E96 — Social Influence — Deception Tips Podcast



Deception Tip 96: Liars often look for approval from others. Watch for signs of social influence such as looking around before giving an answer.

Hello and welcome to the Deception Tips podcast where you will learn amazing cues to detect deceit that will help you read people like never before. I’m your host Spencer Coffman, let’s get started.

Become a Medium member and get instant access to unlimited articles.

Hello and welcome to episode 96 of the Deception Tips podcast. Thank you for listening to this podcast and for continuing to tune in to episode after episode.

I really hope that you will take a few minutes to go on iTunes or iHeartRadio or wherever you are listening to this podcast and that you would take a couple minutes to leave a review.

Reviews are super important and they really help other people find this podcast and listen to it and learn how to read people and detect deception so that they won’t be taken advantage of by lies. So, if you could do that I greatly appreciate it, also, for your own time, if you would like to check out any of the books that I have.

They will really help you to learn even more about body language and reading people and detecting deception. Thanks again for listening and your continued listening of the Deception Tips podcast. I hope that you are really learning how to read people and detect deception.

Last week, we spoke about something that as a lie spotter or a lie detector, you should avoid doing, it is Overconfidence. You want to avoid being overconfident because then you will start to seem a little bit arrogant or like you know everything that’s going on. People don’t like that, nobody likes to be around a know-it-all or someone who is arrogant and thinks that they’re better than everybody else.

Therefore, when you become over-confident, these people may start to use your lie spotting ability against you by feeding you misinformation, by hiding certain things, or being extra self-conscious.

They won’t exhibit as many signs of leakage or deception or when they do exhibit these signs, there are a lot less or a lot more hidden than normal people who aren’t on high alert, so to speak.

Therefore, stay humble in your lie spotting ability because the fewer people that know means the better advantage you have of learning and understanding what is really going on in their behavior. Obviously, as you start to read people, you’re going to get to know them a little more, and you’re going to understand a little more about them.

They’re obviously going to know something’s up because how else would you be able to know all this information. They might accuse you of being a stocker or something like that and you’re simply going to say, no, I’m not, I’m just good at reading people then they’re going to know. However, they’re not going to feel like you’re arrogant and cocky with that ability and that is what is important.

Today, we are going to talk about another tip, this one is on the liar, a tip about people when they’re telling lies. Humans are social creatures, we like approval from other people, and we like to feel like we belong.

We like to feel like we matter, that we’re important, we want to be valued, and we want to be approved by others. It doesn’t really matter about anything else, people simply like to feel like they belong, like they’re important.

If they’re not feeling that way, then they’re going to move on to the next thing until they can feel like they matter. People want to feel like they matter, they want to feel like they belong and that is evident not only in work, in school, or anywhere else but it’s also evident in body language and in lie spotting.

Therefore, when you are detecting deception and spotting lies, take a look around for these types of social influence. Things that show you that people look for approval when they’re telling their stories or when they’re telling their lies or giving an answer.

You’ll typically see this when people are together, when they’re with a group or if they experienced the same thing and they want to give an answer but they want to look for approval first.

If you have family situations where the child is asked a question and then they look at one of the parents before answering, they’re looking for that approval. So, you’ll see this same behavior, I hope you have a visual of what I’m talking about here because it is important.

It is something to look for and it happens a lot, not necessarily with lying, it just happens in general with that family situation where the child will look at the parent before answering a stranger or something like that.

‘What’s your name, honey?’ They look at the parent, ‘go ahead, tell him your name’, that kind of a situation, they’re looking for approval before answering. So, that’s what you’re looking for here in deception detection, in this specific tip among liars.

Here it is, this is Deception Tip number 96. Liars often look for approval from others. Watch for signs of social influence such as looking around before giving an answer. Here it is again, Deception Tip number 96. Liars often look for approval from others. Watch for signs of social influence such as looking around before giving an answer.

This is something that is more difficult to notice when you are asking people questions or reading them because if you are interrogating someone one-on-one, there probably aren’t going to be those signs of social influence.

The only way that there could be is if you have a couple of people in the room with you, maybe your partner, and you’re going to go in there together and ask these questions and get the truth.

Well, maybe they look at your partner before answering for a cue or something like that. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the person is lying, however, they are looking over there to get a feel for that person before giving you the answer. So, it is in fact a form of social influence or looking for approval but we’re not sure what kind of approval they are looking for.

Are they looking at that person out of fear? Are they looking at that person because that’s the person who they want to speak with? There could be any number of factors. The main thing to remember in this social influence is that there is a battle going on inside of the liar. Remember they’re under a tremendous amount of stress and tension, it’s boiling up inside of them.

They have that battle between the conscious and the unconscious, the conscious wants the lie to be told and wants to get away with the lie and get out of there. Whereas the unconscious, that’s more calm, easy and keeled, it wants the truth to come out. So, it’s going to leak these signs of deception and these truthful behaviors time and time again.

It’s going to hope that your unconscious notices that and then you’re going to feel like something is off. Now that you have been studying body language and deception, you’ve made those unconscious behaviors part of your conscious, and now you will be able to consciously see them. Your conscious and your unconscious are meshed and you will be able to see these signs and make them a part of your conscious.

You’ll know what they mean and now you can read people and detect deception. You’ll be able to look for these social cues and to see them and spot people who are looking for approval from others before they answer. We’re going to talk a little bit more about the social cues and influence and how they may play a role in lies coming up right after this.

Want to be an expert at detecting deception? Download the Deception Tips eBook and swipe through the pages while waiting in line, in the elevator, or anywhere you have a few minutes to spare. Download it today at spencercoffman.com.

Welcome back to episode 96 of the Deception Tips podcast where we are talking about social influence and how liars may look around for a cue or for visual approval before they give their answer. Before they either tell the truth or the lie, they’re looking for that approval or the nod from someone else. Humans want to feel like they belong and they matter and this is one way of them doing that.

When you’re spotting lies, when you’re talking to people, or when you’re in group situations, maybe it’s at a birthday party or a graduation party, or a wedding. You’re speaking with other people and you’re at the table with a group and you’re having conversations about certain things, pay attention to this form of behavior.

It doesn’t necessarily always happen when someone’s lying, it could happen when they’re shy or when they don’t know what to say or they don’t know if it’s okay if the answer. Maybe a parent said to a child, don’t tell a lot of people about X, Y, Z, and then they get asked a question, so they look at the parent, like, what can I tell him? The parent says, yeah, go ahead and then they tell him.

So, look for these signs when you are out and about at different events and gatherings. Watch people and see when they happen, when social influencer, when this looking around before giving an answer happens. Take note and say, well, it happened in such and such circumstance, and then try to think about it. Did I see any other signs of deception? No. Ok.

After this social approval happened, what happened next? Did they start telling a story? Was the story true or was it a lie? Did I see any evidence of either one? Focus on this as the opening factor. So, when you see this happen, start paying attention to whatever is coming next and see if there’s going to be a lie or a truth coming.

Start to build a catalog of cases so that you will know moving forward a little bit more about how this works. You will understand, okay, I saw this social influence 20 times and 15 times after it I saw other signs that indicated that the story that they were telling was a false story. They showed contradictions in behavior, they had vocal slips, and they didn’t use contractions.

They were being defensive or withholding upon further questions, then you’ll know that this social influence, this looking for approval was an opening or a gateway to a fictitious story. On the other hand, you could also notice that in looking for this social approval or the social influence, looking around before giving an answer, in 20 cases, 15 of them were true.

The story that came next was a true story and then you may conclude that, well, when people look around, looking for this approval when giving an answer that they are more apt to tell the truth. Now they’ve been convicted by one of their peers on this story and given the approval to go ahead and tell the truth.

So, that’s what I want you to pay attention to and to look around because it can be different in your area, it can be different depending on the situation. People may look for an approval to tell a lie or people may look for an approval to tell the truth. The bottom line is that humans want to belong, we want the approval from others. If it takes a lie to do that, then a lot of people are going to lie.

For example, how much do you make in a year? Well, a lot of people greatly exaggerate that amount. Do you like your job? Oh yeah, my job is great, I got a great house, I got this, I’m doing this, I’m not in any debt.

A lot of people talk about their social status like they’re happy with it, like it’s no big deal, it’s not overwhelming them. Their bills are paid, they’re happy, they’re set, everything is good.

However, the vast majority of the population is not okay. In fact, there are some studies that have been out, they’re a little data now, 10 years, but they said that if people needed to come up with $600, $600 one time.

Their car broke, they need $600, 80% of the people cannot do it. You can Google that, take a look at that study, there are going to be tons of other surveys and studies out and about relating to that same thing.

It is a sad situation and a lot of people lie about that and about their standing and social status. They want that approval from others, so they tell these lies and they look for this approval from others in other situations and circumstances. Therefore, that’s what you should watch for, also, remember to watch for other signs of deception.

You’ve learned 96 of them, pay attention to all of these social cues and pay attention to all of these different signs. Put them together, make patterns and clusters of behavior, and continue studying with the Deception Tips videos, books, and other materials out there. There are so many different things you can use to learn more about reading people and detecting deception so that you will not be taken advantage of by lies.

You obviously know this is important because you’ve stuck around long enough, for 96 episodes. Therefore, share this with a few people in your circle, allow them to listen to this podcast, and to start reading people and detecting deception because you believe it’s important, so share it with others as well.

I want to thank you for listening to this week’s episode of the Deception Tips podcast. I really do hope that you’ll share it with your friends, subscribe to the feed, check out the Deception Tips videos, the blog and take a look at the books I have available, and, as always, tune in next week for a new deception tip.


Subscribe on: iTunes | Amazon Music | Spotify | Pandora | Stitcher | TuneIn | iHeartRadio | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Podnova | Player.fm | Feedly | Netvibes | MyYahoo | SubToMe | RSS feed | Castbox | Pocketcasts | Breaker | Verbl | Radio Public | Anchor | Reason |



Body Language Tips By Spencer Coffman

Published author and YouTube creator dedicated to teaching you how to read people and detect deception. spencercoffman.com/deception-tips-blog