Betrayed By a Verb

Verb tense can betray a liePeople mean exactly what they say; use their words to uncover deception.

If you’re trying to figure out if someone is lying, pay attention to their verbs.

Listen carefully to determine if a person’s statement is coming from memory or from their imagination. Most statements should be written or spoken in the past tense because the incident has already taken place. In a deceptive statement, we may find some present tense language.

When someone is telling you what happened or what was witnessed, the person should be speaking in the past tense. It doesn’t matter if something happened 10 minutes, 10 days or 10 years ago. The speaker should be using past tense verbs.

Consider this statement:

“I arrived at the range at around noon. I removed my gun case from my trunk, walked into the lobby and waited sign in. I sensed that something was wrong. I called out to see if anyone was around. No one answered. Then I looked into office and saw cases and targets were all over the floor. I realized that someone had broken into the shop so I called the police.” Continue reading


Did Juanita Broaddrick Lie?

Statement Analysis® of Juanita Broaddrick Allegation of Bill Clinton Rape

Juanita Broaddrick Clinton AccuserJuanita Broaddrick says Bill Clinton raped her at a hotel when she was a nursing home administrator volunteering for then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton’s 1978 gubernatorial bid.

Below is an excerpt from a 1999 interview that Broaddrick gave to NBC’s Dateline her alleged rape.

Below that you will see my analysis of her statement. Statement Analysis® is the most accurate way to determine truth and credibility. This method requires no interpretation. People mean exactly what they say and their words can betray them.

Juanita Broaddrick in 1999:

“Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip … He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me. … It was a real panicky, panicky situation. I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip. … When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”

My analysis:

Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip … He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. Continue reading


Deception: Did the Response Answer the Question?

Listen carefully to responses to detect deceptionToday’s latest headline: Ted Cruz: ‘I Have Zero Interest Whatsoever’ in Being Donald Trump’s VP Pick

On a recent segment of Good Morning America, a voter asked Cruz via video, “Would you accept being Donald Trump’s Vice President?”

His response: “Let me just answer very simply, I have zero interest, whatsoever, in doing it.”

Would you accept…? is a Yes or No question. Ted Cruz responded, “I have zero interest.” That response does not answer the question. He didn’t say no. Using the phrase “I have zero interest” in place of “no” indicates that part of him did think about accepting an offer for Vice President.

Also, as I have previously discussed the use of the work “just” as in “Let me just answer very simply…” is often used to minimize. When the word “just” is used to minimize a person’s actions it is an indication more things transpired than what the person is telling us. The use of the word “just” indicates he may have other intentions.

Likewise, in 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked if she had any Presidential aspirations. The specific question posed was, “Would you consider running for President in 2008?”

She responded: “I have never wanted to run for anything.”

That response did not answer the question. She didn’t say no. Using “never” in place of “no” indicates that part of her did think about running for the office.

Listen carefully to responses provided. Do they answer the specific questions asked? If not, there’s more to the story.


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