How to Tell If Your Spouse Is Lying

Open and honest relationships tend to be more successful than relationships where either spouse frequently lies. When one spouse lies to the other, that lie violates the boundaries of an open and honest relationship. Lies can be small and harmless, but they can also be big lies that could seriously damage a relationship.

There are a number of body language cues, amongst other signs, that could indicate that your spouse is lying. If your spouse shows one or two of these signs, it could be meaningless. However, if you repeatedly spot these signs over and over again, it could indicate that your spouse is frequently lying to you.


Evasiveness can indicate that your partner is not exactly lying, but they are omitting to tell you the whole truth. To start with, your spouse might not tell you outright lies, but instead, they may be evasive when you ask them questions about their whereabouts and who they’ve been spending time with and they may give you generic answers such as “Just a friend” or “At the pub”. If your spouse seems reluctant to have a conversation with you, or it is very difficult to engage them in any sort of communication, it could indicate that they are lying to you.

Eye Movements

Generally, when someone is speaking, if their eyes slide to the left while speaking, it could indicate that they are lying. This unconscious movement occurs when someone is actively making up what they are saying and constantly thinking about what they’re going to say next. On the flip side, if someone glances to the right while speaking, it tends to indicate that they are using their memory – and therefore telling the truth. If your spouse repeatedly glances to the left while speaking to you, it could mean that they are often lying to you.

Micro Expressions

When someone is lying, their face can give away a micro expression – this is a mini version of a full facial expression, such as a smile. Generally, when someone gives away a micro expression, it means that the words that are coming out of their mouth are at a parallel to what they are thinking. As an example, when someone is being questioned about where they were and who they were with and they reply “Nowhere, just on my way home”, but the corners of their mouth turn up slightly, it could indicate that they were spending time with someone that they don’t want you to know about. The smile shows that they were remembering where they were and who they were with, but this is at a parallel to the words coming out of their mouth.

Body Language

Your spouse’s body language could also give you a big clue as to whether or not they are lying to you. If they are speaking to you and their words sound entirely convincing, but their body language says something different – for example, repeatedly crossing and uncrossing their arms or legs, tapping, covering their mouth with their hands or resting their chin on their hand – it could mean that they are lying. Generally, if a person is totally relaxed and being upfront and honest, their body language will be open and relaxed too – they will sit back, arms open and will appear visibly relaxed. Liars usually do the opposite.

Excessive Blinking or Excessive Staring

If your spouse is having trouble looking you in the eye when they’re talking about where they’ve been or who they’ve been with, or if they repeatedly glance away or blink whilst they’re talking to you, it could mean that they aren’t being totally honest with you. Excessive blinking tends to suggest that your partner is trying to “blink away” the lie – they could be trying to get their stories straight in the head. Equally, if your spouse seems to stare at you, or looks at you deep in the eyes while lying to you, for a long and prolonged period of time, it could indicate that they are trying to regain control – or it could show that they are trying to do the opposite of excessive blinking.

Speech Inconsistencies

If someone is lying to you, there are often inconsistencies in their speech patterns. For example, they may speak hesitantly when they are lying, or they may speak in stilted, half-formed sentences. This tends to show that someone is making things up as they go along and the pauses in their speech could show that they are actively trying to think of what to say next.

Also, people who are lying tend to speak in a higher pitch than those that are telling the truth. They may also have more grammatical errors – because what they are saying is not flowing naturally, and they may also have more slips of the tongue. For example, they may pronounce words incorrectly or they may get flustered when they can’t think of the right word to use.

Pauses Before Speaking

This is a rather obvious indicator of a liar. If your spouse often pauses before answering your questions, or if they tend to think about their answers before speaking, it could indicate that they are lying. The “pause” is your partner actively trying to come up with a lie.

Changes in Behavior

Generally, the most telling sign that your spouse is lying to you, or cheating on you, is that their behavior changes. They may be more stand-offish and irritable than before, or they may be much more loving and affectionate. When speaking to you, they might use more hand gestures than usual, in an effort to emphasise their words, or they might try their hardest to not use any hand gestures whatsoever, and to remain as neutral as possible in an effort to not draw attention to the fact that they are lying. They could also start to become more apologetic, in an effort to apologise for the lies that they are telling, but they also might become more polite.

Remember that your spouse may show any of the behaviors above – but it does not necessarily mean that they are constantly lying. If they regularly show all of the behaviors above, it could indicate that they are regularly lying to you.

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6 Responses to “How to Tell If Your Spouse Is Lying”

  • Gabriel Kenney:

    A co-worker / friend of mine has a wife that is at least emotionally involved with another man (I don’t really now the extent of the relationship just what he has told me). He says he really doesn’t want a divorce, because he still loves her very much. He asked me this question on the way to work this morning and I told him I would have to think about it. I cant think of anything to say so any honest suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • TommyKay:

    What would you do if you were a newlywed and found out (unfortunately by snooping) a month after the wedding that your new spouse has been committing unemployment fraud for 4 months? How would you approach them and would you stay with them?

    Keep in mind the spouse has had issues with lying about money in the past, but never anything to this degree. Just would open credit cards without telling fiance, over drawing account frequently and never saying anything… nothing illegal, just irresponsible.

  • Echo:

    In an effort to overturn the pro-slavery lie that African Americans would not work without the threat of the lash, under freedom African American women left the big house to work in the field in large numbers.

    Is this sentence true or false? I am having a hard time trying to figure this one out, thanks!

  • sethburger:

    is it fidgeting or some tell-tale signs or what ?

  • Lucas H:

    how can i portray or present strong body language .. we all know body language is 70% of communication of how we are preceived … so even if a person sucks or does not know how 2 communicate…. w/ right body language .. girls will flock to u …

    does nayone know a site which has tons and tons of information about developing strong body language ..

    i know some for men: like
    smile/ erect posture/ stand 6 inch apart w/ toes pointed towards the person /… but what else ….

    thanks. person w/ most links of informatin or plain information gets the 10 points … i dont care if you copy/paste… any info would be nice.. thnx

  • forahobby:

    What is body language exactly? Is it important to know different “signs?” Where do you learn more about what different gestures mean?

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