How to Detect Lies in a Story
Does detecting lies ever cross your mind while your friend tells you an exaggerated story? If you say yes, that is good.
Being aware of your surroundings, including your friend’s exaggerated story, could save you from being a victim of fraud in the future. You will also be able to detect honesty as well.
There are several ways to detect lies in a story.
One of the ways is by recognizing your friend’s body language.
You may find out about his/her honesty from the body temperature, micro expressions, the way he/she acts with his/her watch, glasses, collar, necklace, etc.
However, to become someone who is able to see and interpret these body languages would take a long time. When he/she does not have the talent to read body languages, it would take a longer period of training.
There is an easier way to detect lies in your friend’s story.
You should give your friend a riddle.
Through a riddle, you would know whether your friend tells the truth or lies.
Here are several steps which might help you to detect lies in a story through a riddle:
Step 1: Deliver a Puzzle
You should ask your friend immediately after he/she delivers his/her story. Ask a question which relates with your friend’s story.
For example, your friend tells you that he/she had a family meeting in a restaurant “X” so that he/she could not attend a class meeting.
After your friend finishes his/her story, you can ask, “Did you have a nice time there? As far as I know, the shops next to restaurant “X” are still renovating.”
Based on the example above, you just delivered a puzzle to your friend. From your friend’s reaction, you can see whether he/she tells the truth.
Step 2: Detect the Gap/Flaw
See how your friend reacts to your question. Actually, there is no renovation at the shop next to the restaurant. If your friend really goes to the restaurant, he/she will tell you that there is no renovation nearby.
If your friend lies, he/she would feel doubt because he/she does not know how to answer your question.
Step 3: Grab the Fact
Finally, you will be able to know the truth in your friend’s story. If your friend tells the truth, he/she will give you further details about his/her family meeting.
If your friend lies, he/she will deliver a doubtful answer.
The point is you have to make your friend tell his/her story in details; the more specific the story, the more likely that your friend’s story will be truthful.