J.J. Newberry was a trained federal agent, skilled in the art of deception
detection. So when a witness to a shooting sat in front of him and tried to
tell him that when she heard gunshots she didn't look, she just ran -- he knew
she was lying.
How did Newberry reach this conclusion? The answer is by recognizing
telltale signs that a person isn't being honest, like inconsistencies in a
story, behavior that's different from a person's norm, or too much detail in an
According to Meredith Vieira, who for nine years has famously shared a couch
and her opinions on ABC's hit morning talk show The View, "any
illness is a family illness. It is the other person in the room - a living,
breathing [person] who is there with you. To ignore an illness is not healthy,
particularly if it's chronic."
Vieira may trade quips and barbs on every subject from politics to pop
culture with co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and
While using these signs to catch a liar takes extensive training and
practice, it's no longer only for authorities like Newberry. Now, the average
person can become adept at identifying dishonesty, and it's not as hard as you
might think. Experts tell WebMD the top 10 ways to let the truth be known.
Tip No. 1: Inconsistencies
"When you want to know if someone is lying, look for inconsistencies in
what they are saying," says Newberry, who was a federal agent for 30 years
and a police officer for five.
When the woman he was questioning said she ran and hid after hearing
gunshots -- without looking -- Newberry saw the inconsistency immediately.
"There was something that just didn't fit," says Newberry. "She
heard gunshots but she didn't look? I knew that was inconsistent with how a
person would respond to a situation like that."
So when she wasn't paying attention, he banged on the table. She looked
right at him.
"When a person hears a noise, it's a natural reaction to look toward
it," Newberry tells WebMD. "I knew she heard those gunshots, looked in
the direction from which they came, saw the shooter, and then ran."
Sure enough, he was right.
"Her story was just illogical," says Newberry. "And that's what
you should look for when you're talking to someone who isn't being truthful.
Are there inconsistencies that just don't fit?"