The body never lies - 7 tell-tale signs of deception to remember

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article

Lies have and continue to ruin many relationships. It relates not only to a romantic or family relationship but to friendships too. Often lies hide or cover up more lies. 

After all, what is a relationship without trust? 

Some people are so good at deception that you feel it's impossible to distinguish between what is false and what is true. 

READ MORE | Psychologist shares 5 tips for couples aiming to grow together

7 body language signs someone is lying to you:

1. Their eyes are darting back and forth, or they look away from you at key moments.

2. Filler words such as "umm," "like", and "uh" can indicate they actually don't know what they're talking about. 

READ MORE | Is it possible to forgive a partner for lying? 'Where there is love, there is a way'- therapist says

3. Taking an unusually long pause after you ask them something they should know the answer to. 

4. Excessive sweating on the forehead or excessive dryness of the mouth.

5. Fidgeting or becoming itchy all of a sudden without an apparent cause. 

6. Repeating words or phrases that they have already said and stammering. 

7. Fake smiling. You can tell the difference because a person's eyes will wrinkle when they're smiling. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.