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Reasons for believing

Posted by Observer on November 11, 2005 at 14:58:24

In Reply to: Re: You were so brave posted by Perry on November 11, 2005 at 14:14:54:

Perry, you're probably right for the main reasons that the judge believed exmembers & disbelieved members. And that is of course one of the reasons I believe Natalie. Then there was also the video evidence & Family documents in both the British court case & the Australian 60 Minutes that backed up what the exmembers were saying.

However, I know that many police officers & customs officials -- & I would assume many lawyers too -- are trained or naturally gifted in detecting when somone is being truthful compared to when someone is being evasive, covering up, lying, etc. I know some people have fine-tuned the skill of lying convincingly, but I have noticed how people whose job it is to figure out if someone is lying, are often very good at it. Muscle movements on the face, involuntary movements of the eyes, body language & tone of voice all add up to deliver a total immpression. It's possible to 'read' people at times.

What are the actual stats on that? I heard that some astronomical figure of 50-60% of communication was non-verbal.