. Ask the unexpected

  3. Gauge against a baseline

  4. Look for insincere emotions

  5. Pay attention to gut reactions

  6. Watch for microexpressions

  7. Look for contradictions

  8. A sense of unease

  9. Too much detail

  10. Don't ignore the truth

She adds an extra tip: Be trusting

In general we have a choice about which stance we take in life," says Ekman (Paul Ekman, an expert in lie detection). "It we take a suspicious stance life is not going to be too pleasant, but we won't get misled very often. If we take a trusting stance, life is going to be a lot more pleasant but sometimes we are going to be taken in. As a parent or a friend, you're much better off being trusting rather than looking for lies all the time.

Back on 8/31/05 I had a post entitled "How to Recognize a Liar". I also quoted Dr. Ekman.

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