Trusting someone can become difficult these days, we barely know if the person we are talking to is lying or telling the truth.
This simple behavioral habit can indicate to you if the other person is telling the truth or not. You will not need to use lying detectors or other tricks.
A study found that when we lie, we tend to copy the body language and the behavior of the person we are lying to. There is a reason behind this.
According to the international news source, our brains are forced to work overtime when we lie to keep pretending. This means that the thoughts controlling your body language link to mimicking what we see, as this can be done unconsciously and it is less effort than thinking for ourselves.
As per the details, Dutch researchers at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam studied the behavior of people when they told the truth. They used cameras to study. They then compared it to when they told bigger and bigger lies.
Researchers concluded that it is “harder for the brain to be dishonest than, to tell the truth, we tend to mimic our victims when we’re being deceitful”. They also say that the pattern became clearer when someone was lying to their partner – particularly a big lie – when the mimicking behavior became most noticeable. So look out for it next time.
The researchers observed body language and movements when telling the truth and lying.
According to the international news source, results found that body language among those taking part in the study increased with the difficulty of the lie.
“Our findings are consistent with the broader proposition that people rely on automated processes such as mimicry when under cognitive load.”
“Lying, especially when fabricating accounts, can be more cognitively demanding than truth-telling.”
“Nonverbal coordination is an especially interesting cue to deceit because its occurrence relies on automatic processes and is, therefore, more difficult to deliberately control.”