Tuesday, October 11, 2011

8 Tips On Catching Someone In A Lie: Tip #2

In a 1996 University of Virginia study lead by Bella DePaulo they recorded a daily log of people age 18 to 71 in the amount of lies they told in a single day. For the 147 participants the average amount of lies they told were just over ten times a day. Of course in the study many of the lies were times where people were trying to be nice. Someone perhaps with a new haircut that looked "good". These types of lies outnumbered the outright denial of truth approximately 15 to 1. This still does not hide the fact that of the 147 participants only seven people could say they were completely honest.

So with this amount of lying going on how do you catch someone in a lie? In these next few blogs we will cover 8 different tips that you can key in on to catch someone in a lie. Now there is no perfect way of discovering if the person across from you is lying to your face or not. Even the polygraph (Lie Detector) only works about 80% of the time. The skilled liars may not "bat an eyelash" in a lie but for most of us there are certain things that give us away.

Tip #2 Look for Inconsistencies.
When questioning a subject you should look for inconsistencies in the way they react or with the way they tell a story. A good example is when questioning someone look for statements that just don’t fit. For example when a witness was being questioned and they said “I heard a loud crash but I didn’t look to see what happen”,  we know that would be inconsistent with the way any normal person would react. 

By the curiosity of human nature we automatically draw our attention to a loud unexpected noise. Later in the interview the investigator banged on the table showing the witnesses reaction to look directly at the investigator. It is a natural reaction to look toward a noise that you hear. The investigator knows that that witness did see the accident site immediately following the crash and was lying about their statement. These are the types of things to listen for when questioning or investigating a witness or claimant.

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