Lying usually takes more effort than telling the truth, so sometimes you’ll see signs like a long delay after what seems to be an easy-to-answer question, or too much thinking for what should be an easy response.”

It’s important to remember that complex questions or questions that put people on the spot might get you the same delayed response. That said, waffling or long pauses for simple questions can be a red flag that someone is not telling the truth.

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