The body language of liars
When a guy is trying to get away with something, his gestures will betray him. Watch closely and you’ll be able to catch him in the act.
Decipher the meaning of more of his body language – whether you’re just meeting or are in a long-term relationship – with this body language decoder.
Liar Move #1
Liar Move: He wraps his ankle around the leg of a chair.
Busted: “Pulling off a lie is stressful, so when a guy is masking the truth, his body will tense up,” says body-language expert Janine Driver. “As a result, he’ll take a more rigid stance. This is also a subconscious sign of restraint. It’s like he’s physically fighting to hold back from telling the whole story.”
Liar Move #2
Liar Move: He suddenly puts his hands in his pockets.
Busted: “Showing his palms indicates comfort and openness, so when he’s lying, he’ll instinctively feel the need to conceal them,” says Patti Wood, author of Success Signals: A Guide to Reading Body Language. “He may also hide his hands behind his back or occupy them by fidgeting with an object, like his cell phone.”
Liar Move #3
Liar Move: He shrugs one or both shoulders.
Busted: “Watch out if he does this while saying a definitive statement, like ‘I didn’t sleep with her,'” says Driver. “The shrug is his way of canceling out the untruth, much like crossing his fingers behind his back, except he’s unaware of the motion. It’s also his subconscious way of not committing to the lie and avoiding guilt.”
Liar Move #4
Liar Move: He uses his index finger to rub just underneath his nose.
Busted: “This sign is usually exhibited by men who don’t typically lie, so they feel remorse,” says Wood. “Immediately after he speaks, he’ll touch his face in a way that slightly hides his mouth. It’s as though he can’t believe what just came out of there.”