Men who are neither honest nor trustworthy usually display these 8 subtle behaviors

It’s a bitter truth, but not all men are honest and trustworthy.

Deciphering the subtle behaviors of those who aren’t can be tricky. They may appear charming on the surface, but beneath that veneer, there’s a different story.

Typically, these men exhibit certain traits that may be difficult to spot initially. But once you know what to look for, you’ll see them clear as day.

In this piece, we’re going to delve into 8 subtle behaviors common in men who lack honesty and trustworthiness. I’m handing you the detective glass. Let’s get started.

1) They avoid eye contact

In the dance of human interaction, few things are as telling as eye contact.

Trustworthy and honest men usually meet your gaze directly. It’s a simple action that conveys openness and sincerity.

However, those who lack these qualities often tend to avoid eye contact. It might not be noticeable at first, but once you’re aware of it, it stands out.

This behavior suggests they have something to hide or aren’t being truthful with you. It’s not a foolproof sign, as some people may just be shy or uncomfortable with direct eye contact. But coupled with other behaviors on this list, it can be a significant red flag.

So next time you’re in a conversation, take note of the eye contact. It may reveal more than words ever could.

2) They’re inconsistent with their stories

Consistency is a hallmark of honesty. When people tell the truth, their stories align naturally because they’re recounting real events.

But when men are neither honest nor trustworthy, they often trip over their own fabrications. Small details change, timelines shift, and before you know it, their stories just don’t add up.

I remember an old friend of mine, Mike. We’d known each other for years, and he was always full of exciting stories. But something was off.

One time he’d tell me about his adventurous weekend hiking in the mountains, but then a few weeks later, he’d mention how he’d never been hiking in his life. These inconsistencies were subtle but noticeable.

Over time, it became clear that Mike wasn’t always truthful with his tales. His inconsistency was a subtle sign of his lack of honesty.

So, keep an ear out for inconsistencies in the stories people tell. It could be a subtle sign they’re not being entirely honest with you.

3) They often touch their face when speaking

Non-verbal cues can be as telling as verbal ones, and one common behavior among dishonest people is touching their face when they’re speaking. This act is often a subconscious reaction to the stress of lying, as the body tries to comfort itself.

In a study, participants were asked to have a ten-minute conversation. Half of them were told to lie at least three times during the talk. The researchers found that those who were lying were more likely to touch their face and neck than those telling the truth.

So, if you notice someone frequently touching their face during a conversation, it could be a sign they’re not being entirely truthful. Remember, though, it’s important to consider other factors and context before drawing conclusions.

4) They deflect direct questions

Honest and trustworthy men have no problem answering direct questions. They are open and transparent, even when the truth is uncomfortable.

However, those who aren’t as honest or trustworthy often employ a subtle tactic – deflection. Instead of addressing a direct question head-on, they skirt around it, change the subject, or give vague answers that don’t really say anything.

Deflection is a way for them to dodge accountability and avoid revealing the truth. It’s like a smoke screen, intended to confuse and distract you from their dishonesty.

So, if you ask a question and instead of a straightforward answer, you get a roundabout response or a new topic altogether, be wary. It could be a sign that they’re not being completely honest with you.

5) They break promises regularly

Promises are the threads that hold relationships together. They are commitments we make, assurances given to those we care about.

Yet, men who lack honesty and trustworthiness often have a habit of breaking promises. It’s not just about big commitments – even small, everyday promises can be neglected.

This behavior can be heartbreaking, especially when you’re on the receiving end. You find yourself waiting for actions that never come, expecting words to be followed by deeds, only to be let down time after time.

Remember, everyone can slip up and break a promise due to unforeseen circumstances. It’s when it becomes a pattern that it’s cause for concern.

If you notice someone in your life consistently failing to follow through on their promises, it might be a sign of deeper issues with honesty and trustworthiness.

6) They’re quick to place blame on others

We all make mistakes, it’s a part of being human. But how we handle those mistakes can say a lot about our character.

Trustworthy and honest men take responsibility for their actions, even when they’ve messed up. But men who aren’t honest or trustworthy often resort to blaming others.

I remember a time when a project I was working on with a colleague went south. Instead of owning up to his part in the failure, he quickly shifted the blame onto me. He made excuses and pointed fingers, anything to avoid taking responsibility.

This behavior was not only unfair but also revealed a lack of honesty and trustworthiness. If someone is quick to blame others and slow to accept responsibility, it might be a sign that they’re not as honest or trustworthy as they seem.

7) They have a history of broken relationships

People’s pasts can often provide insight into their present behavior. A pattern of broken relationships, both personal and professional, can be a red flag when evaluating someone’s honesty and trustworthiness.

If a man has a trail of failed friendships, partnerships, or romances due to deceit or betrayal, it’s a strong signal that he may not be trustworthy.

Remember, everyone has a past, and people can change. But consistent patterns over time don’t usually lie. If you see a history of broken relationships due to dishonesty or lack of trust, it may be wise to proceed with caution.

8) They rarely show genuine remorse

We all make mistakes, but it’s how we respond to those mistakes that truly defines us. Honest and trustworthy men show genuine remorse when they’ve done wrong. They acknowledge their actions, apologize sincerely, and strive to make amends.

However, those lacking honesty and trustworthiness often struggle with this. They may offer a superficial apology if pressed, but it lacks sincerity. Their actions don’t match their words, and they make little effort to right their wrongs.

Genuine remorse is a sign of honesty and integrity. If it’s absent, it’s a strong indication that the person may not be as honest or trustworthy as they appear.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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