Spot a Phony
If you’re looking for pants on fire to smoke out a liar, it ain’t gonna happen. But there can be ways to tell if someone is fibbing to your face. When spreading falsehoods, the body almost always rebels, leaking small physical signs, says Ekman. HEAD Your coworker shakes his noggin almost imperceptibly while telling you he didn’t steal your idea and pass it off to the boss as his own. He so did. FACE As people fib, split seconds of truth often flash across their face before their brain can retake control. Think: Mum’s fleeting grimace before she says she really, really likes your new apartment. HANDS Near-constant hand gestures (like pointing, fidgeting or face scratching) in someone who is usually relaxed can be a sign she’s not being honest. SPEECH Liars take longer to answer questions than truth tellers, and they may pause mid-sentence (making shit up takes time!).