Can you really tell a lie by looking at someones eyes? Is it the mirror of the soul?

We have all met people who were dishonest and avoided eye contact. It has been said that “the eyes are the mirror of the soul.” Many people know that their eyes betray their lies. Some try to conceal the truth by wearing sunglasses or looking down at the ground.

Eventually, you will confront someone and need to know if they are being honest. It may be a friend, a family member or an employee. Police have established a method of evaluating the truthfulness of a person by watching the movements of their eyes. It’s not an exact science by any means, and it can be manipulated by a skilled criminal or a seasoned liar, but it is generally accepted as a good indicator of honesty.

The following are some general patterns that you can use when talking to someone. It shows the various directions of eye movements of a person and explains what is usually going on in their mind at that moment. It illustrates that a glance to the observer’s left usually reveals a creative process – when someone is “making up” facts or lying. A glance to the observer’s right reveals that the subject is remembering facts.

Here is a more detailed explanation of this method:

Up and to the Left: Indicates a visually constructed Images. If you asked someone to “Imagine an ice cream sundae with a red cherry on top”, this would be the direction their eyes moved. In their mind they are “Visually Constructing” an ice cream sundae with a cherry in their mind.

Up and to the Right: Indicates Visually Remembered Images. If you asked someone to “What color shirt or blouse did you wear yesterday?”, this would be the direction their eyes moved. In their mind they are “Visually Remembering” the color.

To the Left: Indicates an Auditory Construct thought. If you asked someone to “Try and ceate the sound of a speeding train in your head”, this would be the direction their eyes moved. In their mind they are imagining and creating the sound of a speeding train.

To the Right: Indicates an Auditory Memory. If you asked someone to “Remember what the National Anthem sounds like”, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while remembering the song.

Down and to the Left: Indicates a Feeling / Kinesthetic / Sensory impression that is being created. If you asked someone to “Can you remember the taste of chocolate?”, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while they recalled a smell, feeling, or taste of eating chocolate.

Down and To the Right: Indicates an Internal Dialog. This is the direction of someone’s eyes as they “talk to themselves.”

How to use this information to detect a lie?

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