Only ONE of the 5 People in the Video Below is Telling the Truth
Do you think YOU can tell when someone is telling the truth? Are you sure you can recognize when someone is lying to you? The video below may prove you wrong!
The five people in the video below each tell a quick story. Can YOU determine the lies from the truth? Which one person is NOT lying?
Your skill in determining TRUTH may not be as good as you thought. Scroll down for some tips on recognizing lying. Maybe they’ll help!
Place your guess in the comment box below and the truth will be emailed to you!
Lying and Deceptive Behaviors Can Be Difficult to Detect
- He’s a liar!
- She’s a liar!
- That’s NOT what we were told before!
- Who gets to determine the “facts”?
- Your story keeps changing!
- I simply don’t know who is telling the truth!
Have you heard some of the above expressions lately? Isn’t everyone looking for the truth in 2020!?
Who is Telling the Truth?
A 2009 study of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 60% claimed they never lied. Researchers determined that about half of all lies were told by just 5% of all the subjects. There is a small group of liars in the world, but they can lie a lot!
Most people lie occasionally with white lies (trying to protect someone’s feelings. Some lies are more insidious and calculated. As an example, a spouse finding out just after the wedding that their mate was hiding a profound secret (like massive debt or a criminal record).
Lying is Hard to Detect
People don’t do well at lie detection. Liars get away with a lot! One study showed that people could accurately detect lying only 54% of the time in a lab setting. That’s pretty low considering there’s already a 50/50 chance of an answer being true.
“I’m not sure if I’m getting better at lie detection or my husband is lying more frequently.” Liars tend to tell lies more and more often and the frustrated partner gets better at catching the signals, too. People can get better at lie detection but it’s not easy.
Recognizing a Liar
Did you think a liar wouldn’t be able to look you straight in the eye? Well, that’s not true! Shifting eyes might just indicate that someone is thinking. On the other hand, if they’re thinking too hard, they might be calculating their lie.
Being vague may be indicative of a lie but some people are just naturally vague. Nonetheless, a liar might intentionally leave out pertinent details that could clue you that something isn’t “right.” Can you ask for more details?
Here’s one to watch out for… Repeating questions before answering. Example: The mother asks, “Where were you last night?” and the teenager answers, “Where was I last night? I was ______________” That question offers time to think of a lie.
Speaking in sentence fragments. Well, she just… Um, but. I think… wait. I mean… You know…
Grooming oneself by messing with hair or pressing fingers to lips can expose discomfort that could be attributed to lying. Asymmetrical facial expressions may also be a signal (e.g. the lips move to the right or left).
Lying is a Cognitive Challenge
It’s harder to lie than to be honest! Liars have to use extreme mental energy to create their stories, while also trying to remember what they’ve already said, and evaluating the responses of others to determine whether they’re being believed.
Trust that Your Gut Knows the Truth
Your intuition is generally accurate but conscious responses can get in the way with what we may discern unconsciously.
Ask the suspicious person to relate more details OR to ask for the story to be told in reverse order. That may trip them up. Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to know if someone is lying.
But you CAN find out who is lying in the video above….
Make your guess of WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH in the comment box below. Don’t worry – your email address isn’t visible to the public! We’ll email you the answer so you know if you’re correct in spotting the truth sayer!