Catching your man lying isn’t that easy, and looking into someone’s real intentions may take a lot of practice even if you’ve been together for years. However, there’s such a thing as women’s intuition, which can be spot on in detecting fabrications. If in spite of your logical thinking your gutfeel is telling you that your man is hiding something, you may need to up your radar for his physical signals. There’s really no one set of rules when it comes to catching a liar through body language, but watching out for these may help you ferret out the truth.
It’s not whether he can or cannot look straight at you. It’s how he blinks. People who lie tend to either blink too much or too little when they’re telling you a fabricated story, so be keen on spotting the subtle difference.
2. Sudden head movements
If you ask a direct question and he suddenly jerks, tilts, or lowers his head, then you may have a problem.
3. Changes in breathing pattern and voice modulation
When a person lies, his heart rate goes up, causing him to suddenly breathe deeply or shallowly. According to Dr. Lillian Glass, a former behavioral analyst for the FBI featured on Business Insider, these are signs that a person is uncomfortable with the question. “It’s a reflex action,” she explains. “Your body experiences these types of changes when you’re nervous and feeling tense -- when you lie.”
One of the most tell-tale signs that your man is lying is that he begins to have difficulty speaking, and starts stuttering or repeating his statements. Sudden speech problems may be a sign that he’s trying to gather his thoughts, or trying to convince the two of you of his lie.
5. Covering parts of the body
When a person lies, he tends to cover his mouth, as if trying to shut down communication between you. A lying person also instinctively covers the more vulnerable parts of his body, like his neck, his stomach or his chest. Glass relates her previous experience: "I have often seen this in the courtroom when I work as a consultant for attorneys. I can always tell when someone's testimony has hit a nerve with the defendant, when I see his or her hand covering the front of his/her throat."
6. Either standing too straight or shuffling feet
These are both signs of nervousness. A person telling the truth in a regular conversation tends to have a relaxed stance. However, if he seems either too rigid or too fidgety even if your questions are fairly innocent, then something may be wrong.
7. Talking too much
The opposite of stuttering or clamming up, a person who’s trying to lie may supply you with way too much information even if you didn’t ask for it. Liars try to talk you into believing false details, hoping that you’ll take their alleged openness as the truth.