7 basic gestures of a liar - it will be interesting for everyone to read and possibly recognize themselves as well in order to know when a person is hiding something from you. Although some of the options can mean something completely different, for example, that a person is complex and there is no intent to deceive, therefore, using these statements, you need to feel a person.
What gestures can betray a person in case he is lying? These are gestures associated with touching the hands to the face. An experiment was conducted with nurses who were instructed in a role-play setting to tell patients a lie about their condition. Those nurses who had to cheat were more likely to use hand-to-face gestures than those who told the truth to their patients. Now let's look at the various hand-to-face gestures and the conditions in which they occur.
1. Touching the Nose
In essence, touching the nose is a subtle, disguised version of the previous gesture.
It can be expressed in several light touches to the dimple under the nose, or it can be expressed in one quick, almost imperceptible touch.
One of the explanations for the nature of this gesture is that when bad thoughts penetrate the mind, the subconscious tells the hand to cover its mouth, but at the very last moment, out of a desire to disguise this gesture, the hand pulls away from the mouth, and a light touch to the nose is obtained.
2. Collar Pull
Scientists in the course of research have found that lying causes an itchy sensation in the delicate muscles of the face and neck, and scratching is required to calm these sensations.
This seems to be an acceptable explanation for why some people pull back their collars when they are lying and suspect that their deception has been exposed. It also looks like the cheater has beads of sweat on his neck when he senses that you suspect cheating.
This gesture is also used when the person is angry or upset, while pulling the collar away from the neck; to cool it with fresh air.
3. Rubbing the Eyelid
This gesture is caused by the desire in the brain to hide from the deception, suspicion or lies that he is facing, or the desire to avoid looking into the eyes of the person to whom he is telling a lie.
4. Scratching the neck
In this case, the person scratches the place under the earlobe with the index finger of the right hand.
This gesture speaks of the doubt and uncertainty of a person who says: "I'm not sure if I agree with you."
It is especially striking if it contradicts verbal language, for example, if a person says something like: "I understand perfectly well what you are experiencing."
5. Fingers in the Mouth
The person puts his fingers in his mouth in a state of great oppression. This is an unconscious attempt by a person to return to that safe, cloudless time of infancy.
A small child sucks a finger, and as for an adult, in addition to a finger, he puts objects such as cigarettes, pipes, pens, and the like into his mouth.
While covering the mouth with a hand indicates deception, fingers in the mouth indicate an inner need for approval and support.
Therefore, when this gesture appears, it is necessary to support the person or assure him with guarantees.
6. Scratching and Rubbing the Ear
This gesture is triggered by the listener's desire to isolate himself from words by placing his hand near or on top of the ear.
This gesture is an adult enhanced modification of the gesture of a small child, when he covers his ears, so as not to listen to reproaches from parents.
Other options for touching your ear include rubbing your ear, drilling in your ear (with your fingertip), pulling on your earlobe, or bending your ear to try to cover the opening.
This last gesture indicates that the person has heard enough and wants, perhaps, to speak out.
7. Protecting the Mouth by Hand
Protecting the mouth with a hand is one of the few adult gestures and has the same meaning as a child's gesture.
The hand covers the mouth and the thumb is pressed to the cheek, while the brain subconsciously sends signals to restrain the spoken words.
Sometimes it may be just a few fingers at the mouth or even a fist, but the meaning of the gesture remains the same.
The hand gesture should be distinguished from evaluative gestures.
If this gesture is used by a person at the time of speech, this indicates that he is telling a lie.
However, if he covers his mouth with his hand at the moment when you speak, and he listens, it means that he thinks that you are lying or disagrees with you.
+ 17 additional rules
1. Expression of emotions and reactions is slowed down compared to how a person usually behaves. It starts with a delay, is more violent, and ends very abruptly.
2. Some time passes between words and expressions of emotion. For example, they tell you that your work was done brilliantly and only then, after realizing what they said, they smile. When a person speaking the truth, the emotional reaction will run simultaneously with the words.
3. What the person says is completely inconsistent with the expression on his face. For example, when you are told the phrase "I love you, " the person becomes as if he has eaten a slice of lemon.
4. When expressing emotions, not the whole face is involved, but only a part. For example, a person smiles only with his mouth, without using the muscles of the cheeks, eyes and nose. In this case, the eyes really become a mirror of the soul, because it is very difficult to learn how to specifically control their expression, for some it is impossible.
5. When a person tells you a lie, he seemingly tries to take up as little space as possible, clutching his arms and one to the other - his legs.
6. The person will avoid meeting your eyes.
7. A person touches or scratches his nose and ears. In rare cases, touch the heart area on the chest with an open palm.
8. The person will “defend” instead of going “on the attack” in conversation.
9. A lying person may try to turn their body or head away from you.
10. He can unconsciously put some objects between you, creating a kind of "protective barrier".
11. The liar can use your words to make the answer very similar to the question. "Did you break the back window on the second floor?" "No, it wasn't me who broke the back window on the second floor."
12. You are not given a clear answer to the question, instead they are given a "floating" answer that can be understood in different ways.
13. Your interlocutor can talk more than necessary, adding unnecessary details. He is embarrassed when there is a pause in the conversation.
14. When a person is lying, he can drop pronouns and speak in a monotonous voice.
15. A person can speak softly, but it is grammatically wrong. The sentences will be confusing.
16. If you believe that you are being lied to, try changing the subject of the conversation. If the person is really lying to you, he will willingly change the subject and look more relaxed.
17. The person uses humor and sarcasm to get around the topic.
These signs are pretty easy to tell if someone is lying to you. But, of course, do not forget that there are exceptions.