How good do you think you are at lie detection and analysing behaviour? Test some of your skills with this fun quick quiz to see how well you do. Good luck! HOW GOOD DO YOU THINK YOU ARE AT READING PEOPLE AND LIE DETECTION? Deception will affect you at some point either directly or indirectly. The average person untrained in the skill of lie detection has only a 50/50 chance at spotting lies, in fact the research has shown it’s around 54% (Vrij.A – Detecting Lies and Deceit, 2008). Having the ability to spot lies with more accuracy is your superpower in reading the concealed emotions and hidden behaviour of other people to get to the truth when it really matters. When you are an unwilling participant in a lie and the stakes are high, this can cause you varying levels of financial, emotional and psychological harm – such as in the following common scenarios: A business meeting or negotiation; A job interview; Financial transactions involving major purchases (real estate, investments/shares etc). We are the Mind Hush Group – using behavioural science, our mission is educating others in how to navigate emotions, truth and lies to help you make better decisions with those you interact with to achieve more successful outcomes. If you’ve ever wondered how good you are at reading people and interpreting behavioural clues and have 2 minutes to spare, answer these 10 quick questions to find out. Ready? Let’s go! If someone is lying to you they will avoid direct eye contact with you when asked a question. Fake smiles (also known as social smiles) can be identified because of the lack of movement in which facial muscles? Blinking can be both a voluntary and involuntary response. Increased blinking and dilated pupils do not indicate that a person is emotionally aroused. When a person is lying, the best clues to their deceptive behaviour can be spotted in their verbal behaviour (the words spoken) OR from non verbal behaviour (facial expressions, body language, posture and gestures). Emotions are likely to be expressed and shown in a deceptive story? Which one of these universal emotions appears as an asymmetrical (uneven) facial expression in its truthful form? Lowering of the eyebrows indicates which one of the following emotions? If asked a direct question, a deceptive person is more likely to: When asked a closed question such as being asked to respond with ‘yes’ or ‘no’, a deceptive person will usually: What one of these is the most ‘reliable’ behavioural indicator that someone is lying? Uh-oh, we don’t want to scare you but your score reflects that you are at an increased risk of being deceived. It might be time to consider some training and get proactive in improving your skills in lie detection! ‘Deception detection’ (lie detection), is a trainable skill and learning the basics of deception science takes surprisingly less time than what you might envisage with the ‘basics’ learned in around 1 day of specialised training. More advanced training will take you from being a passive observer to being equipped with the tactical, scientific skills and techniques that have long been used with success by various intelligence, law enforcement and security organisations, to help you get to the truth. You’ll be surprised at the things you’ll see and hear in other people that you may not have noticed before! Browse through our website where we share a lot of juicy content on deception science and training options. Great, that’s a pretty good result, your score reflects that your lie detection skills are above average. But don’t get too comfortable, you are still at the risk of being deceived and there is always room for improvement. Might be time to consider some training to further develop your skills. Advanced training will take you from being a passive observer to being equipped with the tactical, scientific skills and techniques that have long been used with success by various intelligence, law enforcement and security organisations, to help you get to the truth. You’ll be surprised at the things you’ll see and hear in other people that you may not have noticed before! Browse through our website where we share a lot of juicy content on deception science and training options. Excellent work smarty pants! Your score reflects that you currently have a high level of accuracy with your lie detection skills and that takes talent. As amazing as your score is, lie detection takes continues practice to maintain accuracy, so keep up the good work and browse through our website where we share a lot of juicy content on deception science and the latest developments in the industry as well as training options.