Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie In Maine

Statement Analysis deals with more than just truth and deception, but content.  I am often asked if Statement Analysis can be applied "live", or "on the fly" while someone is speaking.

With enough training and subsequent practice, training will pick up not only small indicators of sensitivity, but eventually, the listener will be "counting words" in his head; that is, noting short sentences (more likely to be truthful) versus long sentences (listening for qualifiers and passivity), as well as the easiest and most direct form of listening:

pronouns.

Pronouns take responsibility, ownership, and indicate level of closeness or distance.
Last night, I attended a dinner for Gov. LePage (Maine) and had the chance to speak with Gov. Chris Christie, who was the guest speaker.

Gov. Christie spoke for approximately 40 minutes, without notes.  The phrase, "all politicians lie" is for the lazy minded and those disinterested in the welfare of the country.  Some are this way due to defeatism, having seen the country's freedoms erode, for example, and protect themselves by this phrase.

Others employ it when a politician of their own liking is seen in a fabrication.

There are various reasons why one lies:

Grandiose Liar, which we recently covered, is rare, whereas self-preservation and fear of consequence are far more likely to be deceptive, but in answers to questions, rather than in an open statement.

A direct lie, that is, a fabrication of reality, is rare.  Most people lie (90%) via withholding information.

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky" from President Clinton, is a truthful statement.

It has the pronoun, "I"
It has the past tense verb, "did not"
It accurately addresses the allegation of "sexual relations."

Everyone of us has a personal, internal, subjective dictionary.  The two exceptions to this in language are:

1.  Pronouns
2.  Articles

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky" is now viewed with emphasis and principle explained.

The word "with" when found between people, indicates distance.
"Heather and I went shopping"is one way of saying it, while
"I went shopping with Heather" shows distance (I didn't want to be shopping)

The pronoun "I" and "Ms. Lewinsky" are as far apart as possible in the sentence, which shows the distance in reality.

What of the principle of the Personal, Internal, Subjective Dictionary?

In trainings, I often choose a single word and ask the audience what comes to mind.  When I say "boy", the answers range from:

A new born, hours old, up to a 21 year old male soldier, and everything in between.  This is why follow up questions are needed for clarification.  In Statement Analysis, we do not interpret; we listen.

Here is a new word for this test:

"Tomato"

I just picked a dozen tiny tomatoes from our garden yesterday, and eat them like a snack.  The night before yesterday, Christina and I watched the movie, "Marty" which, if you have not seen it, you're missing a treat.  "Marty" is an overweight, disillusioned Brooklyn Italian-American butcher who has reached the point in life where he says, "Whatever it is that women want, Ma, I ain't got" and that he was "tired of getting hurt" with rejection. His performance, based upon his facial expressions alone, is special.

His mother said that his brother in law told her to tell Marty to go to a dance  "There's lots of tomatoes there."

My father was a World War II veteran, who fought in the Pacific, as a signalman.  This was his era and as a boy, I had heard the expression, "tomato" for pretty young woman.

President Clinton later explained that his belief (his personal, internal, subjective dictionary) of
"sexual relations" is intercourse.  In fact, he would likely pass a polygraph had he been asked "Did you have sexual relations...?  This is why polygraphers must be trained to enter into the language of the subject and why "Did you steal...?" (morally charged) may lead to false passings, while, "Did you take...?" (morally neutral) would show accuracy.

Politicians often do not lie outright, but via withholding information.  It comes down to personality.  One who invents reality "While I was serving in Viet Nam" (having never step foot in that country) lies pathologically, that is, from childhood.

President Clinton knew it was technically true, but deceptive.  Later, when seen with a black eye, he said that he enjoyed "roughhousing" with Chelsea.  He did not say that Chelsea gave him the black eye.

I think that Hillary simply did not share President Clinton's personal, internal, subjective dictionary, even though many married couples do enter into each other's language.

Unless a politician is seen as a habitual or pathological liar (often seen in unnecessary lies), the voter should pay careful attention to his words.

I listened carefully as Gov. Chris Christie spoke of his personal friendship with Gov. Paul LePage.


Was it genuine?

In speaking for approximately 40 minutes without notes, it is fair to say that after the first few lines, he entered the Free Editing Process (FEP) in which he was now freely choosing his own words.  This allows for us to know the truth.

I had several observations.

1.  He spoke at length, but used short sentences.  Statistically, this is associated with truth.
2.  Pronouns do not lie.

Pronouns are instinctive.  Pronouns have been used by us millions of times.  We are 100% adept at choosing the right pronoun.  We do not need to pause to think.

The word "we" indicates unity and cooperation.  In rape claims, if the pronoun "we" enters the alleged victim's language concerning the alleged assailant, after the rape, it is a signal that police must consider the possibility of lying.  This principle, alone, has saved some from false accusations.

I noted the use of the pronoun "we" when he spoke of Mrs. LePage and his own wife, as well as the use of it regarding himself and "Paul" which leads to another point:

After the appropriate introduction "Gov Paul LePage", he shortened it to three things:

1. "Gov"
2.  "Paul"
3. "LePage"

Heather and I noted when the Gov was "The Gov" and when he was "LePage" and when he was only "Paul"  (see teaching on Social Introductions for more information on how this relates to the quality of relationships).

He was "Gov" often when voting was mentioned and he was "LePage" only a few times, specifically when he said, "LePage and I disagree..."

He was, often with reference to both wives, "Paul."

The use of names, as well as possessive pronoun, "my" indicate genuine closeness.

He spoke about "voting with the heart" as many people do not understand issues, and, he said, if we have learned anything, over the past six years, is that how we vote, and who we choose, really does make a difference.

I think this is something people of all parties would now, after seeing the rule of law in our country trampled upon, and our international standing diminished, that we need someone who loves this country, and does not seek to destroy it.

His short speech touched me, in particular, that our freedoms, many of which are now vapor, must be fought to be regained, especially freedom of speech.



14 comments:

GeekRad said...

I have no doubt that Chris Christie is an honest and sincere man. I think Hurricane Sandy profoundly changed him and he is sincere in wanting to do well for the citizens of New Jersey. He is one of the few politicians I have seen lately that I can say that about. For most I see their goal as power.

Hobnob said...

off topic

The father of a six-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and murdered by their 17-year-old neighbor earlier this month said he has already forgiven the teen.

James Wright, whose daughter Jenise was found a muddy bog near their Bremerton, Washington home several days after she vanished on August 2, said that Gabriel Gaeta made a bad decision.

'Gabe was tempted by the fallen,' Wright, a member of the Latter-Day Saints who has previously faced child molestation charges of his own, told the Kitsap Sun.

'With the free will given by our Father, he chose wrong. I've already forgiven him.'

Gaeta is jailed on investigation of first-degree murder and rape in the case, but prosecutors are awaiting a competency review before charging him. He is expected to be tried as an adult.

Wright, a member of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, said Gaeta had been 'part of the family' and previously welcomed into their lively home in the Steele Creek Mobile Home in East Bremerton.

But now, faced with the news that Gaeta murdered the girl, he is leaning on his religion to cope.

'How can I be in (God's) grace if I don't forgive?' he asked.

His wife Denise Wright said she's aware of death threats being made toward the suspect's family.

'I just want everybody to stop,' she said. 'It's not their fault this happened. Just blame him, not his family.'

Jenise's body was found on August 7 after an intensive search involving hundreds of law enforcement officers and others.

An FBI team with search dogs discovered the girl's body covered by a wood pallet and submerged in a muddy bog in woods near her Bremerton home.
She suffered blunt-force trauma to the head and was strangled and sexually assaulted, and that her body appeared to have been moved between a half-hour and three hours after she died.

Authorities said they linked evidence found near the girl's body to the DNA of Gaeta, a high school wrestler with no criminal history. A search of his home found evidence, including a blood- and mud-covered shirt and a bloody towel in Gaeta's bedroom.

James and Denise Wright reported Jenise missing on August 3. As authorities began investigating her disappearance, three children - aged eight, 12 and 16 - were removed from their care.

After she went missing, it emerged that James wright was arrested in 2000 on felony charges of child molestation in the first degree after an 8-year-old girl said he inappropriately touched them after a night of drinking.

More than a year later, in June 2001, the charges were amended to include third-degree child molestation after a 15-year-old girl who was babysitting the girl during New Year's Eve 2000 said that Wright touched her breasts and put his hands down her pants.

The felony charges against Wright were eventually dropped, and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault relating to the older child, court records show.

A judge in Whatcom County Superior Court sentenced Wright to a year in jail but suspended the entire jail time provided he followed certain conditions, including paying fees.

The couple are now focusing on regaining custody of their children, whom state placed with two adult siblings in Bellingham.

They appeared at a hearing to regain custody on Monday and have another next week. In the meantime, they have been allowed visitation.

Mr Wright said he cannot start healing until the children are home.

'How can you put a puzzle back together if you don't have all the pieces?' he asked.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2724154/Father-slain-girl-Ive-forgiven-him.html




Hobnob said...

i wonder if the father is so quick to'forgive' because he knows the teen has something on him?

I will do my damndest to get you a minimum sentence, i'll forgive you if you say nothing and take the fall?

Is he thinking this could have been me in the dock?

'With the free will given by our Father, he chose wrong. I've already forgiven him.'
I would be interested to know what his definition of choosing right is.
Would it have been ok if she had survived?
He chose to go too far (for whatever reason)would it have been ok if he had stopped before killing her?

Paedohilia is an horrendous crime that scars lives down the generations, how could he be so forgiving so fast?

Is it because he himself is a paedophile and by showing forgiveness to the teen he is forgiving himself?

Given how the father demeaned and disparaged his daughter along with his previous history, i can't help but wonder if she was already a victim to him and he passed on ( taught) what he knew to the teen?

Was the teen a vicitm of the father?

How long had they known each other?
What brought them togeather?
What did his parents think about him staying over at a known paedophiles's house?

There are too many unaswered questions and i still think the father has a role in this and not just letting her roam around.

What isn't being said?

New England Water Blog said...

Seth Mazzaglia's denial:“I’m gonna have to sit there for an hour and a half listening to them yell and whine and bitch and moan and scream about how I’m a monster who killed someone when I’m not.”

https://www.boston.com/news/local/new-hampshire/2014/08/12/lizzi-marriott-murderer-didn-want-hear-her-family-whine-his-sentencing/Zv0DaTndqYel4nAgq0Zb6K/story.html?p1=Topofpage:sub_headline_2

and the complete transcript of the phone call:

http://media.nbcbayarea.com/documents/Mazzaglia.PDF.pdf

elf said...

Poor little jenice :( its like she didn't have a chance. How could the father even be around kids after charges like that?? Even biological kids?? And its just now that jenices mother finally speaks on behalf of the suspected child murderers family? Where was she when jenice was missing? And now their only focus is getting the other three back home? What about justice for jenice? What about focusing on jenices funeral /memorial?
I shudder to think these neglectful parents may have custody of the three kids given back to them.

JenC said...

OT - Does anyone want to analyze this? I love to read the analyses here, but I have so little time, I don't get to practice it. I did notice a few things: 1)He refers to the deceased only as "my friend." 2)He doesn't drop pronouns. 3)The statement was about 98% past tense. At one point he says (paraphrasing) "now, at this point, he's doing this and he's doing that." Then he resumes the story in past tense. This story troubles me. I've usually always tended to side with the police version of the story, believing they are there to protect and serve. Also, every interaction I've ever had with a cop has been good. But after seeing the videos of Eric Garner and of that cop ruthlessly beating that homeless woman, I am starting to have serious questions.

JenC said...

OT - Does anyone want to analyze this? I love to read the analyses here, but I have so little time, I don't get to practice it. I did notice a few things: 1)He refers to the deceased only as "my friend." 2)He doesn't drop pronouns. 3)The statement was about 98% past tense. At one point he says (paraphrasing) "now, at this point, he's doing this and he's doing that." Then he resumes the story in past tense. This story troubles me. I've usually always tended to side with the police version of the story, believing they are there to protect and serve. Also, every interaction I've ever had with a cop has been good. But after seeing the videos of Eric Garner and of that cop ruthlessly beating that homeless woman, I am starting to have serious questions.

Duuhh - here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXTZOR-lHw0&feature=youtu.be

Anonymous said...

I too am hoping you'll analyze the statement of the witness to Michael Brown's murder. I heard several instances of present tense; he actually seemed to consistently move from past to present.

Sus said...

I am also hoping to see an analysis of Dorian Johnson's statement. I read it with an open mind, but kept noticing red flags. I do not believe his account.

Sus said...

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/eyewitness-michael-brown-fatal-shooting-missouri

Here's an article with quotes.

Buckley said...

"I did not order the Ft Lee traffic study."

Is that what we'd expect?

I like him though. If it's the GOP's turn, we could do worse. I don't agree "loving this country" is a partisan endeavor though.

Anonymous said...

All the pieces will never be back. I find that an odd statement for him to make. Jenise isn't one of the (family) pieces to the puzzle? :(
A lot of his statements are "off" anyway, but I really don't like that Jenise obviously isn't included in his puzzle.

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely wondering if the teen was a victim of the father. That, or at the very least, I wonder what he had been "teaching" him, when he took him undet his wing, taught him to chop wood, etc. Disgusting really. I wonder if the rest of the neighborhood knew about the fathers prior offenses (including the teens family).

Buckley said...

I posted this but it got deleted:

UPDATE: On Thursday, Christie said, "I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge."

On Wednesday morning, news outlets released emails that strongly imply that in September a top aide to New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie planned a dangerous traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee. After over seven hours of silence, Christie—a possible presidential candidate in 2016—released a statement denying he had knowledge of the aide's actions. Up until then, Christie and his aides made numerous statements claiming his office had no involvement in the scandal. Here's the evolution of how Christie responsed to the scandal, dating back to September:

"Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the Christie campaign, said that any notion that Mr. Sokolich faced retribution for not endorsing the governor was 'crazy.'" -The Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2013
​ "A spokesman for Christie, Michael Drewniak, said the governor had nothing to do with the lane closures: 'The governor of the state of New Jersey does not involve himself in traffic studies,' Drewniak said." -The Star-Ledger (November 13, 2013)
"I was the guy out there, in overalls and a hat. I actually was the guy working the cones out there. You really are not serious with that question."​ -Christie to WYNC (December 2, 2013)
"Mr. Christie also said he believed Mr. Baroni's [his top executive appointee at the Port Authority] explanation that the purpose of the closures was a traffic study. 'I don’t think that Senator Baroni would not tell the truth,' Mr. Christie said." -The Wall Street Journal (December 13, 2013)
"Christie said Friday the political drama surrounding the issue was 'created and manufactured,' further characterizing it as 'a whole lot of hullabaloo.'" -CNN (December 13, 2013)
"I don't have any recollection of ever having met the mayor of Fort Lee in my four years...He was not somebody that was on my radar screen in any way–politically, professionally, or in any other way" -CNN (December 13, 2013)
"When asked about that claims that the closures were ordered for political retribution, Christie said 'absolutely, unequivocally not.'" Politico (December 13, 2013)
"I know you guys are obsessed with this, I'm not. I'm really not. It's just not that big a deal." -Christie to Talking Points Memo (December 19, 2013)
And, finally, Wednesday:

"What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions."​ -Statement, January 8, 2013