From the direction of our gaze to providing much more detail than you need - we all think we can recognize a liar. Apparently, 60 percent of people will lie once during a ten-minute conversation, so that chances are great that a bunch of stuff you hear is not true.
A group of professors from the University Curtin decided to start to dig even deeper into the art of profiling liars by establishing a network formula by which we should be able to separate most sincere individuals and those who are prone to distortion of the truth.
Their research, published recently in the Journal of Business Research, defines 'major' liars as people who tell 12 or more significant untruths in a year.
They also found that 13 percent of people tell 58 percent of the total lies – simpler, that is ten percent of the population that tells more than half of all spoken lies.
Two key groups of 'big liars' originated from the results of their analysis of 3349 examined people who were writing down information from 'all major ethnic, economic and geographic regions' of the United States.
In the first group there are single, less educated, unsociable, men without children who rent apartments. The second group are women: married, young, rich, unsociable and owners of apartments or houses.
Women older than 70 years tell least lies, show the results of this survey. Arch Woodside, the leader of the research, believes that the reason is 'desire to be helpful, even if the truth hurts'.
Of course, none of this means that fulfillment of all these descriptions means that you are or aren't a liar. 'There is no gender preference in identifying liars,' admits Woodside, 'but gender appears as a factor of specific configurations that indicate that someone is a great liar, and some of them are specific for women and other for men'.
In order to detect fraud, Woodside recommended time, above all. 'Compare what they do with what they say they do', he says for Broadly.
'Because people mostly lie to themselves'. 'If you are looking for the truth, talk to people over the age of seventy', he adds, referring to the additional findings that five out of six older people will 'tell the truth'. And finally, he concludes that "we don't know ourselves well enough, although most people think it is not so. And this opinion could be the biggest lie of all'.