Friday, July 4, 2014
Statement Analysis: I Love You
Praise for parenting
I love you
Harris told the detective what a "wonderful" father he was, and how he kissed his son and said, "I love you."
The detective was quoting Harris' statement upon arriving at the scene.
In Statement Analysis, we flag "I love you" being stated as troublesome. This is a good example of why.
We all say "I love you" to our children at night. Few, however, feel the need to make a statement about this to others, particularly to police. It is this need that we highlight as sensitive, or problematic.
We find that abusive and neglectful parents are those who will praise themselves in the highest of terms.
"I'm a great mother!" said Billie Jean Dunn.
In this case, the detective testified that Harris praised himself as a "wonderful" father who even "kissed" his son goodbye.
In Statement Analysis, the principle remains the same: The need to portray oneself as wonderful often indicates the very opposite in reality.
Also, kissing "goodbye" is sometimes the time of death, or near the time of death, as the guilty party wants to portray themselves in a positive light.
Harris kissed his son and then left him to bake in the car, until dead.