Four Body Language Cues That Might Indicate Someone Is Lying

Four Body Language Cues That Might Indicate Someone Is Lying

You can never prove someone is lying just by looking at non-verbal cues — but they can let you know when something might be off. David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, conducted a thorough study and found four non-verbal indicators you might want to look for.

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The study is fascinating and the full video below is worth watching, but here are the TL;DR results, There are four body language cues to signal that a person may not be entirely honest: touching hands, touching the face, crossing arms, and leaning away. Individually, they haven’t proven to be effective indicators of a liar, but combined together, they’re a bit more useful.

DeSteno states in his paper, the video and an article that this may not work when someone knows their body language is being observed for a tell — these are unintentional cues given off when a person is trying to hide the truth.

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