In our live monthly training, we apply the elements we learn through the course: literally, we put our knowledge to the test.
We ask questions.
As we go, word by word, and sometimes, in a written statement, letter by letter, we ask questions. We ask questions of ourselves, and we ask questions of each other, as a team. We ask questions and we explore the answer.
This video shows brilliance; brilliance that is the ability to embrace an unanswered question, comfortably, until the answer emerges. Frank Marsh is one of the most gifted instructors I've ever met. Even when seeking "the expected" in analysis team, it is best in the form of questions; not to the team, but from the team in which we seek answers.
In our work, we do not interpret.
Our success comes from non-interpretive listening; we ask questions and we allow the subject to define words for himself. It is not only legally sound, it works!
If you have ever seen a well trained social worker interview a child, it is the single most boring interview you'll ever watch.
It is also brilliant.
It is done by short, open ended question after question and with each answer, a new question is asked.
"He wanted to play wrestle with me and it was fun."
Who is "he"?
What does play wrestle look like?
"What is fun?"
"What does fun feel like?"
"Who has fun?"
"Is it always fun?"
on and on it goes.
This trained child protective worker can outshine investigators because of questions.
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With a child, there is no "impressive questions" nor an adult to "best" or outwit; it is the seeking of information only. It takes great patience and the willingness to avoid interpretation.
The most powerful question an investigator can ask is, "What happened?" and with each answer, questions are asked to allow the subject to interpret his own language. Our questions cannot contaminate answers! We must use self discipline. We get to the truth by asking questions.
When we ask someone
the subject goes into a personal dictionary of more than 20,000 words and must decide
*which information to share
*which to withhold
*what words to use
*what tenses to use
*where to place each word next to another...
all in less than a millisecond of time.
It is within this rapid speed that deception must 'disrupt' the transmission, as experiential memory is disengaged, where Statement Analysis pounces.