1. Nil by mouth
Watch for signs they’re trying to cover their mouth and face (Picture: Getty)
Any attempt to cover their mouth – however apparently subconscious – could well be a sign that they’re uncomfortable with what they’re saying or hiding something from you.
2. Jesus takes the wheel
Sudden onset of religious zealotry is a key indicator you’re dealing with a liar (Picture: Getty)
If your other half is suddenly spouting religious phrases like ‘I swear to Jesus’ or ‘God no’, then they may be trying to hard to cover something up.
3. The disappearing act
Watch their hands. Are they trying to make them disappear, possibly into their pockets, behind their backs or under their legs? If yes, this could be a sign that they’re hiding more than just their palms.
4. The key is in the detail
Someone who’s able to provide plenty of detail could be lying (Picture: PA)
A common misconception about cheats and liars is that they can’t provide detail about their lie, but actually, they may go into too much detail. If they can’t stop talking and appear to be saying things as they occur to them, it might be that it’s all fabricated.
5. The eyes have it
When someone lies, their eye behaviour changes – the trick is to spot how (Picture: Getty)
You know your partner best. Are they finding it more difficult than usual to maintain eye contact? Then they could be feeling guilty. And if they’ve fixed an unusually strong stare on your eyes, they could be doing so in an effort to try to control your opinion of them.
6. Timing is everything
Keep an ear out for the changing speech patterns (Picture: Alamy)
If there are noticeable pauses before they answer questions, they could be buying themselves time to think of a response. Equally, answering too soon and speaking quickly is an indication that they’re desperately trying to convince you of something.
7. Repetition, repetition, repetition
A liar may try to reinforce their message by simply reiterating it (Picture: Alamy)
If they repeat more than one of your questions, they’re probably using the time to think of a reasonable answer.
8. They’re suddenly really honest
Honesty isn’t always the best policy (Picture: Getty)
Are they suddenly being super honest but about something that you’re not actually asking them about? For example, you question who they had dinner with this evening and they’re more concerned with apologising for how much they spent on the dinner than discussing who they ate with. They’re trying to deflect attention by admitting to a lesser offence.
9. Pinocchio syndrome
This old wives’ tale might actually have some substance (Picture: Getty)
Very strange but true: when lying, some people’s nasal tissues engorge, causing their noses to itch. So an unexplained sniff could give away more than you think…
10. Examine the evidence
Be honest with yourself: where is the evidence pointing? (Picture: Getty)
And finally… take a step back and try to look at it objectively: ask yourself whether you’d believe their story if it was one of your friends’ partners. If it now sounds implausible, then it probably is.