Even with the family members, friends, and lovers that you trust the most, everyone has had a moment of doubting someone’s honesty. It’s human nature to deceive every once in a while, hiding something about ourselves or something that we’ve done. It’s also human nature to try and

figure out when someone is lying and when someone is being honest. For centuries, people have struggled to find ways to determine definitively if a lie is being told or the information being given them is honest.


What To Look For In Conversation

Time magazine looked into a study at Harvard to come up with three solid signs that someone may not be completely honest: verbosity, profanity, and projection. The study shows that people who use a lot of words to say something simple are more likely to be lying, especially if many of those words are profane, and even more likely if they talk about others more than themselves (avoiding using “I”).  These are some very simple signs to look for in conversation that should tip you off to the fact that the information you are receiving may not be true.


Body Language

Just like the science that led to the polygraph, our bodies give off indicators that we are using our brains to concoct a story. Psychology confirms that body language mostly in the face will be telltale signs, such as covering the mouth, touching your nose, scratching the neck, and rubbing your eyes. Just like the polygraph these are not 100% sure to give away a liar, but when trying to be more aware of honesty and dishonesty every little tip helps.