If we all wore our hearts on our sleeves, or rather, our lies on our faces, the world would be a more interesting place. Whether it’s for the better or worse is up for debate. But one thing’s for certain: We lie a lot.
According to a University of Massachusetts study, 60 percent of adults can’t go 10 minutes in a conversation without lying at least once. The most common lies? Women lie to make someone else feel good and men generally lie to make themselves look better.
But whether they're telling a white lie or not, can you spot a liar? There are physiological factors that give away a lie, but—unless you’re a trained sleuth—it’s going to be difficult to gauge whether dilated pupils, an averted gaze, fidgeting hands, or a change in posture are, alone, full-blown indicators of deception. However, if you know what behaviors to look for in addition to these cues, you can definitiely sniff out a false statement.
Though you may not be able to detect your girlfriend or wife's lies with 100 percent accuracy, you will be a heck of a lot more confident in determining if she’s cheating, deceiving you, or hiding something. Here’s how to read between the lies.