Being able to spot a lie can keep you from falling prey to cons and scams. People lie for many reasons. Sometimes, they wish to avoid speaking the truth to take advantage of you, and other times they see dishonesty as a means for survival.

Unfortunately, most of us aren’t very good at detecting lies. Research shows that without training, most people have odds slightly better than chance when it comes to spotting a lie.

Well, spotting lies is no more a hectic thing. As a recent study done by Dr. Lillian Glass, a behavioral analyst and body language expert who has worked with the FBI and wrote a book ‘the body language of liars’ suggests that our instincts for judging liars are actually fairly strong but our conscious mind sometimes fail us.

And luckily, there are signs we can look for when trying to detect a lie. So, let’s see.

1. They repeat words or phrases

They frequently proclaim that they are telling the truth, with the phrases like to be honest, believe me, or to tell the truth. Tye repetition is also a way to buy themselves time as they attempt to gather their thoughts.

2. Their breathing change

They may muddle their sentences together when speaking rather than following usual pattern of emphasis and breathe heavily.

3. They change head position quickly

They avoid facing the person and may turn their head or body away from you. If you see someone suddenly make a head movement when you ask them direct questions, they may be lying to you about something. “The head will be retracted or jerked back, bowed down, or titled to one side,” writes Glass.

4. Giving too much information

Since a liar may makeup things as they go, they may also have a tendency to add excessive detail to better convince themselves or the other of what they are speaking of. They may also embellish with details a person who is telling the truth wouldn’t think of adding.

5. Change in Body language

Their expressions become limited instead of their whole face being part of what they are saying, they push back of their face or hold still. They may frequently touch their face, throat or mouth, scratch their nose or ear, or generally appear fidgety.

6. Stand still why lying

It seems weird , but being perfectly still or being very still may be an indicator that a person is not telling the truth. Such person may keep their movements minimized or even pull their arm and legs in toward their body,mostly as a result of being tensed or nervous.

7. Tapping their feet

Tapping feet tells you that liar is uncomfortable and nervous. It shows that he or she wants to leave the situation; they want to walk away.

8. Covering their mouth

Many people want to literally cover up a lie or hide themselves from the reaction to it, which may be why they put their hands over their eyes or mouth when letting an untruth out.

9. Find difficult to speak

“If you ever watch the videotaped interrogation of a suspect who is guilty, you will often observe that it becomes more and more difficult for her to speak,” writes Glass. This occurs because the automatic nervous system decreases salivary flow during times of stress, which of course dries out the mucous membranes of the mouth.

10. Stare at you without blinking

When people lie they stare at you for longer time to make you believe their words and see whether you are buying  their lie or not. They attempt to continue and manipulate you.