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How to Spot a Lie

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Have you ever suspected that someone was telling a whopper, but you didn’t know for sure? Paul Ekman, Ph.D., author of “Emotions Revealed,” shares telltale signs that can give a lie away:

Pitch imperfect
Keeping an ear out can help you detect a fib. Listen for “a discrepancy between sound and context,” says Dr. Ekman. For example, if someone says “I don’t care” in an excited, high pitched tone, he probably does.

Split second spill
Although they’re had to see, fleeing facial expressions, or “microexpressions,” occur when someone is hiding the truth. Whether it’s a slight furrow of the brow, a quick smirk or some other facial tic, these involuntary flashes of emotion last for a fraction of a second. “Most people miss them, but you can learn to spot them,” Dr. Ekman says.

A bit off-kilter
An expression that appears stronger on one side of the face than the other, like a crooked smile, may be a sign that it’s not genuine.

This article was written by chris@canyonmedia.net

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