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Three signs you can tell if someone is lying: it takes a few minutes

Sophia ZakrevskaLife
Linguists told how to understand if a person is lying to you

Trust helps us build relationships with other people. When we communicate, we mostly rely on the sincerity of the other person, but it turns out that this is not always the case.

In this regard, it is important to learn to understand when the person in front of you is lying to you. Linguists have concluded that to do this, you need to pay attention to the way the interlocutor speaks.

The three clues in their work "Hmm, I can tell you're lying" were voiced by linguists Archuley J., Mallard D., and Villar G.

Rehearsed speech without pauses and exclamations

There are pauses in a person's speech that they fill with interjections while searching for the right words: "mm... um... hmm..." and other interjections that have no meaning. According to some studies, if there are a lot of such filled-in pauses, this is a real stream of consciousness. In this case, the person is formulating a sentence right now, meaning that the conversation is lively, spontaneous, and not played out.

If the person is lying, there will be much fewer pauses and exclamations, because they have most likely rehearsed what they want to say to you in advance. Liars usually believe that all sorts of "um" and "hmm" will reveal their uncertainty, so they will artificially suppress them to convince the other person of what they are saying.

Not very diverse vocabulary

Usually, when a person lies, they don't go into much detail and are not very verbose. As a rule, liars try to say less so as not to get confused in their own invented story. There will not be many details in such a false story, as they may not pass a simple test.

Scientists believe that if the story is true, it will consist of more words, and various synonyms, and will be generally more vivid.

"Convincing" wording

According to statistics, liars often use the words "always", "absolutely", "never" and other markers of absolute certainty. This is done to convince the interlocutor that they are telling the truth.

At the same time, a person who is not lying will more often use wording that expresses doubt: "maybe", "maybe not", etc.

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