How to spot a liar and be your own lie detector

how to spot a liarIntroduction:

Liar, Liar pants on fire” as the old saying goes but how to spot a liar in any situation? If only it was so easy to spot a liar, simply by looking at whether his or her pants were actually on fire.

Unfortunately, that’s not really 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 either, would it? Well, 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?

However, would that be possible?

The answer is yes. With a little effort, it’s possible to develop the skills to spot a liar. You just need to think about the signs.

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 definitely the worst culprits but just about everyone in life tells the occasional lie when they feel it’s necessary.

That’s human nature, of course. This means we must 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.

Those little signs 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 embedded here, Pamela Meyer offers her observations on the signs or clues to watch out for to see if someone is lying to you.

I must say that I found this video both useful and interesting and it’s definitely worth a few moments of your time.

The ability to spot lies is a powerful skill which everyone can develop.

You can become your own lie detector and it’s worth the effort.

If you can only work on developing one skill then lie spotting 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:-

  1. Liespotting by Pamela Meyer
  2. How To Spot A Liar: Why People Don’t Tell the Truth and How You Can Catch Them by Gregory Hartley
  3. 100 Ingenious Ways To Detect Lies: How To Spot A Liar Like A Pro by W. Kenn

Click on the links above and take a quick look at them.

You’ll not lose anything just by checking them out. So do it now whilst it’s all fresh in your mind.

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