LEARNING LIE DETECTION.
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As Human Beings we communicate with more than just words – in face of 7% of our communication is base on what we say the rest has to do with HOW WE SAY IT. And the human condition can subconsciously become aware of signals that indicate whether a person is Lying or telling the truth. We become especially aware of these signals when we become parents.
I don’t have kids – but I got a Monkey – and he is a HORRIBLE LIAR – you KNOW when he’s done something wrong.
At the University of Granada they have developed a process that monitors the heat in the different parts of the face. The reason that is significant is that when someone is contemplating the truth and if they need to manufacture a Lie – that takes more Brainpower and the body routes the blood flow from the face to the brain to work thru the issue. As a result, when the face cools – your nose ACTUALLY SHRINKS! You can’t see that with the naked eye but you can monitor it with thermal equipment. And this process is called THERMOGRAPHY.
By itself, it has an 80% accuracy rate and when combined with the Strategic interviewing that the law enforcement does, it is possible to have a 100% accuracy rate. Which is very useful at the border, and trying to identify the true intentions of a suspect.
Lets talk about things to look for and once you are aware of them – you might wish YOU DIDN’T know when people are struggling with the truth.
9 things you can look for at your next get together when people might be inclined to stretch the truth.
- The Long Pause – Lying is not easy – and it takes work to make your lie jive with facts known by others. So when someone might about to lie they will try to buy themselves some time by repeating the question or challenging why you would ask them such a thing.
- Darting Eyes – The human condition can produce more eye expressions than any other animal. Our eyes be the great give away when it comes to lie detecting. Its not 100% by anymean but generally speaking when you look up and to the left you are recalling a memory. If you look up and to the right – you are thinking more creatively. “let’s see – how can I put this together?” Then looking down or away is almost throwing in the towel and admitting guilt.
- Overcompensating – A liar will maybe try a little to hard to convience you on their version of the truth. In this case TOO MUCH eye contact could suggest a lie – especially if you know that person and that is out of character for them. A lot of these symptoms are also about context.
- Poke Face – This is when people think that less is more in a case of surviving interrogation. They want shut down. I have seen this a lot in my past tests. There will be a point when they go from tense and straight to more relaxed. That means they think they are in the clear and done talking about the lie.
- Hiding the Face: There might be a human tendency to hide the face from other when you are lying. Covering the mouth or the nose would be examples.
- Self grooming- Happy Feet is what the experts call it – when you are trying to shut down everything in the face- that anxiety needs to work itself out somewhere. Look for hand wringing, tapping of the feet, or shifting body weight. Other over the top tells are playing with your hair or twisting the wedding ring.
- Micro-guestures: This is something more for the video camera – to see in the replay after the interview – but they would look for something when the subject is down talking like the mouth going a skew or the eyes rolling when they thing the interviewer is not looking.
Something else that interviewers will do is launch a MIND VIRUS – that would be a provocative question that would make the subject think, “Why would they ask me that?” “What do they know”. This throws the subject off balance as they struggle to keep their lie working with in the set of facts that area reality. If the interview is long enough it takes a very special kind of liar to make it thru undetected.