Cliff Notes on the News

Cliff Notes on the News

Veteran San Diego news director and reporter Cliff Albert shares his thoughts on the latest news and stories each weekday at 7:22am. Full Bio


How to Know When Someone is Lying

We learn from early childhood that we shouldn’t lie.

But a recent survey found that the average person tells four lies every day. And the people in that survey said they believe they’re told about six lies a day by other people. The study also found that 53 percent of Americans believe they’re good at knowing when others are lying to them.

So given the current political climate and frequent accusations of people lying, what are the best ways to know someone is not telling the truth? A new study of studies about lying listed the five most recommended ways to know if someone is telling a lie.

Body language is one of them, including facial expressions, gestures and posture. But those indicators are not always reliable.

Another way is questioning the person you think is lying in a way that catches them in a lie, something trial attorneys learn to do well.

A popular method experts say that can detect lies is the use of eye-tracking tests but you’d probably have to study up on how to read eye movements.

And then some recommend the use of voice stress analysis, something you’d have to analyze before relying on that.

And then of course, if you can get your hands on one, a polygraph machine is considered the best way to detect lies.

But...wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use a lie detector device whenever a political leader makes a speech?

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