How to Tell If Someone Is Lying
A Person Avoids Saying “I”
In my research, I’ve discovered that when people fib about themselves, they tend to use I and me less often than people who are being truthful. Instead, they’ll speak about themselves in the third person (“This is a girl
who loves to ski”) or even truncate their language (“Really into listening to jazz”)—anything to give themselves psychological
distance from the lie.
Jeffrey Hancock is an associate professor of communication at Cornell University who studies online lying.