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  • verbal response

    6 8.70%
  • body language

    63 91.30%

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    Verbal response vs. body language

    You ask your child, "Did you eat any of the cookies?" Your child responds, "No" and looks down and away from you.

    Which one is the better indicator of what the truth is- the verbal response or the body language of your child not wanting to look you in the eye?


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    Id say body language means more. Ive always gone by the saying actions speak louder than words. and it is so true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cynpat2000
    Id say body language means more. Ive always gone by the saying actions speak louder than words. and it is so true.
    Amen.I have a mentally ill relative and I know you have to forget what they say..look at what they do..that's where the truth really is.Even if someone isn't mental,I think that still seems to be true,look at what they do.
    something to ponder:

    When the corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and the mortal have put on immortality, then shall we be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

    O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?

    The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.
    But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Corinthians 15:54-57

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    That's a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables involved. It totally depends on the person, the age of the person, and you would have to have a gauge of past verbal answers and body language.

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    People can learn to lie very smoothly but IMO it's more difficult to manipulate your body language (not saying it can't be done)

    VB

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    Quote Originally Posted by julianne
    That's a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables involved. It totally depends on the person, the age of the person, and you would have to have a gauge of past verbal answers and body language.
    Right now what does your gut instinct tell you?


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    A good sales person can stand right in front of you lying thru their teeth and have the correct body language to support their lies.

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    Neither for me.

    An honest, good person can be nervous enough that their body language looks like a lie, what is said can include enough truth to make it seem absolutely true. Actions speak loudest. Outside of that, I look for consistiency in what is said. Body language means something, but I don't trust it - too easy to be fooled both ways with that - to think an honest person is dishonest, to think a liar honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icedtea4me
    You ask your child, "Did you eat any of the cookies?" Your child responds, "No" and looks down and away from you.

    Which one is the better indicator of what the truth is- the verbal response or the body language of your child not wanting to look you in the eye?


    -Tea
    For an example - "No" and looking down and away - could be a child feeling betrayed that you don't trust them. Or that they saw their friend do it, and feel they have to keep the secret. Or simply that the cat walked past their legs, and distracted them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Details
    For an example - "No" and looking down and away - could be a child feeling betrayed that you don't trust them. Or that they saw their friend do it, and feel they have to keep the secret. Or simply that the cat walked past their legs, and distracted them.
    Well, John Ramsey did just that when he and Patsy were asked by Paula Woodard in the May 1, 1997 CNN interview if there was any inappropriate behavior going on in the home. There was no cat that walked between his legs.


    -Tea


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    I voted for body language. When my husband lies to me, he always...ALWAYS...rubs his right leg, with the palm of his right hand, AND averts his eyes. His mom said that when he was little, thats how she knew that he was lying, even way back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ames
    I voted for body language. When my husband lies to me, he always...ALWAYS...rubs his right leg, with the palm of his right hand, AND averts his eyes. His mom said that when he was little, thats how she knew that he was lying, even way back then.
    Yes,I know someone who yawns every time a lie is told.It's hard to hide.
    something to ponder:

    When the corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and the mortal have put on immortality, then shall we be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

    O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?

    The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.
    But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Corinthians 15:54-57

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    and NC cares...

    This isn't a personal attack but isn't North Carolina the state that kept re-electing Jesse Helms..an avowed racist..to the Senate ? The same state where neo-nazis fought protesters in Greensboro ..I think that was back in the 80's.Must show how old I am.Not a very hospitable state.
    I would say..as I have elsewhere in this forum..that making assumptions on what you think someone should do isn't always accurate. Didn't Joe Friday always say.."Just the facts mam..just the facts"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGRYWOLF
    This isn't a personal attack but isn't North Carolina the state that kept re-electing Jesse Helms..an avowed racist..to the Senate ? The same state where neo-nazis fought protesters in Greensboro ..I think that was back in the 80's.Must show how old I am.Not a very hospitable state.
    I would say..as I have elsewhere in this forum..that making assumptions on what you think someone should do isn't always accurate. Didn't Joe Friday always say.."Just the facts mam..just the facts"....
    Cheap shot Ang.There are lots of fine ppl here.
    I didn't say I thought anyone should do anything..just that there are certainly things that set of the alarms of suspicious behavior.And we have a right to comment on those.
    something to ponder:

    When the corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and the mortal have put on immortality, then shall we be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

    O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?

    The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.
    But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Corinthians 15:54-57

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGRYWOLF
    This isn't a personal attack but isn't North Carolina the state that kept re-electing Jesse Helms..an avowed racist..to the Senate ? The same state where neo-nazis fought protesters in Greensboro ..I think that was back in the 80's.Must show how old I am.Not a very hospitable state.
    I would say..as I have elsewhere in this forum..that making assumptions on what you think someone should do isn't always accurate. Didn't Joe Friday always say.."Just the facts mam..just the facts"....
    Can't forget about West Virginia with its Robert KKK Byrd.


    -Tea

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