Statement Analysis can be entertaining. It can be, after all, rather fun to see a case hit the news, listen to the major players, and be able to say, "he did it!" to learn, later, he really did commit the crime.
Being a hobbyist can become a fascination and as a new way to view the news, as it is presented today by main stream media, it is also useful.
As one media twister recently said, the 'journalists today are 27 years old, know very little about the world, and are easy to play.'
They are given access to the White House in the last 7 years because they fawned all over the president, like a rock star. To them, in the presence of their supervisors and editors, the president thanked them, "for their support."
Thus, the death of journalism as we have come to know it. The hobby analyst has a level of help here, when reading or listening to the news.
They Hobby Analyst is an interesting person, with an interesting hobby, and reading up on analysis, using its terms, and applying some of them also helps provide a level of protection personally from the harm that liars do, including in emotional and vulnerable positions. "You just answered my question with a question" and they recognize how their question produced this.
Here, the hobbyist went from a distant 'who done it' in the news, to an increased level of discernment while now listening to main stream media and the politicians MSM upholds, and to a personal level of protection where the heart, itself, is kept safer. (not "safe", for this is impossible).
The hobbyist also uses the principles and skills in child raising. This, too, is an advantage because it is most likely that to reach the level of hobbyist, the individual has read enough to learn how destructive lying is and has taken to teaching his or her children to tell the truth, and to own when one lies.
This is a personal advantage, but it is also a societal advantage.
Those who learn in childhood that lying is wrong are now in a better statistical category for the well being and safety of society in general. In order to exploit his fellow man, the exploiter must now overcome his childhood resistance to deception. For some, it is easy to do, but just having resistance, in any dosage, is far better than no internal resistance at all. Should the hobbyist wish to assist his or her place of business with analysis, the call for a formal education, however, must be answered as the first public error is generally the last.
There are clear advantages to learning to analyze the statements of others in the form of a hobby and these advantages are many, from child raising to greater discernment and natural protection from exploitation. There are some good solid easy-to-read books to help the hobbyist along, which are frequently recommended here. Besides the reading...
practice, practice, and more practice.