Anonymous Letter Analysis
by Peter Hyatt
This is the context of a statement.
We have previously covered the topic of "scientific" method within SCAN, from LSI. (LSI is here:
We use building blocks, but they are not cement, but clay. This means that there can be some shifting and settling within the blocks, but the basic input of analysis should produce the same output, whether done by me, or an analyst in California, or in Canada.
Yet, within the basic framework, there is an artistic value, especially in "entering" a statement. We saw how Canadian Analyst Kaaryn Gough displayed an amazing imagination used to "enter" into a statement, to learn the truth. Look through the search feature to see examples of her work.
This is critical for all analysis, but especially for Anonymous Letters.
Recently, in working for a company, I had mentioned that we can do anonymous work, but that it is best done as a group, with much input, and that it takes hours to complete. I was asked if I was certain and I said that if the anonymous letter is of any length at all, the letter, itself, will reveal the author.
"Yes, I am certain", I answered.
The company attendees exchanged knowing glances one with another, and soon I found myself forced to stand upon my assertion that we can, in deed, know the authorship of the letter. It was a letter with lots of innuendo and disturbing allegations regarding workers within the company. They were unable, in the past year, to determine the author. Was it a present employee? Was it a former employee? Was it an association, someone young, old, educated, uneducated? Race? Gender?
"Do it now!" they said.
Uh, oh. Me and my big mouth?
If so, it meant the entire afternoon session of interviewing missed. I held in my hand the addressed envelop. The location from which it was mailed had a population that was immense. It is difficult work and it is best done with others, and it was already lunch hour. I thought it best to put it aside, and finish our work. I was alone in this position.
"Do it with us now!"
Ok, yet it would be done with this caveat:
The attendees had all attended the two day initial training, and had attended a follow up training (day one) and the morning session of day two.
They were all chosen by their company because of their intellect and position. They were quick to learn, slow to speak, and keenly interested.
They were all very intelligent, and had high levels of 'emotional intelligence', that is, not only good intellects, but also strong self awareness. We had been together for a cumulative 20 hours, plus hours of homework, and countless hours of practice in the weeks between sessions.
They received this anonymous letter, about a year ago, and were not able to figure out who wrote it. With 500 employees, they narrowed it down to someone still working there, rather than a former employee. Some were certain; others not so.
We began with the insistence that everyone remain open minded because, they would find, changes in a moment. In the first line, they will say,
"this is an educated female" but in the second line, they would say:
"this is an uneducated male", and on and on this would go.
The analyst team must remain open, and openly willing to sound foolish, at any given moment, as ideas are throw out for the group when I asked,
"Who would say this? Male or female? What age? What education level? What emotional intelligence level??"
If one has low self awareness, it will harm the analysis, as projection will taint the portrait we which to emerge. There can be no political correctness, nor any offense, as there must be a willingness to stretch the imagination and think outside of one's own projected comfort level.
If one has unresolved, pressing issues, it will impact the analysis as well. It one has an agenda, it will also impact the work.
The group learned that this was slow, painstaking work, yet...
the end result was something special.
As time passed, the profile increased, and the gender and race changed, until a conclusion displayed itself:
We identified, specially, the author of the letter, as a former, and most embittered employee, who came from a specific apartment, had specific traits and very specific attributes. Gender, race and personality gave us a clear portrait of the former employee, feigning to be a current employee. We were even able to identify, within 3 months, the date the worker had resigned employment, and the personality description showed that it was someone who was going to be terminated, and who's bitterness was acute.
One check with personnel records showed that the analysis was exact in identifying the author. Verification of the address showed.
The feeling in the room was one of utter elation, equal parts shock and feeling of success, and I watched the others, newly trained, walk out, almost without speech, stunned by the work completed.
I, myself, could barely concentrate, from both exhaustion and excitement, amazed at the work done by Avinoam Sapir in developing this system.
My confidence in the system was enough to announce, "We can learn the identity", and when it came to putting the system to the test, I did not hesitate.