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How to spot a liar | Pamela Meyer

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On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Jose Noriega (8 minutes ago)
Nice! very well presented! Thanks for sharing!
Rose Agaatsz (44 minutes ago)
The truth will show up.
Jjjj Llll (5 hours ago)
Body language varies, culture to culture... Also this doesn't address people with autism and other social 'disorders', where body language is different for various reasons. There are many high functioning autistics in society... Sometimes they don't even know it... Their body language would indicate they are lying a lot... Whereas they are more likely to tell the truth than others. This makes a lot of US-Centric cultural assumptions.
EarthAsmr (6 hours ago)
Lie less to yourself, be honest with yourself and be honest to the people in the situations that involve them where they are at least partly responsible for the outcome. I'm not saying dont lie, but I am saying that lies are never cut nor dry UNLESS you cultivate a life where it can work to make people happier. People will always be manipulating eachother, but that does not mean we must be malicious in doing so, love is love. If you can and do love and have an overall moral compass then you are ok, but some people dont, lying is always a flirtation with the evil in fwllow humans, thats why lying will forever shift in our uses and opinions. Lying does have use, evil and moral, thats just a part of being human.
steven w. foster (12 hours ago)
I remember my first lie. I told the truth the first time, but to make it right I was told to lie. After that it became easier and easier. I try so hard not to lie now.
desertrat 218 (1 day ago)
This idea of "we agree to be lied to" is itself a lie, and at that point I stopped watching this ridiculous presentation.
RL Ruby (1 day ago)
This lady Pamela is just making up this hogwash in a presentable manner to sound good. Ted talks are know for it.
Nellie Price (1 day ago)
The reason I do NOT like strangers...or live very remote..so I don't HAVE to come into contact with such!!!!
Greeneteam 14 (1 day ago)
i love this channel
karol87490 (1 day ago)
What a wonderful world full of liers. What happened to HONESTY? WHY THEY DON'T GIVE A TALK ON THE NEED FOR HONESTY!!! TERRIBLE!! That's why we have corrupt people.
K (2 days ago)
damn, wander how she looked like when was she younger
Vesna Rajic (3 days ago)
I can be comfortable knowing the Law is protecting me.. now, I just told you a huge lie 👍👍👍👍👏👏👏
Vesna Rajic (3 days ago)
Bravo Vesna, I love you 👏
Pat Loria (3 days ago)
Imagine what would happen if this kind of quasi-science was admissible in a court of law. Using her own techniques, was she lying about being able to spot liars? She was speaking in a low tone of voice, making direct eye contact with the audience, and was using barriers (including cue cards) between herself and the audience. Hmm...
Jeremy Cornwell (3 days ago)
You still from me a not pay me, I kill you. American
Jeremy Cornwell (3 days ago)
hey! dude! (4 days ago)
as soon as she opened her mouth, i just knew she was lying!
Norma Smith (4 days ago)
Life is hard enough right? We don't need people running around giving instructions on how to judge other people. I would rather know how to spot a psycho.
OneofInfinity (4 days ago)
The only truth is that everybody lies.
Dr. Igor Menchetti (4 days ago)
During my researches I could not find someone who have had experiences with a person who totally invent stories from the bottom. Anyone of you know a person like that? Please share your experience with me
Beyond Beauty69 (4 days ago)
Ask Juan Martinez... jodi arias .. Game over! Though she is borderline personality disordered, pathological liars!!
Stanislaw Dunlap (4 days ago)
I've just spotted one liar in the video!
Joseph Davidson (5 days ago)
Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon are not the same. Can you tell the difference? One defrauded the entire country, and masterminded a robbery of the Democratic party in order to become more powerful politically. The other lied about temptations of the flesh. Get the difference? hmmm
ice_hawk10 (5 days ago)
thing is, even experts vastly overstate their own ability to detect lies. as a general rule, humans suck at it. long term average across many, many studies? 51%. we're right just often enough to convince ourselves that we're better at it than we are.
Jillian Holmes (5 days ago)
And if it’s a political person speaking, yeah, it’s probably a lie
Glenn White (5 days ago)
digerati: plural form of didgeridoo
JR Murphy (6 days ago)
Another TED Talk that gets it very wrong amongst some good information.  I treat ignorant bigoted people with contempt, as I was treated with contempt for years for being angry about not receiving health care and necessaries of life I am entitled to as a disabled person in New Zealand.
roseanna lee (6 days ago)
The one fact that remains is that every one lie and as read true the comments i can see lot of people that are very defensive and that just make me ask my self why . There is always hidden meaning we some try very had to defend a point that discredit them directly or indirectly .I should know this I'm someone that also lie but I'm not afraid to admit to it. We all lie for some reason as she said sometime for no reason it just how we react to criticism. This is just how i see thing obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion
MrAffeman (6 days ago)
Everyone lies but me!
Joel Middaugh (6 days ago)
This woman is lying to you all...she is actually Susan Sarandon.
infoowetrust (6 days ago)
Look for president Drump💩💩💩
Tim toft (6 days ago)
This isn't too accurate. All language is subjective. I work at sales. Body language is easily faked by a large population. Unfortunately this is all hogwash.
This woman is such a liar
12 Free (6 days ago)
I'm not only a superb liar but I'm also an excellent manipulator. If you wear your emotions like a freaking jacket I will instantly know what buttons to press to piss you off sometimes without anyone else knowing. If you're fishing for lies all I have to do is irritate you with small comments, noises, gestures and misleading facial expressions until you're so pissed you can't focus. It's worked since I was 4. luckily I'm not a bigot like Nixon or a child killer like that schizo mother
This is very good information for liars! Thank you! Mwoo hahahahaha (evil laughter)!!!
rasta mandela (6 days ago)
Lies arise from a lack of courage. If you love truth you will know it and the world will hate you because you expose the true self of the liar a coward
Dave Archambault (6 days ago)
Wow. I wonder what Pamela thinks now, in 2017-18-19, the years that truth took a holiday. Regularly scheduled programming will hopefully resume in 2020.
Chris Bailey (7 days ago)
Every time I tell the truth people get pissed or start crying.
Marc Oreiro (7 days ago)
Pp ovv
Twilight Girl (7 days ago)
OMGosh, I sat and listened to this woman for almost 20 minutes and she said nothing. What a waste of time.
Dee Ann (7 days ago)
She sucks. No lie.
UPROAR 24 (7 days ago)
I always take notice to the tone of the voice and micro expressions in a feaction of a second answers every question, say it all.
Ashleigh Rants (7 days ago)
Not true... I get damn mad when someone thinks I’ve lied about something and I haven’t. Like. Really pissed.
Aaabbbccc Bbbccddd (7 days ago)
She is soooo bad at giving her presentation im cringing and turning off !!!
listener01 (8 days ago)
women lie more often.
amycarrmusic (8 days ago)
UGH! That mother, that smile. So creepy
john madison (8 days ago)
The easiest way to see through liars, is just to look the Liberal in the face and watch their lips move.
Tom Koller (8 days ago)
How to spot a liar? Just study Trump.
Side Effects (8 days ago)
I am so not good at hiding my facial expressions! It sucks. I'll be pissed or angry but I'll be trying to play it off and acting normal and people will know. Or if I'm disgusted or not interested in something haha. It kind of sucks
Side Effects (8 days ago)
Hmmmm no lol. We don't all consent to believing lies.
Adam Pearson (8 days ago)
It's not the lie that bothers me, but the insult to my intelligence that I find offensive.
Adam Pearson (8 days ago)
I can consciously contract my crow's feet.
Nelly Makes (8 days ago)
Excellent presentation. I didn’t agree with her placement of the Bible in the company of tabloid fake news sources though. Especially in the context of sharing facts, science and objective hard evidence, subtle subjective opinions were out of place and also unnecessary. But apart from that - WOW- what an informative excellent presentation.
Doug Ribot (8 days ago)
I just get clues in pictures or something part of my whole being tells me. I don't need to try to remember a bunch of clues and look for clusters. I have an inner man.
Nicholas Langenfeld (8 days ago)
Bullshit.....the stats she claims are unquantifiable.
Ethan S (9 days ago)
Smug alert
Randi Kurnia (9 days ago)
not everyone could really spot a lie perfectly. this thing just giving idea that they can spot a liar but not necessarily correct. some people who has lack of empathy might be unable to show true emotion even when they tell the truth
S S (9 days ago)
If someone is looking for lies, they will find them no matter what people do, or how they act. Knowing someone is lying and proving it are two different things. It's funny how all these so called "experts" interview all these women that claim rape and sexual abuse against innocent men and they get away with it. So much for being experts. In many cases the only difference between the truth and a lie is what a person is willing to believe. I have been watching a liar for the past 19 minutes.
John Mueller (9 days ago)
to be honest, your hair is seriously fucked up
Samuel Goldman (9 days ago)
mia frye (9 days ago)
im generally very honest, which means people usually believe me when i omit some of the truth. im not a liar, just dishonest😔
SuperSafetychick (9 days ago)
My ex beat a lie detector test, so I doubt technology. Ha ha lots of cheap shots at POTUS. Let's add HRC, Comey, et al to the jokes. Be honest.🤣
John Call (10 days ago)
Or spot one the easy way. Turn on Fox News and watch the president.
Mark the Demystifier (10 days ago)
Excellent talk
Phil Gilmer (10 days ago)
FYI re Henry Oberlander https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/1978/06/11/ring-of-clumsy-forgers-finally-ends-2-year-run/bbd7f20b-d13d-4cd6-901b-5d68eb6e62a7/?utm_term=.2eed63d16ed5 So ahem.... WAPO published this in 1978, but the speaker states this was not to found anywhere on google?! I did see several other possibly misleading (could they have lied?!) articles aligned to her contention, e.g. https://lminvestorsworldwide.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/we-all-abide-by-henrys-rule/ Where are the references supporting the statistical assertions made in this talk?.... Also, you should realize the authorities/law enforcement (legally) lie? As a general rule, you should retain legal representation (i.e. with all due respect, professional liars) when (truthfully!) interviewing with them.
IT Sundae (10 days ago)
You all are stupid if you seriously think you can spot a liar by examining them. You can't, I am one myself and its way too easy to evolve , and "upgrade" our way we lie. its too easy. It's like spotting a criminal via looking at people. It's only done one way and will always be: facts, investigation, thats it. You need to put together evrything they say and understand whats wrong, then confront the liar, at this point, that person wont have the choice but to tell the truth, ashamed.
Ken Q (10 days ago)
extroverts lie more than introverts ? wow hard to believe. Is it because they have more opportunities to ?
QUEX (10 days ago)
I would assume so. Let's say extroverts say 10,000 words a day. Of course by statistics alone they are gonna tell more fibs than an introvert who only says about 2,500-5,000 words a day.
Thanks for giving me tips to lie better
AJ Silver (10 days ago)
Pfffft, just look at Barry Soetoro and Schumer and Peelosi they are pathological liars.
KaiserSchnitzel (10 days ago)
Just look at Trump and spot a liar.
She mentions Henry Oberlander and says he can't even be found on Google. I've just Googled him. She's a liar.
QUEX (10 days ago)
She means that concrete and biographical info on the man isn't found on the internet. He's a big question mark.
Deng (10 days ago)
As I watched this video, I found a letter from the love of my life saying: "I will always love you no matter what happens, you can count on me that I will keep my words and will keep you safe forever. I love you so much". It was written 10/10/2010, it has been 8 years now and it was the biggest truth that I kept believing everyday of my life. Why it takes so long for me to understand it was only a lie?Until she left me alone. :(
nuttyrabbit08 (10 days ago)
dont waste your time
60 FlatFendr (10 days ago)
1. It's female 2. It's speaking
Marry Johnson (9 days ago)
Poor Incel.
Alex c (11 days ago)
Im gonna fucking find who ate my corn chips thank you Pamela!! They could NOT have eaten themselves and I live in a house of liars
Terry Walk (11 days ago)
Thank you.
Aglae Bornhausen (11 days ago)
How about someone who knew all this to decept/manipulate, I have to admit I’ve been in that position (nothing to damage) but it’s easy to fake body language too
Vink (11 days ago)
9:55 Saying you can't fake a genuine smile is absolutely untrue. I do it all the time as it smooths social interactions when people think you are genuinely enjoying their company, and I know others who can do it too and are similarly well liked. In fact I find it harder to do a 'fake smile' without using the eyes. Maybe some people can't fake a genuine-looking smile but some of us sure can. Don't rely on that to decide whether someone is being truthful!
Gerald Frank (11 days ago)
Lying is WAY MORE acceptable than honesty! 🙄
Sonya Gower (5 days ago)
not in my world, not in my world!
Pamela Meadows (11 days ago)
I don't lie everyday, it's very rare for me to lie. Life is so much easier when you don't feel the need to lie
Dale Robertson (12 days ago)
if we could have only seen trump coming...biggest liar ever
Gemma (12 days ago)
Who'd know lying better than a Jew? lol..
Slomofogo (12 days ago)
She is lying about the prevalence of lying...
DisturbingDevelopment (12 days ago)
This presentation was made BT (before Trump), otherwise every example would have been of him. But picking Trump in a lie is very easy: his lips move.
AmishRiot (12 days ago)
And then we elected a malignant habitual liar to the highest office in the country.
WOW! After watching this I now now realize Justin Trudeau is a HUGE liar.
Freddie Trollabyte (13 days ago)
Truth is like poetry. Everyone hates it.
Kim van Iterson (13 days ago)
Anyone else disproportionately annoyed by the unevennes of the bottom of her jacket?
Daria (13 days ago)
in fact she just summed up the books written by Paul Ekman about lies and body language 😕
Euphoric Concepts (13 days ago)
OMG...I just watched a Dr. Phil clip on this topic - he TOTALLY used a statement from this lady verbatim - lol and he kept his arms crossed the entire time 🤔
Carol-Ann Nelson (14 days ago)
Can someone sent this to trumps doctors so they can finally put him away for all the lies he has told the American people?
Mayya Patent (14 days ago)
Superior ability to spot a liar does not make one a superior judge of character. Pamela Meyer's shortsightedness is so disappointing in the following article: https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/pamela-meyer-trump-art-article-1.2547796 | 1clickurls.com/BHYG60V
Ken (14 days ago)
"On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times" You maybe. I say get better friends.
B K (14 days ago)
The thing that makes me a bad liar is I think liars are pieces of dirt
12B (15 days ago)
people lie cuz they're scared
Youre Wanting Videos (15 days ago)
In short...if there pants are on fire... they're a lier !!
Sarah Warren (15 days ago)
I feel a lot of the indicators of a liar, like looking away and pausing before answering, could be attributed to someone with social anxiety or ADHD using learned methods to respond in a more normal way.
Mr Blue Sky (15 days ago)
How to spot a liar 2019 "Trump" "Thank you, good night!"
john wilen (16 days ago)
Pamela has something special going on with her voice and the way she speaks. For so reason I could listen to her talk about anything and it would be intriguing. Awesome video!
Rev. Paul Yim (16 days ago)
Nietzsche once said... you claim to help people for the sake of justice... but in fact, you're just trying to get people's attention for the sake of gaining power and getting rich. A wrong motivation is way worse than a lie... how can you prove your motive is right? That's the real question when i watch things like this...
John Almanzor (17 days ago)
This is the type of bullshit that gets people wrongly convicted of crimes.
Jamison Young (17 days ago)

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