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What is the difference between "Sensitivity Indicators" and "Sensitive Topics"?
The answer lies in the difference between Clint Dunn and Shawn Adkins' words.
Sensitivity indicators are found in language, and do not change from person to person, and are principles to be followed in analysis.
Sensitive topics are just that: sensitive topics (I avoid using the word "subject" since "subject" is about the speaker, in Statement Analysis) are those which elicit emotion. If a word, for example, is repeated (noun), we see it as "sensitive" to the subject (speaker) even if the topic, itself, is not sensitive. There is a difference between sensitivity indicators found in words, and in sensitive topics.
Here is an example of the difference:
When Hailey Dunn went missing, her mother went on National Television and spoke, revealing to the nation, that Hailey was dead, and she, along with her boyfriend, were in need of establishing an alibi. She referenced Hailey in the past tense, something a mother of a missing child would not likely due, especially so early on in the investigation.
When I posted the analysis, the reactions were highly emotional (sensitive) with many expressing anger at my "loss" of "Hope for Hailey", which became a catch-word.
This analysis was published shortly after the appearance of the mother on The Nancy Grace Show. After the police affidavit was released, the anger subsided and acceptance settled in.
But prior to this, the father of Hailey Dunn, Clint Dunn, spoke to me about Hailey.
He said he had read the analysis and knew that I believed his daughter was dead.
There is nothing more sensitive, in terms of emotions, than this moment with Clint Dunn, frightened out of his mind over his missing daughter, reading that the mother's words are revealing that she is dead.
He said, "I did not kill my daughter."
This sentence is without sensitivity indicators. This sentence came at the most extreme sensitive period in his life, or any father's life, who has lost a child.
In the midst of the most sensitive topic of his life, his words showed zero sensitivity indicators, even while he was extreme in emotion.
It is an indicator of truth.
Sensitivity indicators are found within sentences, and are used in analysis to discern truth, deception, and missing information.
In his sentence, there were no sensitivity indicators, no deception, and no missing information.
"I did not kill my daughter" had:
1. The first person singular verb, "I", which is used by a human, millions of times, making it highly accurate.
2. Past tense verb: "did not" related to a past tense event. Shawn Adkins, on the other hand, repeatedly avoided this sentence and instead opted for the future/conditional tense, "would not" when he said, "I would never harm that child" on various media appearances. He was unable to issue a reliable denial.
3. "kill" is specifically about Hailey's death, which was the topic at hand. Adkins used the minimizing language of "harm" instead of kill.
Note also, "my daughter" is used by Clint, taking possession of Hailey, while Adkins used the word "that", which indicates distance, and "child" which is associated with risk.
Clint Dunn was emotionally charged and highly sensitive. His words had no sensitivity indicators because he was telling the truth. He then referenced Hailey in the past tense, and caught himself, saying that he must be wrestling with it, and believing that she was really dead. It was hard, he said, to even believe it, but that he knew, in his heart, that Billie Jean Dunn and Shawn Adkins were involved, and that he could not grasp why David could play video games, as if nothing was wrong, and Billie Dunn could watch her favorite TV show, refusing to get off the couch during it, while he was there to start searching, even if it meant pushing his daughter's baby carriage through the areas where he was told, by Billie Jean, that Hailey would have walked.
He lost his teenaged child, and went through various stages of believing and denying, and trying to get Billie Dunn to give up information, fearful of her wrath shutting her down.
But this was back then, when he thought he could hold on to the hope that Billie Dunn would tell him the truth, and not the lies of the failed polygraph, or the copied story on the Nancy Grace Show.
Sadly, the lies remain, if with the story, not coming from memory of experience, has changed over time.
Hailey remains without justice.