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How to Tell When Someone is Lying


Everyone lies. That is the reality today. While some mythological stories may have us believe otherwise that there were once men and women who didn’t lie at all, the truth is that people do lie. The extent to which one lies is what varies. Some people are compulsive liars and are likely to lie without any apparent reason and need. Some people are not obsessive or regular liars but wouldn’t mind lying if the situation calls for it. Very few people do not lie at all but unintentionally do conceal facts and make misleading remarks or statements. An even fewer number of people do not lie usually but have certainly lied at certain points in their lives.

A Common Trait

Lying has become one of the most common human traits. People lie about everything, right from their daily routine to their commitments, from beliefs to their actions. Anyway, this info-graphic is not entirely about the extent to which people lie but what the psychology of lying is. When you speak the truth the brain functions in a certain way. When you are lying, the brain functions in a different manner.

How Lying is Measured

If you look at the diagram which indicates the parts of the brains being accessed and used, you would see how different parts of the brain are used at times of lying and telling the truth. When you speak the truth, your mind simply recollects. When you lie, you have to either imagine and construct everything that you are about to speak or you recollect your memory and tweak it to make it a lie. Even when you are confiding the truth, it is slightly similar to lying because you are not speaking out the truth and thus you are recollecting partially or are not reckoning all the recorded images and facts.

Knowing the psychology of lying can help anyone in myriad ways. You can know how to spot a liar. You can learn the tricks to hide the signs that can make it obvious to others that you are lying. You can judge people well and accordingly form an opinion about the people. You can also make more informed decisions if you know what the other person is saying is complete truth, partially incorrect or complete falsehood.

The entire purpose of this info graphic is to bring you closer to the biological and psychological aspects of lying.

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