Deception Tips Video 23 – Left Side
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 to detect deception so that you will be able to tell if someone is lying to you.
Today we’re going to talk about a cool facial expression. We’ve talked about it a couple times before in past videos, just kind of hinted on it, how the right cerebral hemisphere and the left cerebral hemisphere are contralaterally related to the face, which means they control opposite sides of the face. So the right brain controls the left side of the face and the left brain controls the right side of the face. Now it’s hemispheres, it’s not two separate brains, but you get the idea.
So today we are going to talk about how false expressions and false emotions are more predominant on the left side of the face. This is because they are controlled by the right brain, which is typically more dominant in false emotions.
So here it is, this is Deception Tip number 23: Watch facial expressions carefully. If the left side is more expressive than the right, that may indicate false emotion or deception.
So this is important for you because you want to watch, typically, as you’ve learned before, facial expressions are always symmetrical. Truthful facial expressions are always symmetric. With the exception of contempt, which is the only facial expression that is asymmetrical. That means it happens only on one side of the face. Now based on what I’ve just said and what you’ve learned, if the right side of the brain controls the left side of the face, and that is indicating in deception, but the left side of the brain controls the right side of the face, which is truthful emotion, where would you expect to see contempt? You would expect to see this on the right side of the face.
This is because the left side of the brain controls the right side of the face, which is truthful emotion. So that would be contempt, which would be on the right side of the face. Then the right brain would come in and kick into action and put an expression on the left side of the face to even out that contempt and turn it into a smile. That would be a deceptive behavior.
So you’d have the truthful emotion that would leak out, it would be a micro expression, really quick, come on the right side of the face then the left side of the face would come in with a masking expression, and even it out into a masking smile. So that’s what you need to watch for with this, is most of the time emotions, truthful emotions, are masked instead of concealed or withheld. Because it is very difficult to prevent yourself from being expressive.
If you like something, or if you’re happy, you smile. Now if you smile, but you don’t want to appear that you’re smiling, you may conceal that by turning it into something else. Or like when you yawn, do you ever yawn, and it’s kind of uncontrollable, you don’t know why you yawn, it just happens. Or if someone else yawns, it’s contagious and then you yawn. What you can do is, it’s a lot easier to either let that yawn just happen or to conceal it by kind of clenching your jaw. Now I wasn’t talking about it, you might even yarn, or I might yawn, because it’s going on in our minds. It’s a very weird thing, but it’s easier for you to conceal or mask that yawn then it is to stop that yawn from happening altogether.
In the same way, this is the same with emotions. It’s a lot easier to conceal or mask them than to stop them from happening altogether. So watch out for this. If you see smiles, or if you see other things on that come in on the left side of the face, then you need to watch and say, “did I miss some truthful expression that came just before that?” Now, this whole thing can play out in like one second. Now with smiles, it could be a little bit longer.
For example, we’ll run through a contempt situation where they would see contempt come on the right side of the face and that would happen for maybe like a quarter of a second, then the brain catches up and the right brain kicks in and moves that smile on the left side of face to try to even out that contempt. Because the contempt is sort of like a half of a smile, and then the right, left side would kick in and then after that, the left side may even kick in a little too high, so now the smile will be higher on the left than on the right. And then eventually, if something enjoyable happens, or if their brain kind of catches up, and they can convince themselves that it is a real smile, it could turn into a real smile. And now this whole thing could last for maybe two to four seconds.
So it’s very, very short. And it’s very brief, and if you catch it too late and you see the whole smile happening, now you may not know what came before it. But don’t worry, because there will always be more than one sign. Anytime someone is lying, they’re going to display leakage all over the place. It’ll be all over the face, all over the body, the legs, just pay attention to all of the behaviors. And if you see something that you question or that you kind of wonder if you missed something, now you can just kind of start focusing a little bit more and pay a little bit closer attention to determine if there are more signs that follow.
If not, then no big deal, but if there are, you will be watching to catch them and to know whether or not they are telling the truth. If this is your first time watching these videos, I would love to have you subscribe to the channel on YouTube. Also, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them there as well. In addition, if you’d like some more information, we’ve got books, podcasts, blog posts, all available on SpencerCoffman.com that are 100% dedicated to teaching you exactly what every body is saying. Until next time.