Non­verbal cues to all kinds of uncon­scious give­aways tend to occur in clus­ters – a group of move­ments, pos­tures and actions that col­lec­tively point to a par­tic­ular state of mind.

This is cru­cially true of dis­hon­esty, where one spe­cific cluster of non­verbal sig­nals has been proven sta­tis­ti­cally to accom­pany dis­hon­esty. These are: hand touching, face touching, crossed arms, and leaning away. According to research con­ducted at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity by David DeSteno, if you see these “Tell­tale Four” being dis­played together, watch out!


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