I'm a longtime student of interpreting body language and eye movements to determine if someone is telling the truth. During my law enforcement and retail loss prevention career I've had the opportunity to interview hundreds of employees suspected of dishonesty. Reading body language to determine truth is a science.Â Although there are numerous schools that teach the subject, the two main ones are W-Z and AssociatesÂ Â andÂ John E. Reid and Associates.
Not long ago I spoke before an Interpersonal Relationship class at an American Management Association seminar about usingÂ neuro-linguistic movementsÂ toÂ determine truthful and false statements.Â At the end of the first day IÂ told the attendees to try an experiment at home to test whatÂ they had learned. Those with small children had them tell a bedtime store; one that the child knew well. They were told to look for right and left brain reactions as the child told the story. They then told their children to tell another bedtime store, this time making up the story as they went along. The next day the results were as I suspected. Many participated in the exercise and reported that they were astounded by what they had learned from their children. They now were able to, more accurately; determine when their children were telling them the truth. Many years ago I taught my wife this technique as she was really fustrated one day and asked me, "How do you always know when the kids are telling the truth?"
Try this with your children - you'll be amazed by the results. Here's a guide to use. Let me know about your results.
The following guide is reprinted with permission from W-Z & Associates -
Neuro-Linguistic Eye Movement - The eyes are used by each of us as we begin to recall or create information from our visual, auditory, or kinesic channels.Â By determining which representational system a subject is using, the interviewer can ascertain whether or not the information is being recalled or created.
Eye movement of subject
Up and to the left:Â Â Â visually recalling
Up and to the right:Â Â visually creating
Straight across to the left:Â Â recalling something heard
Straight across to the right:Â Â creating something heard
Down and to the left:Â Â internal dialogue
Down and to the right:Â internal feelings, touch
- Curtis Baillie, Principal Consultant - Security Consulting Strategies, LLC