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Detecting Truth Behind Lie

In this world, honest people are very limited. Actually, as people grow older, they learn and master the art of lying. This is mostly the case in business or situations whereby the truth might draw some form of punishment. For instance, a study was conducted to examine lying in different age groups. Two groups of 3 year olds and five year olds were put in a room at different times. An enclosed toy box was also put in the same room and the kids asked not to peek at the box. Most of the kids peeked anyway. However, when asked if they had taken a look inside the box, a good number of 3 year olds admitted to having looked at what was inside the box. None of the five year olds accepted having broken the provided rule.

The Science of Detecting the Truth behind a Lie

Without any special training, an average person will detect about half of all lies that he receives in his life. However, with a few classes in various techniques used in detecting lies, the detection rate can go as high as 90%. This is definitely useful for some careers and businesses. Techniques of detecting lies revolve around understanding non verbal cues and analysis of spoken sentences. Non verbal cues could be the body language, observing different aspects of the face and a person’s voice tone. In other words, a person can learn to detect lies just like a polygraph machine does. Only that in this case it is done through observation. Extroverts and men are the highest culprits for lying and more than 80% of all lies are never detected.

Learning how to Detect Lies

Lie detection should always start with finding the baseline. This means that you should identify the behavior of a suspect liar when he is at his normal truthful self. In order to do this, ask the individual non-implicating discussions through small talk. As the small talk progresses to a more serious discussion, a lie could come up. Such a lie is shown by a deviation from the baseline, in what is known as the hotspot area. 36 pointers for these areas exist and each of them shows that there is a possible lie. One of these pointers is shrugging of one shoulder. However, a single pointer might not be sufficient. Therefore, always look out for approximately three pointers within a response. When this happens, that becomes a topic worth looking into for identifying lies.

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