In Deception Detection, we study words, not themes. To learn advanced techniques, one must understand: "I am not studying arson, nor am I studying murder, I am studying words."
This is important to remember as we take examples, not only from criminal cases, but in any public communication. To limit it to criminal will hinder the professional analyst who may be employed in:
Analyzing Employment statements of "he said; she said" disputes that are common;
Human Resource claims and counter claims.
Statements with elements of relationship deception.
At times, these words do reveal elements of Domestic Violence and child abuse. There is a value in studying any communication that captures an audience's attention.
To not study the words of athletes, celebrities and others in the news, is to miss an entire section of analysis that will be needed in advanced analysis.
This is the statement of a French actress named, unofficially perhaps, as a 'corespondent' in a divorce case against actor Brad Pitt.
Why it is newsworthy will have to be explained by another. Here, the media reported that the actress released a statement in which she "denied an affair" with Pitt:
This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into. I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up.
Here we have a lengthy introduction by the subject. She did not say "I didn't have an affair with Brad Pitt" which would have been short and it would have been strong.
In the introduction, she calls being publicly named in an upcoming divorce as "whirlwind news", in her own subjective understanding of what this means.
She further emphasized this with time: "...broke 24 hour ago" which lets us know that she has had time to think about her statement for a day.
Priority? She wants us to know that she is not "used to commenting..." and that she doesn't "take seriously" these things.
However, she used the small word "but" at this point:
She doesn't take these things "seriously", with the use of the word "serious", now set into a form of rebuttal by the word "but" here. We should consider that this allegation is very "serious" to the subject.
As a actor, fortunes are made with publicity and in our current culture, any publicity is advantageous, which is why celebrities and publicists often create (and phone in) their own "intrusion" or event.
" but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up. "
She called the allegation a "situation", and used the word "this", making it psychologically, a "situation" that is very close or impactful upon her.
She stated that the situation is "spiraling", that is, is kinetic and that this "spiraling" is, indeed, "affecting people."
If she did not have an affair with Pitt, why would this not only be "affecting" people, but with "spiraling", why would the impact be increasing?
Best is to write, "I didn't have an affair with Brad Pitt", leaving her without impetus or responsibility to write anything further.
She needs to tell the public something because there is an ongoing, escalating impact upon "people" (plural), that she loves. We now listen to hear who she introduces into the statement first.
Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.
"Firstly" tells us that logical follow through is intended, yet the sentence is long (emotion). What is "first" that the public is to know?
it was "many years" that she met the "man"
b. The man of her life, father of her son and baby, her love, her best friend, which all point to her, and not to the man. This is how the man impacts her.
Then notice the change introduced by one word when it comes to "need"; this man is the "only" one.
The word "only" is called a 'dependent' word in Statement Analysis: it works when another word (s) (thought representation) is present. The man is compared to another who is not "needed."
This is a strong indication that the other man she is considering, is not the father of her children, was not met many years ago, and he is also someone she does not "need" in life.
This sentence does not work unless she is thinking of another. This is very close to an admission.
Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you.
She told us of a "spiraling" impact upon others, which has caused her to rebut her own norm and respond, yet she is, "very well thank you", which also, via additional language, tells us she is anything but.
This crafted conversation isn't distressing.
Here she reports what the conversation is not; that is, in the negative.
And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery.
Here she avoids issuing a denial, instead she has the need to insult those who want to know it is true by calling them "haters" who are "quick to pass judgement"; the judgment that she can answer, but avoids doing so.
Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment. With all my love Marion Ceci
We note the order of the names, and we note the unnecessary emphasis of "both";
We note that the respect is said to be "deep" and that this "moment" is "very tumultuous" but she does not clarify for whom.
She does not deny having an affair with Pitt; therefore, we cannot deny it for her.
She gives indication of the need to persuade, while coming close to an actual admission via analysis. When taken with the lack of denial, it becomes even stronger.
The need to speak out comes from impact, while then denying the impact upon self, yet it is she, herself, who communicates.
The subject also uses the Statement Analysis principle: "I love you" element of public declaration. The need is to tell a world wide audience of her devotion to "only" one man. She does not state devotion to one man, but "only" one man; herein lies the key. The word "only" is unnecessary unless there is more than one man, and given the context of the announcement, it is Pitt.
The relationship is in trouble.