Lie detector: Do you have the skill to detect a lie?


Introduction

“Liar, Liar pants on fire” as the old saying goes. If only it was so easy to spot a liar, simply by looking at whether his or her pants were actually on fire. Well that’s not the way life works is it? And handy as it might be to carry around a lie detector at all times, well that wouldn’t be very practical would it? Not a lie detector of the physical variety anyway.

So what’s the next best thing? The next best thing would be if we could become our own lie detector surely? Would that be possible? Yes with a little effort it is possible to develop the skills to spot a liar, of course.

Become a lie detector

Now this is really important because we live in a world where we’re constantly bombarded with fake news, weasel words, half-truths, untruths and outright lies. Politicians are the worst culprits but just about everyone in life tells the occasional lie when they feel it’s necessary. That’s human nature. Which means it’s essential we learn the skills that will allow us to judge whether what we are being told is the truth or a lie at any given time.

How to spot a liar

So how do you spot a liar? Essentially it’s all about looking for clues. Little signs that will reveal whether what we’re being told is likely to be true or not. A lie detector looks for clues and we can too.

In the TED Talk video below, Pamela Meyer offers her observations on the signs or clues to watch out for to see if someone is lying to you. I found this video both useful and interesting and it’s worth a few moments of your time.

The ability to spot lies is a powerful skill which everyone can develop. You really can become your own lie detector and it’s worth the effort. If you can only work on developing one skill then liespotting would be a good one I think.

Recommended books

If the video whetted your appetite for developing your lie detector skills then you might consider adding some books to your personal reference library. A good start would be Pamela Meyer’s own book Liespotting. However there are a couple more I can recommend too. My Top 3 are:-

Liespotting by Pamela Meyer

How To Spot A Liar: Why People Don’t Tell the Truthand How You Can Catch Them by Gregory Hartley

How To Spot A Liar: 100 Techniques To Detect Lies Like A Pro by W, Kenn

Click on the links and have a look at them. You’ll not lose anything just by checking them out. So do it now whilst it’s fresh in your mind.

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