Close up of Donald Trump’s face with analysis pattern applied, to suggest this article is scientific
Close up of Donald Trump’s face with analysis pattern applied, to suggest this article is scientific

Trump’s microexpressions tell us when he is lying

11 giveaways to watch out for

Republican or Democrat, journalist or lobbyist, prosecutor or defense attorney—Americans are united today facing a common challenge: navigating the U.S. President’s surprisingly well-documented lies and more-than-occasional partial truths. The following diagrams come from research into how universal microexpressions reveal emotions and thought processes that conflict with what one says. This field of research was popularized by the television detective show “Lie To Me” which frequently cut away to politicians and religious figures to evidence examples of a lying person’s tell.

President Donald Trump appears to have multiple tells. The remainder of this article is provided as a reference or a guide to help Americans tease apart his honesty from his dishonesty.

Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • eyebrows turn up, eyes together • eyes glare center-right (half truth)
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • eyebrows turn up, eyes together • eyes glare center-right (half truth)
anger / nope, spoken emphatically
Trump’s face, lines indicating: • involuntary glance upward, left (lying) • flared nostril • baring lower teeth (aggression)
Trump’s face, lines indicating: • involuntary glance upward, left (lying) • flared nostril • baring lower teeth (aggression)
hiding / why would I lie?
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • focused glance to left (lying) • upper lip diminished (cover up)
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • focused glance to left (lying) • upper lip diminished (cover up)
contempt / I swear I don’t swear
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • tense eyebrows (disgust and uncertain) • puffed mating or predatory rooster jowl
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • tense eyebrows (disgust and uncertain) • puffed mating or predatory rooster jowl
over-emphasis / “she”
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • loss of eye focus (attempt to recall prior deception) • constrained breathing
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • loss of eye focus (attempt to recall prior deception) • constrained breathing
sadness betrayed by fear / I am not a clown
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • raised shining eyebrows • floating denture grinding motion (truth mixed with deceit)
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • raised shining eyebrows • floating denture grinding motion (truth mixed with deceit)
jeerfulness
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • unfocused eyes right: oration mapped to sound image (lying) • flatulent lower lip
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • unfocused eyes right: oration mapped to sound image (lying) • flatulent lower lip
liberatio ani est musculus sphincter / o
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • eyebrows tight and pulled together (rage suppression) • resting sociopath face
Donald Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • eyebrows tight and pulled together (rage suppression) • resting sociopath face
ego fear / why are they laughing?
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • subservient left eye, feigning right (deception) • generously gaseous vent cavity
Trump’s face. Lines drawn to show: • subservient left eye, feigning right (deception) • generously gaseous vent cavity
believe me / they’re coming for your babies
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • micro-squint, rehearsed racial identity victimhood (resentment projected) • janus lip
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • micro-squint, rehearsed racial identity victimhood (resentment projected) • janus lip
misdirection / they broke my toys
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • double wink (nod to inside group) • eyes focused slightly, downward rightly (deception)
Trump’s face with lines indicating: • double wink (nod to inside group) • eyes focused slightly, downward rightly (deception)
you’ll never catch me

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