Kathie Lee & Hoda: How to Spot a Liar & Identifying Nonverbal Cues


Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Spot a Liar

Everyone lies whether they admit to it or not. From politicians lying about the prostitutes they ordered with the state’s money to your little brother lying about being in your room, everyone lies for some reason and Kathie Lee and Hoda now know how to spot a liar. They brought on former US Secret Service agent, Eva Poumpouras, who gave them tips for spotting a liar.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: How to Spot a Liar & Identifying Nonverbal Cues

Kathie Lee and Hoda talked with a former secret service agent about how to spot a liar and finding verbal and nonverbal cues when someone is lying.


Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Spot Verbal and Nonverbal Cues Of a Liar

Poumporas said the first thing everyone needs to do to find a liar is to look closely for verbal and nonverbal cues. She said body language can reveal a lot about a person. Even if the person is the best liar in the world, they are still going to have body cues because the person’s body is worried about being caught and they may subconsciously tell they are lying.

The movement of the eyes is the best nonverbal cue according to Poumpouras. When someone is looking down and to the left, they are probably lying. If they are looking up and to the right, they are trying to be creative with their ideas. If the person is looking up and to the left, they are trying to recall something. And if they look down and to the right, the person is thinking about their feelings. She noted that all these are assumptions and they are opposite for a person who is left-handed.

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Lance Armstong Verbal Cues

To see how well the co-hosts are at picking up on a liar, the three women watched a video of Lance Armstrong lying about his steroid use. In the video he overcompensates when asked if he has used steroids, saying “never” and “never, no way.” Poumpouras said these are verbal cues because most people would simply say no to such a question but he is overcompensating.


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Anthony Weiner Verbal Cues When Lying

They also looked at a video of Anthony Weiner lying about sending a tweet to a woman. He said he never knew the “poor girl” and it is a shame she got dragged into the mess. While Hoda pointed out that he did look down and to the left, Poumpouras said a better tell that he is lying is that he is separating himself from the woman by making it seem all about her and not about him.

She also pointed out that he beat around the bush on the questions. He didn’t answer them directly and he also talked a lot more than he had to. He simply had to say he had nothing to do with it instead of giving his long-winded answer.


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