Deception Tips Video 9 – Part 1 – Converting Statements

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 tip that is something that you hear on a regular basis and is sort of confusing. So, I’m going to preface it by saying you should check out the Deception Tips Podcast. It’s episode number 9 and you can do that on This is about converting statements. So, sometimes you can make a positive statement into a negative statement, and a negative statement into a positive statement. And what this does is, when it happens, it’s something that sounds natural in some cases and completely crazy in other cases.

And so, depending on the type of question, the statement could either be true or a lie. Or, in general, it could be like something that sounds like a truthful response, but in this case, it could be a deceptive response. So, it is something that is not quite set in stone. It’s not easy to understand but it’s something when you hear, you can kind of think about it. And it is a red flag that could alert you to other signs.

So, here it is. This is Deception Tip number 9: Some liars may make positive statements negative, or vice versa, to provide quick answers to the question. Example: “Did you…?” “No, I did not do…” So, there are a couple of parts to this. And, when people answer something, or give a quick response- that is the first part, is quick response- we’re going to talk about that in another video. But when people give a quick answer to a question, usually they’re just kind of throwing that out there to satisfy the questioner.

Then the second part is they’re converting the statement. So, in this -this is going to be a two-part video. So, this is going to be part one. And the reason we’re doing this is because it is a lot of information and it is essential that you kind of get it down. The main thing is, when you hear this happen, you know that it is a warning sign for potential deception. So, then you would begin to look for other clusters and patterns of behavior.

So, in this one, we’ll start out with a simple question. Now, obviously, the best question to ask anyone when seeking the truth is a yes-or-no question. So, in this example we’ll use, “Did you take my money?” So, I would ask you, “Did you take my money?” And there are four different ways you could respond to that. So, you could either say: Yes, you did- yes you took my money, no you did not do it, no you did it, or yes you did not do it. So, it’s yes and no and then with a scenario of you either did it or you didn’t do it. So, that’s why there are four scenarios.

Now, the first one is the typical response. So, “Did you take my money?” You would say “No, I did not take your money.” Now, that one is a potential lying response. For one thing, when we talked about contractions- when you separate that- that is a kind of a lying behavior. And, in addition, when you say “no,” you took that positive statement and made it a negative by adding a ‘no’ and a ‘not.’

So, the positive statement is “I did it.” And then you say ‘no’ and then ‘not,’ “No, I did not do it.” You’re taking a positive statement- “I did it.”- and made it negative, which could potentially be a lying statement. Also, the double negative- which is something we’ll talk about in a future video- that’s kind of double emphasizing that scenario.

The you could also say, ‘Yes, you did it.’ So, “Yes, I did it.” That would be, typically, a truthful response. “Did you take my money?” “Yes, I did it.” But, on some grounds that could be a double positive, or reinforcing a positive, which could lead you to be a little bit suspicious.

And then, the other two answers really kind of don’t make sense. So, “Did you take my money?” “Yes, I did not.” Well, that doesn’t make sense really at all. And then, “No, I did.” So, that one again is kind of just a weird response. It’s a weird answer. So, either of those two- “Did you take my money?” “Yes, I did not.” “Did you take my money?” “No, I did.” Both of them don’t really make sense, and so they would typically be in a lying category.

Now, obviously, this could be done with any sort of question. It doesn’t have to be “Did you take my money?” But, it’s a question of- a direct question- with a yes or no answer. And then, these people who are responding just add that other information in that and they take a negative and make it positive, or a positive and make it negative. For any of those reasons, that could be a typical deceptive response.

Again, check out the podcasts- it’s episode 9. That will really help you clarify some of this. In addition, if this is your first time watching these videos, I would love to have you subscribe to the channel on YouTube. They’re all about teaching you how to read people and detect deception, so that you will know what every body is saying. If you’d like more information we’ve got books, podcasts, blog posts all available on that are dedicated to teaching you what every body is really saying. Until next time.