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The tell-tale signs of a liar

Posted by: Michael Carr-Gregg | 27 February, 2013 - 1:25 PM
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What are the signs of someone lying to you? How do listeners tell when their partner/children lie to you?

Men tell twice as many lies as women, researchers found men tell 6 fibs a day on average to their partner, boss and work colleagues, but women come out with just 3.

The study of 2,000 Britons also revealed that the most common lie told by both sexes was: 'Nothing's wrong, I'm fine.'

Dr. Carr-Gregg, Neil Mitchell and listeners compiled a list of tell-tale signs someone is lying to you:

- Avoiding eye contact

- Unnatural eye contact, strained or aggressive

- Looking up and to the right

- Crossing legs, arms, and slouching

- stroking the back of the head

- clenched hands

- Giving answers to questions you haven't asked

- Speech hesitation, clearing throat

- Increased unpleasantness and agitation

- Repetition of keywords: 'Let me tell the truth, honestly & I swear to God'

- Abruptly changing the subject

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  • ANY ONE THAT BELIEVES GILLARD ??SHOULD HAVE A GOOD HARD LOOK AT THEMSELVES, IN THE MIRROR.???PERHAPS THAT IS WHY SHE IS WEARING THEM ??TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR. GOD HELP US.

    IAN Thursday 28 February, 2013 - 2:45 PM
  • @Mark. If you think Tony Abbott's going to take all the 'Juliar' people off the ASIO list you're wrong. Sedition is sedition and you're on it for life. Good luck in your next job interview :p

    mylene Thursday 28 February, 2013 - 11:54 AM
  • Matt ??Watch the "ABC" and you will see the Labor stooges.Or are you to biased.

    IAN Thursday 28 February, 2013 - 10:56 AM
  • I knew it wouldn't be long before I heard the Labor trolls roll out workchoices again. The pathetic misogynist campaign has backfired, Joolya's non-prescription clever-glasses haven't worked and Swann's surplus will be a deficit of billions. Yes, yes Workchoices. Who needs an IR rethink when manufacturing jobs are being lost daily and unemployment is heading only one way. FairWork has been another failed policy from the saddest period in Australian political history.

    Graham T Thursday 28 February, 2013 - 9:58 AM
  • We have a Prime Minister who was nicknamed "Juliar".
    Gillard is a pathological liar.

    Mark Thursday 28 February, 2013 - 8:50 AM
  • Remind us how has Tony Abbott responded when asked about Workchoices Mark II again?

    PH Wednesday 27 February, 2013 - 7:03 PM

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