Accurate Body Language, “5 Steps to Detect Lies & Get to the TRUTH: Which Story is TRUE or FALSE?”

We all know that kids tell fibs and pretend stories, but in this Accurate Body Language video can you tell when behavioral psychologist and parent Tom Pearson is telling a TRUE or FALSE story?  

Use your “BS-Barometer,” play along, and be the judge!  

Watch and listen to all 3 stories that Tom shares about his son and him.  Pay attention to the body language and see if you can tell if Tom is telling the truth or not!

Remember, “From Head-to-Toes, the BODY Always Shows…the TRUTH!”

Story # 1:  Disappearing Son at the Store

  • Do you think the Story is TRUE  _____  or FALSE  _____?

Story # 2:  Conquering Son’s Fear of Heights

  • Do you think the Story is TRUE _____ or FALSE _____?

Story # 3: Getting Puppies!!

  • Do you think the Story is TRUE _____ or FALSE _____?

ANSWERS to Story-Telling QUIZ:

Story # 1:   Disappearing Son at the Store is TRUE!!

Story # 2:  Conquering Son’s Fear of Heights is TRUE!!

Story # 3:  Getting Puppies is FALSE!!

How many did you guess correctly? Which ones did you miss, if any?

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Janette Ghedotte

5 Steps to Detect Lies & Get Closer to the TRUTH!

Step 1:   Establish BASELINE

Accurate Body Language Founder & CEO Janette Ghedotte develops rapport with neutral, non-threatening questions early in the interview process. The objective is to establish BASELINE behaviors by observing verbal and non-verbal body language.  Notice normal and natural mannerisms while answering easy, neutral, or low stress background questions.

Step 2: “Hot-Spots” in Verbal Statements

Janette now moves from initial Baseline questioning to the next objective in Step 2 which is to pay attention to any “Hot-Spots” in verbal statements.

“Hot-Spots” are any changes from normal baseline behaviors.  Some general examples may include: more pauses; repeating a simple question; stuttering; long-round-about talk that doesn’t answer the question or a simple Yes/No question.

Within 5 seconds of being asked sensitive, challenging, or uncomfortable questions, notice any “Hot-Spots” that may suggest possible distress, discomfort, or deception.

“Hot-Spots” may also be unintentional innocent errors.  For instance, in the introduction, Tom’s son made a “Hot-Spot” mistake when he said his ‘older’ brother is 5 years old, when he meant to say his ‘younger’ brother is 5 years old.

Not all “Hot-Spots” are intentional lies or deceit.  Rather, “Hot-Spots” are clues to investigate deeper and to ask clarifying questions regarding the specific questions or topics asked.

In Step 2, pay attention and notice if words match body language.  Are the verbal words and phrases in-synch with what the body conveys?  Do you notice any “Hot-Spots” or in-congruencies between what is said and what is shown in body language?

The body shows the TRUTH and reacts quicker than the brain can come up with verbal words to deceive!  When the words don’t match the body, what are you going to believe…words or body?

The body reveals the TRUTH by:

  • Leaking emotions

Deception attempts to override the Body by: attempting to:

  • Fake Emotions
  • Hide Emotions

Step 3: “Hot-Spots” in FACIAL Expressions

The focus in Step 3 is the FACE!  Study facial gestures and expressions to see if you notice any variations from normal baseline.  General examples include: increased blink rates; change in eye contact; micro expressions of contempt, sadness, anger, etc; or crows feet to show genuine smile.

Step 4: “Hot-Spots” in FULL- BODY Language

“From Head-to-Toes, the BODY Always Shows…the TRUTH!”

Now, analyze the entire body for any deviation from normal baseline gestures.  General examples include: weak or asymmetrical shoulder shrugs; pacifying touching of the neck, covering the mouth, swiping the nose, hiding the eyes, using hair to block the face; rubbing hands together, on legs, arms; gripping other arm; rapid leg movements; feet or toes turn away from interviewer; etc.

Step 5: Powerful Interviewing Questions

Get to the TRUTH by Looking, Listening, and Learning.  Take into account verbal and non-verbal in congruencies. Then ask powerful and effective interviewing questions, and make sure you consider the context of the situation.

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Interview Guests:

  • Tom Pearson is a loving husband and father of 3 sons; Tom is also a MS LLP clinical behavioral psychologist with nearly 20 years in the mental health field.

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