Looking for Hot Spots
So you want to catch a liar in the act. What is the first thing you should look for? The answer are what researchers call “hot spots”.
As you may know already, hot spots are inconsistencies between what people say and what their nonverbals are saying.
For example, if you ask a person how they like your dress and they say “I love it!” but they flash a sign of disgust, this would be a hot spot. What they said and what their body said are inconsistent with each other.
Its important to understand that hot spots always a sign that someone is lying, but often times are situations where there is an underlying or hidden message.
If you see a hot spot and you feel the situation is necessary, you should ask more questions, or find out why that individual has hidden feelings about that topic. Don’t jump to the conclusion that they are automatically lying.
We’ve compiled a couple videos for you to see if you can see any hot spots: micros, gestures or other nonverbal behavior that may contradict their verbal statements.
The videos are of various individuals who were questioned about their honesty at one time or another.
The first video is of Scott Peterson on the disappearance of his wife Laci. The second video is of the Heene Family who were accused of lying about their son being in their homemade balloon. The final video is of the Salahi couple, who were accused of crashing the white house party a few months ago.
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