With formal training, the instruction of principle, including the understanding and application, upon completion, is just the beginning.
Complete Statement Analysis is an at-home course in which the new analyst learns the general principles of deception detection as well as the application.
Successful completion of the course is where it all begins.
It is here that the basic tools are now in the hands of the analyst who must now learn how to use them.
With enrollment in our course, we provide 12 months of e-support, which provides feedback and guidance in the course of study.
With enrollment, we also provide one free of charge access to live, on-line team training held at Go To Meeting.com.
Here they meet other analysts, instructors, investigators, journalists, writers, and experts from a wide variety of fields and work together for a common goal.
Team analysis now allows the analyst exposure to a wide swatch of human nature within the world of crime. It is, as to say, monthly access to the incessantly unexpected. I caution new analysts that this training is "addicting", which they soon learn why. They are involved in a supported team environment of the most detailed dissection of statements, literally entering into the language of criminal suspects where intellects range greatly.
Most will sign up for at least a year of training, and find that at the end of a year, detecting deception is no longer challenging. They run at or near 100% accuracy.
With this, they are ready to move into the area of profiling where the words of a subject reveal to them the subject's background, experiences in life, motive that drives him, and most interestingly, the subject's personality traits.
Sometimes there work is compared to a known psychological evaluation diagnosis.
With formal training, the overall obsession with language becomes routine, and at a certain point, is no longer "shut off."
Recently, I was asked to provide some suggested movies to watch.
Analysts find that, often in their second year, that they are incessantly analyzing conversations, including television.
I urge them to expand their internal data base of language through reading and analyzing to not only further practice but to learn more about human nature.
I recommend the writings of John Calvin on human nature, as well as Shakespeare. The popular series, "No Fear Shakespeare" is a great way to expose oneself to his understanding of human nature as they are small paperbacks of some of the most brilliant writing the world has ever known. On the left side is the original text and the right side (page) has modern English. After a few chapters, the reader leaves off the need for translations.
The Brothers Karamazov and the short stories are recommended. Here your heart is ripped out by the writing of tragedy and then handed back to you.
Interrogations: The Nazi Elite in Allied Hands, 1945, by Richard Overy I double up on because here you can see the transcripts of answers of men of extreme intellect in justifying evil. Even in second language, there is a great deal to mine. It is sobering.
Natan Sharansky's "Fear No Evil" Gulag experience and coping is amazing. This speaks to interrogation and interview resistance and the will of man.
There are so many others (I will give another list soon) but the key is to seek out reading that will cause you to be exposed to human nature well evidenced linguistically.
Now here is some fun to have while practicing the art of listening.
Modern movies rely upon gratuitous violence and nudity, which caused a precipitous drop in scripted dialogue. To practice the art of listening, I challenge you to step back a few years and embrace movies where the scripts are written from books and the actors had to rely upon skills rather than special effects.
Silent movies are fascinating because of the facial expression communication of which body language analysts enjoy, but here we are focusing on dialogue.
Clever dialogue is stimulating to listen to, including turning away from the face and just listening and analyzing in practice. These writers, even when scripting deception, use deception most often appropriately.
Entertainment Value: In these old classics, you're likely to find much emotion elation and joyful conclusions, and not as likely to watch an overweight woman fall down and pass gas, as you are today.
Rapid Fire Dialogue
This form of dialogue takes concentration (remember that?) to follow. Here are just a few recommendations:
1940's "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite insult movie. The lines move quickly and the insults delivered in rapid fire writing. Edna May Oliver is priceless.
Some others I recommend:
"The Philadelphia Story" explores human nature (greed, ambition, selfishness, redemption, etc) as does the insulting
" His Girl Friday" which, if you blink, you'll miss an insult.
"The Thin Man" with William Powell and Myrna Loy...I love the entire series.
My favorite period is the naughty "pre code" period, where one may "balance our account" to describe infidelity. (1930's "The Divorcee" and "Gold Diggers of 1933" represent the serious to the comedic.) 1931's "Dracula" is frightening and a few lines are spine chilling but it is mostly the face of Bela Lugosi making evil banal that is most effective.
"Three on a Match" shows drug addiction and the hallowed vanity of chasing riches. It is tough to watch.
Helen Twelvetrees can reduce you to tears in "Millie" when she says with the world's saddest eyes, hangs up the phone and says "that was my mother. She says for you to be good to me" to her new husband on their wedding night , who, as you might guess, was not good to her.
Twisted but sadly accurate, "Of Human Bondage" accurately portrays why men do such self destructive things over obsession with a woman.
It was from the early 30's that Hollywood's addition of musical scores reached its peak in 1939, where even the "b" movies shine today.
The all female cast of "The Women" starring Norma Shearer unashamedly explores how women think and feel.
1942's "Casablanca" is not a feel good movie, but when the French citizens unite in song against the Nazi occupiers, its hard to not feel inspiration.
"Topper" is fun while one of my favorite Joan Blondell movies is where she deals with the topic of a conscience that begins to bother her, more and more, under the tutelage of a professor, in:
"Good Girls Go to Paris" She was comedic genius.
Human nature does not change, and the relations between men and women in these movies leads modern critics who write reviews to issue caveats and politically correct apologies.
"Gone With the Wind"
"My Man Godfrey"
"Stagecoach" shows the brutality and tenderness of human nature.
"Little Lord Fauntleroy" and "Captains Courageous"
"Jezebel" will show what selfishness looks like in a shocking way, as a moment of emotional satisfaction is exchanged for a life.
"Imitation of Life"
"Manhatten Melodrama" addresses dignity, principle and friendship.
"The Charge of the Light Brigade" deals with vengeance and rage.
Although later, "The Searchers" shows the irrational side of hatred.
"Wuthering Heights" gives insight into humiliation's impact upon human nature.
1938's "Holiday" had the depression era's view that those with wealth just had to be wrong...my parents talked about waiting on line to see a movie that was sought as a form of relief during the Great Depression.
To see Greta Garbo laugh, after all those silent movies, is worth the price of rental, but when you hear her ask, "Must you flirt?", you'll be glad you landed: "Ninotchka."
"Goodbye Mr. Chips", "The White Cliffs of Dover" and Greer Garson in "Mrs. Miniver" are touching with strong dialogue.
Unashamed love stories, war accounts, and deeply moving films including Mae Clark's performance with "Waterloo Bridge" which deals with prostitution is tragic and heartbreaking.
"The Divorce of Lady X" is silly fun, and you'll have to turn up the volume a tad to hear Lawrence Oliver's banter with Merle Oberon, while ignoring her eternally adorable face expressions copied from UK's Jesse Matthews ("There Goes the Bride", another must see).
"The Awful Truth" tells the truth about male insecurity and jealousies.
"Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington" is an initial glimpse into corruption.
"Dinner at Eight"
"The Bishop's Wife" is warm hearted, though the early movies of Loretta Young are special.
Many of the movies from the 30's from the UK are dialog first movies and enjoyable while being useful for our purposes of practicing following dialog. I'm convinced that after a polite greeting from a Brit in 1935, that I have just been complimented while I know I've been horribly insulted.
There is far too many to list but the key is learning to listen even while enjoying movies and the writing must be intelligent, clever, and with an understanding of human nature. Although I love movies that elicit tears and will watch anything with Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire (Ginger Rogers is just fine without him), Myrna Loy, Edna May Oliver, and so many from the "Golden Era" of Hollywood, seek out clever dialogue.
It's useful and it's enjoyable.
If you have some classic movies you love and can recommend those with snappy dialogue, please add to the comments section.
I've left off my love of musicals as they are not dialogue first, but it is hard not to smile and follow Maurice Chevalier "Love Me Tonight", (if you like Disney's Beauty and the Beast", you'll recognize where the opening scene came from) and "The Merry Widow" --he's very funny. "Top Hat", "Shall We Dance" "42nd Street"
"Naughty Marietta" with Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy is good enough to get the Mp3s.
and one of my favorites movies that did not even make the "B" list, but remains fun to laugh at: Alice White: Naughty Flirt can be found on You Tube. She was an inspiration for Mel Blanc in his "Bugs Bunny" tails, as you might guess from the picture.
Make your recommendations in the comments section...and enjoy!