How To Become A Human Lie Detector
February 13, 2016 12:00 AM EST | 7 min read
What if you could read a person’s face almost instantly with only a few minutes of training?
What if you could sense a lie or the truth, get a distinct feeling about an individual’s honesty in general through a simple technique?
It’s not only possible, but it’s also quite likely when your learn the technique I’m about to show you.
How To Become A Human Lie Detector
There is an abundance of science covering facial expressions.
Experts can now slow down video of a person’s face during interrogations to more accurately tell if they are truthful through their smallest facial expressions.
Science and simple
Dr. Paul Ekman discovered what he termed, “micro-expressions.”
Minute facial expressions, almost invisible to the naked eye.
Ekman says he teaches others how to read them.
His work became primarily known through the FOX TV program,”Lie to Me”, based on his deep scientific research.
That’s the science.
But the age-old method may be more preferable.
It’s certainly simpler.
Your subconscious mind is an endless recorder of all of your observations and experiences in life.
For example, every lie that’s ever been told to you, face to face, was subconsciously recorded by your mind.
Those lies you later discovered were then unconsciously paired with your built-in facial reading program.
Whenever we are lied to, there are various, yet subtle facial expressions frequently associated with deception.
Even blind people who’ve never seen a face, display an array of the same telling expressions during stress, joy, and lies.
These micro tics are all but invisible in real time, but our minds eye can capture them.
Whenever someone displays those same expressions, you may likely get a feeling or “hunch” that something is “not right” about this person.
It might make little sense, especially when they seem otherwise honest and upright.
I call this, “Your Inner Wizard.”
This kind of recognition is both science and a form of intuition and is either a simple hunch (an intuitive tickle) or a three-alarm alert (an intuitive click) that can be very confusing if you don’t know how to read your intuitive senses.
It’s possible to learn how to read faces through one of Dr. Ekman’s courses for $300 or more.
However, you’re already reading these expressions and all forms of body language based on your life experiences through your subconscious mind.
You’re already equipped to tell when others are lying to you.
The likelihood of understanding your feelings about another person is entirely possible.
This is something that, if you choose to work consciously on, can make you adept at becoming almost a human lie detector.
You needn’t study endless hours and several hundreds of dollars in course fees, plus learning a variety of complicated terms.
With a little time and effort, you can be seen as almost psychic.
Can you be an “open-minded skeptic?”
What I’m about to describe to you may require you to have an open mind.
The most suited term is to be an “open-minded skeptic.”
You don’t have to believe it, just be open to the possibility.
Some years ago I taught a course at UCLA’s Experimental College on mind power and intuition.
In response to a student’s question, I stumbled on a technique that enabled me to teach anyone of at least average intelligence how to tap into their intuition.
In fact, the method takes only minutes to learn.
Most people will agree that they’ve had hunches in life that turned out to be accurate.
You think of someone you haven’t seen in years, and suddenly they pop back in your life in some way.
One day, over lunch, I was telling a coaching client about a time when I was sure that I’d closed a client for a major corporate consulting deal.
The president was all for it, then suddenly they closed the door on the program.
I never knew why, and for years, whenever I thought of it, it bugged me.
After lunch, I was walking up Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills when I heard my name called.
The CEO I’d just talked about and hadn’t seen in years was getting out of his car!
I was shocked, and when I told him I’d just been talking about him, he looked at me with more than a little skepticism.
Over coffee, he explained the reason I didn’t get the deal was that he’d had a revolt in his board of directors.
The company was wrestled away from his control along with most of his plans and programs.
Had I known the science of micro facial reading back then, would it have done me no good?
He was sincere.
He had the power to make the deal, and we were almost there.
However, in hindsight, I felt uneasy then about his assurances and didn’t know why.
When I later reviewed our coffee meeting, I recalled he told me that he’d been concerned about his board, and had been quarreling with them.
So, maybe he was afraid that every deal he was initiating might be challenged?
Could that have triggered my unconscious reading of his face or body language, even though he wasn’t lying?
The technique that gives you “The Wizard’s Edge”
Part of what we call intuition comes from our subconscious.
That mental catalog of lies that were accompanied by similar facial expressions will trigger that “hunch,” or uneasiness.
The subconscious is only one element of intuition, but paramount in these examples.
Whenever you’ve had a hunch that seemed unlikely but turned out to be true, you also had something else.
These “hunches” or accurate intuitive feelings are usually accompanied by a physical sensation.
That’s where the term, “gut instinct” comes from.
Some people feel it in their stomach, others have a sense of the hair on the back of their neck standing up, or just a tingling feeling.
Recall the last time your hunch was right.
Feel back to that physical sensation you had.
Whenever you have a hunch accompanied by that same physical response, chances are there’s something to it.
That’s your “intuitive tickle.”
Your “intuitive click” will come from a level of certainty that is repeated by those same but larger emotional triggers that are similar to others in the past.
Understanding these feelings, even without knowing why will give you the edge in almost any serious interaction.
I call it, The Wizard’s Edge.
Three ways to use your facial reading sense
Today, if I had a verbal agreement such as I described above, and felt any unease, I’d go for a hard close right away.
I’d have a deal memo or agreement signed ASAP.
If we’d had a contract, it would have been much harder for the board to negate it.
When you are sensing uneasiness over any discussion or just by meeting someone one new, pay attention to it.
You can’t make a judgment solely on that feeling, but you can be observant.
- Listen more closely.
- Check further, ask more questions.
- Either take action faster, such as a contract, or slower, depending on the situation.
From social contacts to business deals to kids, you can instantly read faces like a pro.
The key is to pay close attention to your feelings.
They have meaning and can be serious warning signs that can save you heartache to dollars.