5 Phrases People Tend to Use When They’re Lying
Which one of these “lying phrases” have you been told?
It’s not always easy to distinguish between when someone is lying to you and when they’re being completely truthful. Especially when the person standing in front is someone you hold very close to your heart, someone you’ve always trusted, and someone you don’t want to have second thoughts about.
So you accept what they have to say without scrutinizing things any further even in the situations where you have your doubts, where you’re not completely sure of their story, and when you can’t help but feel uneasy at their explanations.
Even though there can never be a sure shot way of detecting someone’s lies, there still exist certain words or phrases that people tend to use when they’re lying. If you can’t stop feeling like you’re being deceived or lied to, then look out for these 5 common phrases:
“How can you accuse me like this?”
One common trait of a liar is that they will always try to answer your question with a question instead of an explanation. In this way, they subtly turn the tables and place the questioner in a defensive position. As soon as you hear this question, you might start to feel the need to justify your accusation or ensure that the other person only sees this as a speculation from your side rather than an accusation. Especially in the instance where the person you’re accusing is someone you care deeply about, you hope to make sure they don’t get too offended or hurt in the process. So while you think of reasons to make them feel better about all this, the person you accused gets enough time to think of a counter argument and to feed you with a believable story to justify their point. Also read, If Your Boyfriend Is Doing These 12 Things: He’s Cheating On You.
“Why would I need to do that?”
This is another example of answering your question with another question, which definitely indicates the possibility of the other person trying to deceive you or forcing you into coming up with your own conclusions for their defense. Honest and truthful people tend to deny the accusation directly by saying something like “I never did that”, followed by a coherent explanation.
When someone lies to you with such confidence, they don’t expect you to actually catch them. And as soon as you do, they are caught off-guard. Once again, they’re asking you a question only to buy more time to think of a logical explanation.
I don’t remember doing that.”
People who are trying to deceive you will often claim that there are problems with their memory as a means of covering the actual truth. If you still hope and believe that this claim is true and their memory might be the actual problem here, then you should typically reply by asking “What exactly do you remember?” A person who is being honest and truthful with you will reply in no time with the exact details of what they are able to recall about the incident. On the other hand, a liar will usually just reply by saying “I don’t remember what I did.” The reason why they don’t even make an effort to discuss what they remember lies in the possibility that they are scared of uttering the truth- the one that could get them in trouble.
“That’s about it.”
In this phrase, the word ‘about’ is the one that needs to be focused on. This word indicates that the person you’re questioning indeed has more to say but they don’t want to elaborate any further. If the person you’re questioning had actually told you the complete story, their response is more likely to be “That’s it.” A truthful and honest person will always reveal the entire story to you, without keeping any facts or details to themselves. On the other hand, a person who is lying or trying to deceive you will never present the entire story since there is always something that they can’t afford to disclose.
“You can’t prove that.”
The fact that they chose the word “prove” indicates the existence of some kind of evidence that can possibly verify the accusation you have made. An honest and truthful person will never think in terms of proof since they are confident in knowing that the accusations held against them are completely baseless and without any evidence. On the other hand, a person who is lying or trying to deceive you in any way will be well aware of the fact that evidence against them does actually exist but the person who has accused them isn’t capable of discovering it yet
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