How to Tell When Someone is Guilty and Hiding a Secret

For the Love of Orange Juice

Want to know how to tell when someone is guilty and hiding a secret? Everyone has secrets, but some secrets are just absolutely annoying right?  They can make you nervous especially if you dislike surprises.  Some secrets are acceptable especially if the secret serves as protection of privacy.  But what about those secrets that are just conclusively senseless to hold back from others.  Here are the top 5 ways to tell when someone is guilty and hiding a secret:

 1.  Investigate Without Accusing and Inspire a Reaction:

    Investigate by asking the person a series of questions without making the person feel accused.  You want to get to the bottom of the secret without attacking, blaming or apprehending the “suspect” without considerable proof.   If the suspect feels attacked, they may never admit wrong doing or share their secret. 

    The best way to investigate is to conduct a friendly interrogation.  If you suspect that he/she is guilty of drinking the last of your orange juice, simply smile and ask a question like, “I wonder who drank the last of my orange juice?”  Then you can follow the question up with a statement like, “Because I mixed that container of orange juice with my powdered brand Metamucil.”   This style of investigating is sure to inspire a guilty reaction.


    2.       Instill Guilt by Expressing your Perplexity Out loud:

      Express to the suspect in question that you can’t believe someone would drink the last of your orange juice.  Tell the suspect how much money was spent on the orange juice and how you drove to the store at 2:43 am, just to get a container of orange juice.  Explain your dying love for orange juice and how your day is incomplete without it.  This will surely make the suspect feel guilty.


      3.       Ask a Rhetorical  “What If” Question:

      If the suspect is your spouse, you could simply ask him or her to give their opinion by asking a rhetorical “what if” question.  You could ask something like, “Honey, if I juiced a fresh batch of orange juice strictly for my meal plan, would you sneak and drink all of it while I was gone?”  Gauge your spouse’s reaction by observing body language.   A nervous response usually is a tell-tale sign of guilt.  If your spouse is reluctant to give a definite NO, then raise an eye brow but never accuse.

      4.       Talk Suspiciously About Something Another Person Did:

        Another way to tell if someone is guilty and hiding a secret, is to talk suspiciously about someone else who is guilty of the breach in question.   You could say something like, “Kathy called bellyaching about how Jeff maybe drinking all of the orange juice without leaving any for others in the house.   I think she may be right because he always has orange juice breath.”  Gauge the suspect’s reaction.  If the suspect sides with the person in question, this is another guilty giveaway.


        5.       Bait and Hook Them:

        The bait and hook technique is to be used when all the other techniques fail.  This is when you will bait the suspect until caught.  Tempt the suspect by purposely leaving bottles of cold orange juice within their grasp.  Watch closely and catch them in the act. 


        If none of these techniques work, then you may want to wait it out.  Research has shown that the average length of a secret is 9 hours.  So if you can wait that long, you may get to the bottom of things after all.