Why do spouses lie?
Sometimes, spouses lie to save themselves from embarrassment while other times they may lie to protect their partners from grief. But, at the end of the day, lies still remain what they are – lies. Hence, it is important to know about some of the reasons or circumstances which encourage them to lie to their partners.
- Your spouse might lie to you because he/she promised to do something but failed to keep that promise
- He/she might have intended to change some of their habits but failed to do so
- Your spouse might have let you down earlier and is afraid of how you will react if they do something wrong again
- They might lie to you to avoid confrontation or conflict
- Your spouse might lie because he/she is scared of losing you or being rejected by you
- They lie to control a particular situation and turn it to their advantage
- Your spouse lies to hide his/her infidelity. Lying can be a sign of infidelity
- They lie to create a false impression of them as a talented, special or successful person
12 signs of a spouse who is lying
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1. Your spouse speaks in an unusual way
As the person who communicates with your spouse on a daily basis, you know their general manner of talking. Therefore, you will notice if your spouse is speaking in a weird way. If you find them talking quite differently than normal, then this can be a sign of him/her lying to you. Why? Because people who lie usually change the tone of their voice, their pitch and speed of their speech to assert their lie as the truth.
2. Eye movements can be a good indicator
Does your spouse avoid making eye contact with you while talking to you about specific topics? If yes, then it is possible that they are hiding something from you. He/she might even start blinking frequently when you try to talk about something that they are trying to hide.
3. Your spouse scratches and fidgets excessively
4. Body language can help catch your lying spouse
Your spouse may turn their body away from you, get up and feel agitated while talking to you. They may even start perspiring.
5. Things just don’t add up
There is a mismatch between the body language, facial expression and words. This is one of the most common signs of a lying spouse. If the what your spouse is saying and what he/she is trying to express with their face and body does not match, then it is one of the obvious signs that your spouse is lying to you.
6. Your spouse makes you feel doubtful about your thoughts
When your spouse is able to distort the conversation and truth in such a way that you begin to question yourself and your thoughts, it means something is amiss. If the blame comes on you at the end of every confrontational conversation, then it is high time you investigate the matter further to understand what is actually going on.
7. Your spouse tries to distract you
Your lying spouse might try to avoid/shift topics. They might try to distract you but bringing up other topics and change the course of the conversation. And if your spouse is unable to do so, he/she will bring the focus of attention on you to avoid the limelight.
8. They get too defensive
9. You get a gut feeling that things are not as they seem
As the closest person to your spouse, you will immediately feel that you are being lied to and that something is wrong. It’s possible your spouse is not hiding anything very significant. However, if you still get a gut feeling telling you something is wrong, trust your instinct.
10. Your spouse’s stories do not make sense
Liars generally end up making mistakes and change minor details in their story. So if you happen to catch small changes in your spouse’s stories every time they retell them, they are probably lying. You have to be objective while listening to his/her stories.
11. Your spouse becomes distant
In a relationship, two people are expected to be open to each other and share every detail with each other. But if you suddenly notice your partner being distant from you, not sharing their stories with you and avoiding you, then this could be an ominous sign.
12. Anger defines your lying spouse
Your lying spouse will definitely get angry at small things. They might get unreasonably upset with you and snap at you. Anger helps your spouse escape your scrutiny and questions.
How to confront a lying spouse?
- First, try to understand why your spouse lied to you. Knowing the reason behind the lie will help you deal with it in a better manner
- Talk to your spouse in a calm and understanding manner. Approach the situation in a pragmatic way that does not make them feel attacked. It is important to be attentive to your partner
- Do not blame your spouse directly and avoid being judgmental before hearing them out
- Be careful of manipulation and stand your ground. You don’t want them to turn the tables and point fingers at you
- Be confident about the facts you have in hand and use them appropriately while confronting a lying spouse
- Ask specific and direct questions. Direct questions get direct answers. If you leave your questions open to interpretation, you won’t be getting clear answers anytime soon
- In the end, whatever the verdict, assert the fact that you will not tolerate lies in the relationship
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