New movie Gone Girl – based on the best-selling book of the same name – is creating a bit of a storm.
Thanks to the complex, unnerving and often inscrutable relationship between husband and wife lead characters Nick and Amy, people up and down the country are now questioning whether you can ever truly know someone – and more to the point, whether you can trust them.
Being in a relationship means putting a whole lot of faith in someone who was, at one point, a total stranger to you. It’s all a bit terrifying when you really think about it.
So can you ever really tell what someone’s thinking and feeling, or if they’re being truly honest with you?
Basically, no, is what we’ve learnt. But there are some clues in someone’s behaviour as to how they really feel and whether they’re being honest. Here’s what to look out for…
1. Nil by mouth
Any attempt to cover their mouth – however apparently subconscious – could well be a sign that they’re uncomfortable with what they’re saying or hiding something from you.
2. Jesus takes the wheel
3. The disappearing act
4. The key is in the detail
5. The eyes have it
6. Timing is everything
7. Repetition, repetition, repetition
8. They’re suddenly really honest
9. Pinocchio syndrome
10. Examine the evidence
And finally… take a step back and try to look at it objectively: ask yourself whether you’d believe their story if it was one of your friends’ partners. If it now sounds implausible, then it probably is.