A Former FBI Agent's Trick to Spotting a Liar: Listen to How They Say "No"

Patrick Allan 08/25/2017. 15 comments
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The word “no” is used a lot by liars trying to cover up their tracks. According to a former FBI counterintelligence agent, the way someone says it can truly reveal their deceptive behavior.

Catching a liar in the act, and getting them to admit to it , isn’t easy to do. It can be especially difficult if they’re actually good at it. If you’re looking for a simple way to get a feel for someone, former FBI agent LaRae Quy suggests you pay attention to their use of the word “no”:

  • say “no” and look in a different direction;
  • say “no” and close their eyes;
  • say “no” after hesitating;
  • say “noooooooo,” stretched over a long period of time;
  • say “no” in a singsong manner.

According to Quy—who has dealt with countless liars as an agent—any of those signs suggest they’re demonstrating deceptive behavior or trying to mislead you. That being said, there’s no absolute guarantee that someone is lying just because they said “no” in a singsong manner. Don’t go accusing people of things until you’ve dug a little deeper. You can learn more lie spotting tricks from former-agent Quy at the link below.

An FBI Agent’s 8 Ways to Spot a Liar | Inc.

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