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Watching SBS’ ‘Insight’, I am in awe of some people’s ability to ‘read’ others. Can you ‘read’ people? Can you pick when somebody is lying? Is this something we can learn, or is it something we either have or don’t have?


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I can pick one a mile off, especially if it is someone I am in regular contact with. They find it hard (mostly) to keep up with their own stories so contradict themselves, so that's what I go on, not body language but more on whether what they've said has been consistent with what has been said in the past.
Often I can pick a liar by their eyes, however I am sure there are many times when I cannot.
They often look uncomfortable, but the eyes have it!
by Finy
I don't think I can.I seem to think everyone is genuine.
Unfortunately, that's my problem too Art.
by Vee
Mostly I can. The body language gives away, always
I am terrible at reading body language. Perhaps that is one of the reasons I often feel socially inept.
by Vee
It comes with experience. Eye movements, body language etc:

http://selfavenue.com/does-the-truth-really-set-you-free/
What a fascinating edition of Insight! Lying is an interesting topic - we're taught to lie, then punished for lying later in the life. A lie is in the pitch of the voice, the eyes, facial movement and some body language. Perhaps humans are born with an ability to read other humans? Some people's ability to read others is more developed because they might use these techniques in their profession.

I can read people and pick a lie. It's an odd feeling knowing someone is deliberately trying to mislead you.
It was very interesting. Unfortunately, I didn't catch the entire episode.
by Vee
Try online - it was a rerun from 2006, so it would have to be on the Insight archive...
by slang
I am very good at it. Liars need to be gifted with an incredible memory and most are not.
Yes and thankfully I can - Initially you thrilled by their tales.
The story loses continuity and the TRUTH is just missing.
Body language, eye movements and rate of speech change as well.
by Zen
No. Some people are just too good at it. I have seen people telling lies to others in such a convincing way that anyone would be fooled. Then they turn around call these people friends.
by Gia
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