body language lying

Lie Detection



fib anxiety runaround
blink block (3) block out
blood rate (2) shoot up (2)
subtle gesture discomfort
flow shame capillary
itch scratch stroke (2)
tract sensitive deceptive
pacify expand in order to
relief thighs ear lobes
saliva digestion swallow (2)
lack spot (3)

Lying and Body Language

According to psychologists, only about 7% of actual human communication is through words, while 38% is the tone of voice and 55% consists of body language.

How can you tell if someone is giving you the runaround? It’s all about his body language, says Tonya Reiman, author of The Body Language of Dating.

Here are Reiman’s top five signs someone’s lying.

Blink Rate

1. Richard blinks faster. “When we become overly apprehensive, we try to block out that which is causing our anxiety,” Reiman says. A normal blink rate is about 17-20 blinks per minute; a fibber’s blink rate could shoot up to 50.

Eye Contact

2. Samantha won’t look at you. If they normally look at you when they’re speaking but suddenly look in all other directions but you, they’re experiencing shame or discomfort at the discussion being held.

Touching the Face

3. Conrad touches his face. Hand-to-face gestures are a subtle sign of blood flow changes. Reiman says, “For example, capillaries in their nose might expand, which gives them the feeling of an itch they must scratch.”


4. …and other sensitive spots. When people are being deceptive, they tend to stroke themselves in order to pacify their feelings of anxiety. This creates a sense of relief, because it lowers blood pressure and heart rate.”

Typical touch spots include areas loaded with nerve endings such as the thighs, earlobes, back of the neck, and arms.


5. Deborah swallows more. When we’re anxious, saliva production and blood flow to the digestive tract decrease, leading to dry mouth. “You can see this when individuals suddenly start to swallow harder — swallowing becomes more difficult with lack of saliva,” Reiman says.

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1. You should believe everything that a person is saying. True or false?

2. People like to see distressing things. Yes or no? What is the result of this?

3. Are the eyes gestures and movements of an honest person and a liar the same?

4. When a person lies, does he normally keep completely still.

5. Can you hear subtle sound when someone lies?
A. I can always tell when someone is lying. Yes or no?

B. Can you remember when someone told a lie?

C. Are there “good” or “white” lies and (bad) lies?

D. Knowing when a person lies would be very helpful in my career and life. Is this right or wrong?

E. What will happen in the future?

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