Liar Liar Pants on Fire: 9 Ways to Spot a Liar

A liar will use formal language – no contractions or jargon

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – If you believe you’re an honest person, think again. Communication expert Steve Rohr says we’re hardwired to lie from birth. “The Communication Codebreaker” and author of “SCARED SPEECHLESS,” Steve Rohr shares the top 9 signs someone is lying.

Steve’s 9 Signs to spot a Liar:

  1. Excessive eye contact: Contrary to popular belief, a person in the middle of a lie will keep strong eye contact. In typical conversations, people will maintain eye contact 50 – 60% of the time. Liars will maintain eye contact at least 70% of the time.
  1. Lack of blinking: Steve says liars won’t blink during a lie, but will blink 8x more after telling one.
  1. The nose knows: According to Steve, liars will touch their nose, eye area, neck or ears more frequently than normal. For example, former U.S. President Bill Clinton touched his nose 88 times during his Monica Lewinsky testimony.
  1. Up and away: If you ask someone to describe a person or object and they make it up – they will look up and to your left. If they are actually recalling something they’ve seen, they will look up and to your right.
  2. Freeze Frame: A liar will freeze their upper body and simple movements will seem mechanical.
  1. Feet First: A fibber’s feet will point towards the door – feet point where a person wants to be.
  1. Life Sentence: A liar will use formal language – no contractions or jargon. He or she will also use “distancing” language.
  1. Too Much Information: A liar will provide too much detail and tell a story in chronological order.
  1. Imaginary Lint: If someone picks imaginary lint off their clothes, it’s a sign they are avoiding telling the truth, or hiding something

More Information:

Steve Rohr is a nationally recognized Communication Expert. He’s the Show Publicist for the Oscars – right here on ABC, a Communication Professor, and the author of the bestselling book: Scared Speechless: 9 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Captivate Your Audience.

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