Sunday, September 16, 2012
Talent in Statement Analysis
Can those without talent become efficient analysts?
1. Accepting the Unknown
There are certain attributes that work well in analytical work that some people are more naturally suited for, and some are not. For example, the ability to accept the unknown, something that makes most people uncomfortable, has been identified as a feature found in successful investigators. Most of us like the feeling of a completed puzzle.
Picture yourself walking by a table in which an entire puzzle is complete but for a single last one. Most of us feel an urge to reach down, put the piece in place, and walk away, satisfied.
This works against analysis.
The analyst must be able to accept the unknown and not be overly bothered by the fact that the case or statement, is incomplete. He must be able to work under the dark cloud of an incomplete puzzle without the need to rush to judgement. This works well for both investigations and for analysis.
2. A natural talent is imagination.
Kaaryn Gough, guest analyst from Canada, is one identified as a natural talent. This is not to be confused with claims of "lie wizards" who identify with the television show, "Lie to Me"; but rather is simply an identification of an imagination that is able to enter into a topic, via the statement, close one's eyes, and imagine what words will be like in a truthful description.
3. Low impact of agenda.
In the world of political correctness, a line has been drawn, artificially, through sloganism, which demands thinking be uniformed and complied with. Even while demanding status of "individualism", it seeks uniformity.
In analysis, there is a strong element within the work that cannot be ignored: psychological profile.
In our words, our hearts are discovered. Who we are is learned through the words we use. In 1942, the US military commissioned a psychological profile of Adolf Hitler. They could not interview Adolf himself, but took his words, as well as interviews from those who knew him. The work is fascinating. It concluded that he would, should he lose the war, punish Germany and commit suicide.
Kaaryn has the ability to imagine what truth sounds like and can make a list of expected words from a truthful situation. This is a talent that can be used in Anonymous Statement work. A person given to an agenda cannot discern, for example, if a phrase is more likely from a male than a female. Political correct thinking details analysis.
4. Lack of Suspicious Nature
Some are simply more suspicious than others. On television, great investigators are suspicious of everyone. In Statement Analysis, suspicious people are unable to imagine the expected and struggle when confronted with a truthful statement.
Those easily taken in by Madison Avenue cannot do analysis. If you are wondering what percentage of the population is taken in by Madison Avenue, think of successful campaigns, or...simply take a look around.
A man can throw a ball better than most men. He is seen using a certain toothpaste. Millions of men then go out and buy that toothpaste. Now substitute toothpaste with just about anything else.
Demagogues prosper because of those who cannot or do not discern.
It was easier for those who lack sobriety in thought to say "If it don't fit, you must acquit."
Bumper stickers work because they take no critical thought.
Critical thought is something that takes years to develop. Private schools, for example, teach Latin, not because Latin is making a comeback, but because they are developing young brains, loading kids with 2 hours of homework per night, while their government school counterparts scream that 'teachers aren't teaching anymore and are pushing it on the kids with homework.'
Those with no leadership resumes become leaders due to sloganism.
The German military, Prussian upper class for generations, called Hitler the "Bohemian corporal" as an insult.
One need only to watch a channel called "The Learning Channel" to see how dumbed down America has become, should Madison Avenue not provide enough sample. On the "learning" channel, one can watch an obese mother fill her soon to be obese child with sugar, as America is entertained by the low brow, ignorant behavior of the family sifted through a garbage dump for clothing.
As to working through analysis, or even reading analysis with an appreciative mind, the masses cannot, nor have interest in such, but look for a quick headline for a quick conclusion. These are those who do not use critical thinking and here empty promises from politicians and react emotionally. They often see a mother, involved in a crime and just "know" she is innocent and settle in to a cemented position.
If I just use this deodorant, I will be happy.
There's no way Michael Jackson molested children; he just loved children.
This car will make me a babe magnet.
Who will save the children?
It takes work to think. Most do not.
With much knowledge comes heaviness of heart. For most people, it is not worth it.
Talent in Statement Analysis is seen in imagination and in the ability to accept the incomplete. Hard work can compensate for a lack of talent.
Next, how Triplets sent me on a journey to learn...
I am not a talented analyst.