DISCLAIMER: Liespotting can be a bit imprecise. This post is based on research that scientists have gathered about how to tell if someone is being dishonest. PLEASE take this with a grain of salt, as even scientists tend to disagree on the signs at times. I tried to take the most agreed upon signs and analyze the first 1 minute and 30 seconds of the Cambridge Q&A.
Okay let’s begin.
1) FIND THE BASELINE
Before you can tell if someone’s lying, you need to know how they usually behave/tell the story. People usually deviate from their baseline behavior/story when they say something fishy. The baseline for us is Jan 31st when Moffat talks about season 4&5.
January 31st, 2014 on planning season 4&5:
MOFFAT: Yes, we do. It’s really [Season] 4 that we’ve got, but it throws forward to a terrifying [Season] 5. It wasn’t a planned thing. We had just got out of the rain and because we don’t have the lovely big trailers that Benedict and Martin have, we had to go sit in the accountancy department and we just talked about what we could do. We just started having what I think are the best (set) of ideas we’ve ever had. I think (they)’re just wild. And when I say ideas, it’s what stories we’ll tackle, what big twists there will be, what gut punches there will be, and what surprises there will be, and I think it’s really exciting.
This behavior then deviates at theCambridge Q&A on January 20th, 2017:
Steven: Um, we-ahk- we’re not lying. We- we don’t know! We haven’t even sat down and, uh, uh, done any complicated graphs or sums yet. Uh, so, we really, really don’t know. Mark: We are sitting down now.
Steven originally says that they have planned season 4 and how it relates to the storyline of season 5. Then, Steven takes it back and says they haven’t even really thought about it. Then, Mark and Steven even discredit each other by saying that they haven’t sat down and are currently sitting down to discuss it.
Fibs make you fidgety. Liars will scratch their noses, rub their necks, pick imaginary lint from their shirts,
or repeatedly shift their position.
position 1 (steven’s legs crossed towards mark, both of marks legs on the ground)
position 2 (both of steven’s legs on the ground, mark’s legs crossed towards steven)
position 3 (both have crossed their legs towards each other)
position 4 (back to the original position) …all in under a minute
Liars may also maintain eye contact too well or consistently look away.
This is a very difficult thing to actually pinpoint. In my opinion, Moffat maintains too much eye contact while discussing season 5, Gatiss looks away far too often. I’ll leave this one up to your judgement.
Liars also wring their hands due to feelings of guilt.
and maintain closed off body language.
(mark’s crossed legs, steven’s hand covering his face, mark’s hands over his crotch, both of their palms are facing down, their bodies are facing each other rather than the interviewer)
Mark seems to be the worse liar in this case. When Steven starts to talk about not knowing anything about season 5, he immediately braces himself and death grips the armchair (better seen in video). Then, strokes his leg from thigh to knee with his palm down which signifies discomfort.
3) TOO MUCH DETAIL and QUALIFIERS
Lies make us chatty. A liar may talk a lot to win you over, but most of those extra sentences are fluff.
See: the immediate evasion by talking about Dr. Who; the repetition of “we don’t know” (also seen as removal of individual responsibility), “who knows”, etc; and then the quick subject change to casting martin and ben despite no one asking them.
AKA They evade the question by adding a lot of details that don’t matter.
MOFFAT: But what you have to do is put out huge amounts of disinformation to try to bury all the secrets
Phrases like “The truth is” or “To be honest” can mean that even if they aren’t lying to you now, they were earlier.
see 1:15-1:17 of the video where they both say “honestly” right after one another despite NO ONE contradicting or fighting them.
4) Finally, there is the Moffat admitting to his tendency to lie
Moffat: “In fairness, I say I’m going to lie, then I lie, and people still get mad at me” (Comic Con 2016 Panel)
Individually, these signs may mean nothing.
All of these signs in under 1:30? Plus their tendency to lie about the show?
I think it’s safe to say that something is UP.
[Please feel free to comment and critique if you see something that is wrong as I am by no means an expert. :) ]
You could never get away with lying to teachers about
homework, or come up with white lies on the spot to get you out of
sticky situations. More importantly, you couldn’t lie to Antoine about your
plans for his birthday.
I have no idea what this is, but from what fanart has told me, I will assume this is a poetic story about a lesbian cat and an emo crocodile trying to hide a body in the woods, but still have the murder weapon which is a baseball bat, but a sneaky fox dog animal stole it, and they have to go on this long high speed chase to get the weapon before the cops find out.
Emo Crocodile has a drug addiction and might want to murder Lesbian Cat, but also has some sort of crush, and might be a cousin.
Also this probably takes place in the woods, and at night, and by the end it’s revealed they were furries the whole time, but there’s still a body.
Requested by anon
Request: Can you do one where Barry proposes to you in a big extravagant way?
Word Count: 953
Today was your’s and Barry’s three year anniversary. He is and always has been a creative guy, so when he said he planned a huge surprise for your anniversary, you couldn’t help but anticipate.
Ever since the particle accelerator explosion, Barry has always been busy saving Central City. Due to this, waking up to an empty bad was never uncommon. You rolled over and patted your hand on the normally empty space. A note and a single rose lies in Barry’s spot. You picked it up and smiled at his rushed handwriting and the lovely rose.
Sorry that I couldn’t be there to greet you on the morning of our three year anniversary but the crime in our beloved city never sleeps. For this special occasion, I’ve planned a “small” treasure hunt with a big surprise at the end. To begin, go to the place where we first met.
I love you.
You quickly rushed out the door with the note and rose in hand and headed to the police station.
Once arriving at the police station, you rushed up to Barry’s lab, not failing to bump into people on your way up the stairs. You walked into the unorganized lab, stepping over papers as you walked to Barry’s desk. The memory and the day you met was still present and clear.
“(Y/N), I need you to run these samples up to the forensics labs for me. They just called us to a crime scene,” your father said to you, handing you a couple of documents. He kissed you on your forehead and ran out with his partner. You quickly jogged up the stairs. When you walked into the forensics lab, you knocked on the wall to announce your presence. A young, handsome, green-eyed man looked up from the stacks of paperwork.
"Hi, sorry if I’m bothering you. My dad just needs these samples analyzed.” The man smiled and took the samples from your hands.
"You aren’t bothering me.” He sat the papers on his already crowded desk and stuck his hand out. “I’m Barry. Barry Allen.” You shook his hand. “I’m (Y/N).”
You couldn’t help but to smile at the wonderful memory. Another note and rose found its place on Barry’s desk.
Okay beautiful, your journey is not yet halfway finished. To continue your journey, go to the location where I asked you to be my girlfriend.
You stood under a giant oak tree in the center of the park. Your fingers traced the design of the heart etched in giant tree.
"I didn’t know what you would want to drink so I just brought water,” Barry said, smiling shyly. Even though this was your’s and Barry’s sixth date you loved how nervous he still got. You placed a small peck to his flushed cheeks. “It’s perfect.” He shuffled his hands nervously. “Okay (Y/N), I’ve been wanting to ask you this for a w-while. Will you be my girlfriend?” You shook your head quickly and kissed his lips. “Yes Barry, I would love to be your girlfriend.”
A tap on your shoulder knocked you out of your reminiscent state. You turned around and saw Iris smiling widely. She handed you yet another note and rose and hugged you before walking away.
Okay (Y/N), only one more stop before your big surprise. Go to the place we went on our last date.
-Your wonderful boyfriend <3
The scent of freshly brewed coffee embraced you as you walked into Jitters. You looked around the coffee shop and made eye contact with Joe. He made his way over to you and hugged you. You were handed your final note and rose before Joe walked out of Jitters.
(Y/N), here is your final note. Drink some coffee and then make your way to our place of residence where I will be waiting. Don’t take too long :)
You unlocked the door to your’s and Barry’s shared apartment and was met with the eyes of all your friends and family. They all stared back at you, their smiles wide. The questions rushed through your head.
"What’s going on? Where’s Barry? Why are you all here?” You asked in a confused manner. Caitlin came over to you and hugged you. “You’ll see in a minute so stop being impatient.”
You engaged in conversation with your parents and the other people. After a while Barry walked down the stairs and made his way to you. He kissed you and embraced you tightly.
"Barry, what’s going on? Why is everyone here?”
”(Y/N), I wanted to make this a day that you will never forget. I wanted all of our friends and family to be here to celebrate with us. (Y/N), after three years of dating, there is not a day that you don’t manage to blow me away. You’re beautiful in everything you do, whether you agree or not. I can’t imagine living my life without you in it. Ever since our the moment I laid my eyes on you, I knew that you were the one; the one I wanted to raise a family with, the one I want to grow old with and most importantly the one I want to love for the rest of my life. So (Y/N) (Y/L/N), would you do me the honor of becoming Mrs. Allen?”
Tears started to fall down your face and you hugged him tightly. You placed a forceful kiss on his lips.
“That’s such a stupid question. Of course Barry. Of course I’ll marry you,” you said tears still present on your face.
The entire room broke into cheers and applause.
"She said yes!”