Thursday, August 18, 2016


An analyst in training deserves "Congratulations" for her recent work, and its a privilege to share the victory with others. 

An analyst experienced her first professional "victory" in Statement Analysis and had to share. 

This need to share is something we all experience, and it never goes away.  

 It is something that we don't forget and it stays with us.   This need to share is such that even after many years of success after success, analysts still shake their heads in wonder, as if the most recent solving of a case was their first.

Her enthusiasm was identical to that which we have come to expect to hear, and it is thrilling.  This one was special as it also contained an important element that is not only a lesson in itself, but a healthy reminder for us; it  makes all the hard work  in training worth every moment. 

The subject was communicatively disabled and reported what would be considered a small crime.  Neither element deterred the analyst who simply shifted the communication to the written statement; something we all should be doing, anyway.

The lessons and the repetition of practice and working with others quickly kicked in.

She caught the opening sentence as the subject's priority:  to establish her own alibi.  This touched the analyst's instincts (something that principe enhances!) to cause her to consider:

"This subject needs an alibi!"

She has been trained to consider the opening sentence to be very important; sometimes even the reason for the statement, and by characterizing it in context, she began with the sense of alibi building.  The subject guided her the rest of the way.  

Then she noted the self-censoring of broken sentences, and then she noted the artificial placement of emotions.

In reviewing her analysis, she did a fine job in understanding what had really happened.  

She learned that the fraud was not true, but that the subject, herself,  had diverted money to someone she knew.  The subject feared consequences and although not present for this, I believe the subject likely sensed the analyst's confidence which led to the admission.

Congratulations to the analyst!

But there is more.

She has learned and seen, first hand, how professional analysts handle a minor theft versus how an analyst handles a double homicide.

They handle them both the same.  

1.  Every statement is an opportunity for growth.  It is new and exciting and as varied as human nature itself. 

2.  Every interview is a lesson.  The lesson is the subject and we are the student.  Every interview, no matter what the subject intends towards us, is a lesson in analysis and in human nature.  

We treat petty theft just as we treat murder because for us it is not about theft, arson, rape or murder:  it is about truth, deception and justice.

By handling each and every case with the same level of importance and intensity, each and every case is a lesson learned.  

Bobby Fischer, after losing a game to Russian Boris Spassky once said,

"That's chess.  Sometimes you teach a lesson and sometimes you're taught a lesson."  

I find many subjects in the interview process are more than a little willing to school us on interviewing.  Even while being insulting or condescending, they are helping us.   

Bobby Fischer considered each defeat a lesson and it was his losses that he studied so intently in his quest for excellence.  

Every interview is a lesson.  We learn from mistakes, but we are filled with resolve over victories and the encouragement of that very first "A to Z" case:  knowing what happened, and getting the proof, lasts a life time.

It builds confidence within the analyst. 
It builds confidence with the science. 
It serves the public.  

Congratulations to a talented and enthusiastic analyst who has a bright future before her!

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Anonymous said...

Anti freedom of speech. Censorship. No dialog if doesnt fit the narrative. Mizzou...

Anonymous said...

Peter, congratulations to your student on her fine accomplishment.
Unfortunately, some posters appear to need lessons in spelling and basic sentence structure.

Tania Cadogan said...

Congratulations to the lady on a job well done, the first of many.
Congratulations to you as well Peter for teaching her so well.

Anonymous said...


Do you think men or women would be more suited for statement analysis? Is there a difference at all?

Deborah said...

It has to be rewarding for both teacher and student to see talent and tenacity bloom!

Unknown said...

I wish her a great future with many victoties ahead!

Anonymous August 19, 2016 at 8.25, i believe men and women are both needed for an good statement analysis..... for as far i have learned you need a team to help you ferify your findings and to get new inside of mayby things you overlooked...i read a comment of Peter about the differents between men and woman in analyzing:
"Today, following question was posted in the comments section:

"Who do you think is more suited for analysis, men or women?"

Great question.

The best analysis is team analysis and the best team assembled for analysis has a female attribute to it.

There is a significant difference between male and female analysts. As is within biology (nature) the male-female dynamic is "complimentary" in scope.

Male and Female

The strongest female analysts I work with see and own their emotional component. The self awareness is acute. They often hold great pity towards a subject, want to nurture the subject and even "fix" the issue, which is often criminal.

Self awareness is key.

The strongest male analysts I work with see and own their logical component, often missing or minimizing the emotional component. This is critical. Self awareness must exist for them to succeed.

When analyzing, we seek to "enter into" the language; that is to know what the subject knows. In order to do this, we must experience the subject's emotions.

The Will of Man"

When i red this i kind of had to laugh a bit.....because of the part it says "woman want to "fix" the subject.....ive always learned men are the onces who want to fix things......when problems occur, woman want to talk about it, they dont want to solve it, they just wanna talk about want to solve (fix) that makes me wonder why would in Statement analysis the woman be the one who wants to "fix" things.....? Do men and women work different in statement analysis then they would in daily life?

Anonymous said...

Anon, Yes she probably should not trust her own judgement, because after a person goes through a divorce, they become incapable of rational thought or drawing conclusions. They usually need someone else to think for them too.
(Unless you can explain what you mean by your question, you sound like a very condescending and emotionally dangerous person.)