Sometimes it’s pretty easy to be able to recognise when someone is lying to you – but others can be far more adept when it comes to hiding the truth.
If there’s any occupation that requires a sixth sense for finding the truth it’s a lawyer, with the professionals expertly trained in picking apart lies to expose the real story.
And now trial lawyer Michael Mandell, who specialises in personal injury cases, has shared a simple way to trip up liars as they try to pull the wool over your eyes.
In a TikTok video that has been viewed 750,000 times and titled ‘A trick to help you spot a liar’, @Lawbymike explains that if you suspect someone’s story, you should always ask them to run you through it again.
He says: “Truthful people add facts and remember more details as they repeat their story. While liars usually memorise their story and keep it the same.
“One trick is to ask them to tell their story in reverse; it will make them think harder and more trying equals more lying.”
And that might not be the only telltale sign of a lie, after experts used a study to pinpoint one simple behavioural habit that could be a major red flag to hint we’re not being told the full story.
Research found that when we lie we are more likely to copy the behaviour and body language of the person we are talking to – and the logic behind it makes a lot of sense.
Lying forces our brains to work overtime in a bid to ensure our story has no holes, and runs through endless possibilities we may be asked to keep up the pretence.
Our thoughts are so preoccupied with the lie that the control over our body language can often resort to mimicking what we see, as these actions can be done unconsciously and is less effort than thinking for ourselves.