Two Truths And A Lie

Try this fun exercise with a few others.  Preferably a mix of men and women, you will see why.

I tried this exercise recently at a workshop. I was in a team with three women, I was the only male. Nobody knew one another till we assembled at the workshop.

Each one of us wrote down two truths and one lie about ourselves. Then we paired out and one listened while the other listed out the three statements. The person listening had to decide which of the three statements was the lie. Exercise over we switched turns. Then we paired with others in the team till everyone was paired with everyone else.

I was taken aback by the results.

All three women guessed my lie correctly.

I got all three women wrong!

How could that be? None had an unfair advantage like knowing each other before etc.

It was body language. The women were better at reading body language a skill that forms part of ‘Social Awareness’, one of the four major components of Emotional Intelligence.

I knew I was a dunce at reading others preferring instead to go almost exclusively by the literal meaning. Boy was I wrong. I was worse than a dunce.

The women spotted my lie accurately because they read the clues I gave out unwittingly such as the tone of my voice, the direction of my eyes etc.

A rule of thumb – if some is looking up the person is thinking, if the eyes are looking down, it is likely the person is lying.

Emotional Intelligence can be a blind spot for many.  As someone put it so well “You do not know that which you do not know to look for”

Try this exercise yourself and discover your own blindspots.

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#1 Daniel R. Murphy on 04.17.09 at 7:01 pm

This is a very interesting observation – I’ve used this little game myself and found it interesting.

#2 Naveen Thalanki on 04.17.09 at 7:54 pm

Hi Dan

I am glad you liked it.

Don’t women have an edge over us clueless guys in these matters!


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