Deception Tips Video 19 – Contempt

Hey guys, my name is Spencer Coffman. Thank you for watching the Deception Tips Videos, they’re all about teaching you how to read people and detect deception so that you will know if someone is lying to you.

Today, we are going to talk about a facial expression that is the only facial expression that is asymmetrical. Now that means that it is not the same on the right and the left side of the face. Most facial expressions, most truthful, genuine and sincere facial expressions are symmetrical. They happened evenly on both sides of the face. However, this facial expression is the only one that is not symmetrical. It is asymmetrical.

So here it is, Deception Tip Number 19: Contempt is the only asymmetrical facial expression. Liars may display it when targets suggest incorrect, or inept, answers.

So what this means is that it will show up on one side of the face and not the other. Now contempt is often hard to see because it is usually masked with a smile. So if you remember from previous videos, the right brain and the left brain control opposite sides of the body. In addition, one of them is more determinant in false emotions and the other one is more expressive in true emotions, or genuine, truthful, sincere emotions.

So the right brain controls the left side of the body, and the left brain controls the right side of the body. You will see contempt mainly on the right side of the face because it is on the left brain that controls it, which is associated with truthful emotion. So contempt will appear on the right side of the face. Now, this is a generalization. If some people have dominant hands or dominant brains, then it could be different.

Now, Keep in mind this is not two separate brains, it is the same brain, but it’s two different hemispheres. So, the right side of the face is where you would typically see this contempt emotion. Then, the right brain, or the right cerebral hemisphere, would put a masking smile on the left side of the face to even out that contempt.

Because contempt really looks like half of a smile. It is like that typical fake type smile that you would see in paintings, maybe like a Mona Lisa smile type of an example, and it is often masked with a full smile that you will see. Now, when does this happen? Contempt comes about when people are believing that they are superior to other people. So it is like if you are interrogating someone, or if you’re questioning someone, or you are trying to find the truth and you are going in the wrong direction, or the liar thinks you are going in the wrong direction, they may show contempt.

So this is a great thing for you to take advantage of as someone who is seeking the truth, is you could purposefully suggest or pretend to believe certain things that you know are way off base. Like stupid answers, or a story that doesn’t even make sense. You let them believe that they are fooling you and see if they show that contempt. And if they do, and if you can see it because it’s going to be very quick on their face, and then it could be masked with a slight enjoyment smile, but then they would quickly conceal it again.

So it’ll be very quick, but you could use this to determine whether or not they feel like they are superior to you when you are going down the wrong road. That would help you determine which path you need to take and how you need to question them for further truthful answers. As always, keep in mind that there will be more than one sign, and with contempt, it is the only one that is asymmetrical.

So if you see something on their face that is not symmetrical, say and ask yourself if it could be contempt. If it couldn’t be contempt, then figure out what is going on, because then it is deception. I want to thank you for watching these videos.

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