Lying Body Language – How to Read the Body Language of Liars

by James.McDowell

Lying Body Language – How to Read the Body Language of Liars

In conversations, especially in serious ones, you can’t help but assess whether someone is telling the truth or not. You do not know what your bases are for your assessment, but you just know it instinctively.

Is it possible to do something like that? Yes, through lying body language, which indicates whether a person is lying or not. By noticing lying body language, you can then distinguish the truth from lies.

Observing Lying Body Language

The human body sends signals unknowingly. These unconscious body signals are also known as body language. A person’s body language can give you a glimpse of his or her personality, nature and current state of mind.

There are several uses for body language, one of which is detecting whether a person is lying or telling the truth. Having knowledge in lying body language can greatly help you in your observation.

One of the most basic lying body language is eye contact. If a person you’re speaking with can’t directly look into your eyes, there is a big chance that he or she is lying.

In line with this, if you can observe that the person is a little nervous or quite uncomfortable, he or she may be lying.

When lying, there are times that his or her stories will lose consistencies and if this does happen, noticeable lying body language comes out – you can hear trembling in the voice or even shaking of hands.

Another lying body language signal is defensiveness. If you ask a person certain questions and he or she tends to answer through a joke or changes topic, there is a possibility that person is hiding something.

Once he or she answers the question, there is a big chance that the answer is a lie. Diverting attention and answering with jokes are two ways of buying some time to make up stories to cover the truth.

While lying, a person also has the tendency to touch any part of his or her face. Most often than not, he or she will touch the face, throat, and mouth. Scratching the nose and ears is also a prevalent lying body language.

Last, but not the least, a very good lying body language signal is stiffness or rigidity. You may be able to observe that the person is limiting his or her space of movement. You may also notice that hand and leg movements are limited.


Knowing lying body language will definitely help you notice whether a person is lying or telling the truth, since body language has been proven reliable to some extent.

However, these are actually just signs and may be misinterpreted sometimes. When reading lying body language signals, you should also consider other factors such as the mannerisms of the other party.

Knowing lying body language can also make you less detectable, but this shouldn’t be an excuse for you to lie. Nonetheless, if you know what behaviors to control when lying, then it will not be easy to read your body language whether you are telling the truth or not.

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