NLP Eye accessing cues – How to tell if someone is lying to you
One of the things that NLP is famous for are the clues that we can gain from observing a persons eyes. You cannot literally mind read what people are thinking but you can work out the sort of things that they are processing in that moment. It is even possible to tell if someone is telling you the truth or not.
These clues occur whenever we are consciously connecting to any of our experiences of the five senses, sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. During these times, as we begin to process these various sensory perceptions, our eyes are drawn to one of seven basic positions and often it is only for a fleeting moment. To further complicate it, we may well visit more than one eye position.
Maybe other people have recognised these clues over the past centuries, I don’t know for sure, but it is only since the endeavours of three men during the later part of the 1970’s, Richard Bandler, John Grinder and Robert Dilts that we now have a good understanding of the connection between the mind and body. The very thoughts that we have do affect our bodies in some way.
As a result of their combined studies, I can outline for you how to interpret what those various eyes positions probably mean, at least in terms of the category of what a person is processing in that moment. It has to be said that this is still not a totally exact science in every single case, but generally, it pretty much does apply to most people who are right-handed. For some left-handed folk however the opposite applies in relation to 2 or maybe 4 out of the 6 positions. The only way to be really be certain is to observe the person in question in relation to their responses to things you know for certain what sort of things they may be thinking about. In order to calibrate a person’s responses, you could for example, ask them to describe something they know and that would give you a visual recall eye signal. Next ask them to imagine something obviously strange like a pink lawn for instance and that would give you their visually constructed eye signal.
NLP Eye accessing cues – positions
Using this it is possible for you to tell if someone is telling the truth or constructing an answer
The left and right positions are referred to from your own perspective as you look into the face of another person
Centre = Normal visual
Top left = Visual constructing
Middle left = Audio constructing
Bottom left = Connecting to feelings
Top right = Visual recall
Middle right = Remembering sounds
Bottom right = Inner dialogue