Can therapists tell when you are lying? This is a common question that has been bothering many people who are suffering from some kind of mental or psychological problem. The issue of telling when the other person is lying has been bothering many people because they do not want to be accused of something without any solid proof. However, it cannot be denied that some therapists can have an uncanny ability to detect lying and helping a client lie might be a good idea at times. However, when the therapist suspects that the client is being deceitful to hide something, it becomes easy to know that the client is indeed lying.
When your therapist suspects that your client is trying to hide something, the first step is to make sure that your client is telling the truth about his/her illness, or history of illness, etc. The next thing is to pose as a normal client and have a conversation with your therapist. The conversation should include a discussion about family history, possible future medical treatments, etc. Once the therapist has suspected that your client is trying to hide something, your therapist may ask you a series of questions to gather more information.
In most cases, your therapist will not accuse your client outright. Instead, he/she will ask you questions that may lead you to know more about what your client is hiding. For example, your therapist may ask you a series of questions to find out if your client is having a hard time remembering things. If your client is indeed having a hard time remembering things, then he/she may be avoiding certain situations and/or talking to only one person, which is not his/her real personality.
This way, your therapist can conclude that your client is avoiding certain things because he/she is lying. Your therapist may also ask you some other questions to further pin-point whether the truth is being told by your client. You may find out that your client is really telling you the truth through behaviors, yet, it is you who are not feeling any truth or lack of truth from your client. The bottom line is, this type of test is just a way for your therapist to determine whether or not you are being told the truth, or is your client faking it out of fear.
Now, your therapist can never be completely sure of the intentions of your clients. Remember that people can be deceiving and manipulative even to their own therapist. Therefore, your therapist cannot conclude your clients are lying with his/her tests. However, these tests can help the therapist in determining certain lies or deceitful actions/decisions your clients may make to cover up problems within the marriage.
Another example of this type of test is with eye contact. Eye contact is considered to be the most truthful form of communicating during a conversation. If your client is not looking at you while you are talking, or if your client is looking elsewhere, such as at some other place, then that’s a red flag. The client may be trying to change the subject. The problem is, whether your client is lying or not, he/she will never be able to convince you that he/she is not lying.
Does this mean that the therapist should ignore a client when he/she is not meeting eye to eye? Absolutely not! As mentioned before, no therapist can ever determine whether or not your client is telling you the truth, only you can do it for yourself. However, you should be observant and keep track of any changes in your client’s attitude.
How can therapists tell when you are lying? If you’re willing to invest time in finding out, the only way is to try these tests out for yourself. Hopefully, after reading this article, you can determine which of these two methods you think would be best for you to use to determine whether or not your clients are being truthful.