Clues to Help Tell if You’re Being Lied To in Texts, Email or Online
When you communicate with someone in texts, via email or online, you don’t got the kind body language and voice clues you would if you were speaking face-to-face, and that can make it harder to know if they’re lying to you. The Wall Street Journal yesterday (May 20th) gave some clues that could help you tell, suggested by Tyler Cohen Wood, an intelligence officer and cyber branch chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Science and Technology Directorate. They are:
- The use of emphatic language or repeating the same thing over and over again in slightly different ways
- Language that distances the writer from the reader, such as leaving out personal pronouns and references to themselves in a story
- Unanswered questions, in which the other person hedges or changes the subject
- Noncommittal statements like “pretty sure,” “probably,” “must have” or “maybe”
- Qualifying statements, like “to be honest,” “there is nothing to worry about” or “I hate to tell you this”
- Tense hopping — Someone describing an event in the past usually uses the past tense, but if midway through a story they start lying, they see what they’re making up in their head and can change to the present tense.
- If you know how the person usually writes online, look for deviations from that norm.
College Dropout Calls In Bomb Threat To Cancel Graduation
Quinnipiac University dropout Danielle Shea was recently arrested for making a bomb threat before the school’s graduation ceremony. She attempted to cancel the graduation because she didn’t tell her parents that she dropped out and was afraid they were going to attend the ceremony. The NY Daily News claims Danielle told a dispatcher: “Several bombs are on campus. You haven’t cleared out graduation. That’s not a good idea.” Cops traced Danielle’s phone number. They arrested her at the ceremony when she showed up in a cap and gown. Danielle admitted to pocketing the tuition money her mom was sending her.