There’s nothing worse than a liar.
Being lied to is the ultimate act of betrayal – especially when the liar is someone you trust and care about.
While you can’t always tell when someone is lying to you for certain, there are common characteristics many liars often have.
And the saying is true – the eyes are the window to the soul.
So the next time you think someone is trying to pull one over on you, pay attention to their eyes and look for these subtle eye maneuvers that could mean someone is lying to you.
Avoiding Eye Contact
If you are trying to find out the truth about a situation and the person you are talking to avoids looking you in the eye – something could be up.
Liars inadvertently avoid eye contact – as if by not making eye contact with you they can “hide” their true intentions.
Note that just because someone doesn’t look at you in the eyes doesn’t always mean they are lying – they could simply be shy.
However, avoiding eye contact (especially if the person typically doesn’t do this) could mean they are avoiding the truth.
Staring In Your Eyes Too Much
This trait is more common with professional liars and narcissists. They know you expect them to avoid eye contact – so they do just the opposite.
Whether they are trying to charm you by gazing in your eyes, or make you uncomfortable by staring at you intently, professional liars use this tactic often.
Some think if they can make YOU feel uncomfortable – they win.
Lying can cause stress on the body, and as a result it could cause involuntary reactions like increased heartbeat and rapid blinking of the eyes.
Mark Bouton, an FBI agent for 30 years and author of “How to Spot Lies Like the FBI” is a pro at analyzing the behaviors of liars.
Business Insider reported:
“A person will ordinarily blink about five or six times a minute, or once every 10 or 12 seconds,” Bouton says. “When stressed — for instance, when someone knows he’s lying — he may blink five or six times in rapid succession.”
Bouton says exceptions to the usual blink rate mostly have to do with production of dopamine in the body. For example, a person with Parkinson’s disease will have a noticeably slower blink rate than what is usual, while a person with schizophrenia will blink more rapidly than normal.”
A good point to remember is not everyone lies with ease – some liars are genuinely stressed out when they are trying to hide something – so the rapid eye blinking might be a dead giveaway.
Remember To Get A Baseline
The most important thing to remember is pay attention to how this person typically acts.
If a person always blinks their eyes rapidly, then it could just be part of who they are. The key to discovering if someone is lying to you is figure out if they are acting unusual – or doing something out of character.
Then, it’s all about the eyes.
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