Welcome to the newest series, the Truth Detection Series. I decided to start this series because of the high demand for body language that helps us detects lies. First off, I named the series “truth detection” because I want the main goal of the series to be about finding the truth. If you enjoy videos more than reading blogs, check out the video at the bottom of this post

The first episode of the truth detection series is going to be about pacifiers. A pacifier or pacifies is defined as, “to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquility; quiet; calm: to pacify an angry man.” Pacifiers are also referred to as “adapters”. I first learned about pacifiers in Joe Navarro’s book, “What EveryBODY is Saying” . Pacifiers work in the same way that a pacifier helps a baby calm down and quit crying. We, as adults, use pacifiers to help us relax after a stressful situation. Much like arm crossing, our pacifying behavior changes as we grow older. We go from thumb-sucking to biting pencils or our nails.

Some examples of pacifiers would be:

Neck Rubbing

Neck Rubbing

  • Excessive Yawning
  • Neck Covering
  • Neck Rubbing
  • Nose Rubs

It’s important to understand the role of pacifiers in regards to lying.  Instead of accusing someone of lying when they use a pacifier, think about pacifiers as hints to high anxiety or stress. If someone you’re observing displays a couple pacifiers, it should shoot up a red flag in your mind. You should be asking yourself, “is something I’m talking about causing stress for this person”. Looking out for pacifiers can only INCREASE your chances of spot deception. Be wise about how you word your next set of questions, and you may be on to something.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the video below.

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