There’s nothing worse than having someone hide the truth from you, but with a few key tricks, you can know how to tell if someone is lying by simply looking at their eyes. There are lots of ways to help aid you in this unfortunate scenario so you can reveal the truth for yourself. Sometimes you just know, based on a gut instinct or feeling. Of course, trying to prove this can be a nightmare, and can also start to make you feel paranoid, even pushing you into conspiracy theorist territory, which will really make you bonkers as you question every little detail. Other times you can tell if a person is lying by eyeing the person’s body language, such as by a change in their voice, heavier or quicker breathing, or shuffling around their feet, almost like a nervous tick. These are all unconscious behaviors a person may take on as they try to wiggle their way through a fib. Since we here at Replace My Contacts are all about your peepers, we’re going to focus on them as we continue discussing how to detect lies through studying eye direction.
Focus on Blinks
There are many different ways to tell if a person is lying by studying their eyes, even during casual conversation. One way to tell is to pay attention to them while they’re speaking directly to you. It’s often thought that if a person is making eye contact, then it means they are being sincere and telling the truth—we’re not disputing that! But some people who lie, and who understand this concept of staring into eyes=truth, will use it to their advantage. They’ll stare intensely at you, forcing it to seem they are being honest; however, they tend not to blink. That’s the big give-away. If they are staring directly into your eyes without blinking at all, they may be trying to overcompensate for their untruths. This is an attempt on their behalf to try and manipulate the listener. However, you can tell if someone is lying by noting if their eyes change direction. When someone is telling the truth, they often shift between maintaining eye contact and casually looking around from time to time. This is a much more natural movement—and done when someone has nothing to hide. On the other hand, sometimes people will also blink at unnaturally frequent intervals when talking, which is another warning that they may not be telling the truth. Of course, this method isn’t totally fool-proof. Rapid blinking could just mean their eyes aren’t getting enough moisture (in which case, you should just tell ‘em to grab some hydrating lenses like Air Optix Aqua!).
Track Eye Direction
Eye direction is another popular theory for how to tell if a person is lying. The idea behind this is that depending on which way a person moves his or her peepers before answering a question can help decipher if they are telling the truth or not. While it’s certainly not a wholly scientific theory, it’s recognized that when people look up and to the right they may be lying. It’s believed to be a sign they are stretching into their imagination to create an answer. On the other hand, when a person looks up and to the left, based on this theory, they are likely telling the truth. Looking to the left is a sign they are digging through their memory to recall something, which they are recounting to you (the truth!). This method can be a little wonky though, so you’ve got to be careful! For instance, some people who are left-handed have the opposite reactions to telling the truth and lies—looking to the right is for the truth while looking left is a lie. If you’re going to test this theory, make sure you find a way to casually ascertain if they’re right-handed or left-handed so that you don’t mistake their intentions.
Knowing how to tell when people are lying by studying their eyes isn’t always fool-proof, but it can perhaps lead you in the right direction for further investigation. And, for us at least, any reason to give someone’s eyes a little extra attention is always worthwhile!