How to spot a liar

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    1. The number one way to tell if someone is lying: Its a female.

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    2. So the trick is to gesture, blink erraticly, hesitate, fiddle, and avoid the interviewer’s gaze, when you are telling the truth. Then they will have difficulty when you are lying 🙂

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    3. Every single one of those “tells” could also be a sign of ADD. :p

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    4. i do all of those things in general conversation. If it’s an difficult/important/contentious question like “what do you think about euthanasia?” well then yes I’m going to think about how to phrase my answer = hesitation
      stumbling over your words is a sign that you haven’t figured out how to phrase it properly yet = slips of the tongue
      I’m generally a shy person, so I tend not to look people in the eye, but glance from their eyes to the background and back to their eyes = darting eyes
      I’ve got high anxiety resulting in general body tension, meaning i am pretty much always fiddling, tapping a foot, etc = hand activity
      so when someone is paying close attention to me in an official capacity, like a job interview,my anxiety increases, and because I know it’s a problem I try to stop it my sitting on my hands, and hide my self-consciousness behind forced smiles instead of worried looks.

      FBI fail!

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    5. Science says: This is all bullshit.
      These ‘indicators’ indicate shit. Thus the average police interrogator is no better at spotting a lie than the average college student. The ‘pros’ are just more confident about their (wrong) judgement.
      The only way to detect a ‘lie’ is by analysing a whole interrogation protocol for certain characteristics of true (vs faked) memory. Surprisingly, many things people believe are tell-tale signs of a lie actually hint on the authenticity of a story.
      So, fuck this list and fuck people who think they can see through other people’s behaviour.

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      • Seriously, this makes me angry. There are studies that show that innocent people who are questioned by a person who believes they are guilty, are more often judged ‘guilty’ by people who are later shown a film record of the interrogation.
        And why is that? It’s because the innocent get very nervous once they feel that the interrogator believes they are guilty. It’s because it’s not unheard of that innocent people end up on the Death Row!
        They hesitate before they answer because they actually have to remember what happened! They avert their eyes because they have to concentrate to lokate and retrieve a memory, put in in context, put it in words and then utter it without stuttering or change in voice, because they know that that bastard on the other side of the table will take any sign of insecurity as proof that they are lying!
        Grrrrrrrrrrrrr. I could rant about this for hours.

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