Deception Tips Video 22 – Locked Ankles

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 be able to tell if someone is lying to you.

Today, we are going to talk about a cool behavior that really only happens when liars are sitting down. It is a behavior that you will see on one of the most expressive parts of the body. Now, it is one of the most expressive parts of the body because it is very, very difficult, or it’s really not very difficult, but it’s liars do not think about concealing or hiding it.

In reality, the face is the most expressive part of the body. However, people know that. They know that their face has all kinds of muscles in it, emotions, everything comes out through the face, so they do a lot and they pay a lot more attention and take a lot of extra care to hide those emotions and conceal them or mask them, or turn them into something else.

So the 2nd it’s really the 2nd most expressive part of the body is on the legs. Because most people think, “well, the legs are usually behind a table, they’re under the chair,” something like that, so people don’t really see them, so they just kind of let the leakage happen on their legs. So today, we are going to talk about a really cool sign that you can watch for when Liars are sitting down.

So here it is, Deception Tip number 22: Seated liars will often lock their ankles and may even tuck them back in an attempt to minimize their body and block off the perceptions of others.

So this is important. This is, there are a few different steps within this. So number one, the liars have to be seated. So they’ll be a seated liar who, this is typical, usually you know in, in interrogation situations or when someone is being questioned, they usually have them sit down. Whether you’re sitting down on the couch, at the kitchen table, or whether you’re in a room with one of those metal tables and a metal chair. It doesn’t matter.

Usually, when you’re questioning or when you’re trying to find the truth, you’re talking with someone as they’re sitting down. So when they’re sitting down, they may do some different behaviors and their legs are something you can watch for. So they may cross their ankles. Now, this is typically done down by the shins or the calf muscle area, it’s not like a normal crossing your legs in the figure 4 position, or leg over leg. This is down where they tuck one ankle on another, kind of like this, in an “X” position.

So this will be done, and it’s very, very similar to folding the arms. Because when you fold your arms, this is more of like a pretzel looking thing, but it is an “X”, so it’s blocking perceptions or warding people off. It’s a very similar thing. When you fold your arms, you could be defensive, withholding, or you could just need some kind of like a comfort gesture, or it could be that you’re cold, there could be various reasons.

Similarly, when people cross their legs down there like an “X”, it could be a form of like a comfort, as in like, when you fold your arms you kind of giving yourself a little bit of a hug there, and push, putting some tension. Same way with the legs. They could do that and push one leg on another, and kind of release a little bit of tension which could be a potential deceptive behavior because they’re releasing tension.

In addition, it’s also blocking perceptions. And then, the next part is if they tuck that underneath the chair, or behind them, now they’re withdrawing from the situation. They’re pulling back. So they’re going away. It’s kind of like when they’re looking towards the exit, they want to escape. So now it’s, turns it from a single sign of potential deception of crossing the legs, but when they cross ’em and tuck them back, now it becomes a cluster, or a pattern of behaviors because they are doing multiple signs of deception.

Now, as always, you will want to look for this in other signs as well. So not only with the legs but you’ll also pay attention to the rest of the body, and the face, and also what they’re saying because if they are showing something on their legs, if they’re crossing their legs and tucking them back, the chances of them leaking another behavior on another part of the body are very, very high. So pay attention to clusters and patterns of behavior as well.

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