People often ask me if little kids show the same signs of lying as adults. The answer is yes. So I thought this month we’d take a break from more ‘important’ lies and study someone much smaller and cuter. And this video may just get you into the holiday spirit, too.
Check out this video and see if you can pick out any of his signs of lying.
Here’s what I see.
At first as he’s asked what he’s eating we see his smile only with his mouth, not with his eyes. This isn’t a real smile. Real smiles use the eyes. This is our first sign of a coverup from this little criminal.
Then as he looks down, we see him pull the corners of his lips back. That says fear. He knows he’s in for some trouble.
He also frequently looks away from his mom as he answers. This isn’t always a sign of deception but in this case I’m thinking it is. He’s trying to avoid the threat.
As he’s shown the evidence he shows his palms and says ‘well they’re not empty.’ Which is true. People show their palms when they’re telling the truth.
Then he says it again and we see him pull the corners of his lips back again. That’s fear.
He then says ‘I did not twice.’ Taking the contraction out. This is often a sign of deception.
And he does his pattern all over again twice when he’s asked about it and it’s pointed out that there’s sprinkles on his face. No contraction, lips pulled back. Looking away.
And finally he puts his hands behind him—that shows he’s hiding something- and backs away. He’s trying to get as far away from this topic as he can.
I think we can call the Case of the Sprinkle Caper closed. Yep he’s the cutest liar ever.