Friday, July 14, 2017
Quiz: Speeding Ticket Result
A subject complained about speeding tickets in the state of Georgia.
Quiz for analysis:
1. How many speeding tickets does he have?
2. What else do you know about the subject?
3. Is he telling the truth?
All questions warrant explanation as Statement Analysis is not guess work.
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"This is ridiculous. I was raised and grew up in LA my whole life and went 19 straight years without a speeding ticket. I moved to Georgia and you know what? I got 3 tickets in the first 2 years I lived here. You tell me it is not a speed trap state? Get real. I am not a dangerous driver and this is about revenue and not about safety. "
1. The subject is truthful.
2. The subject has 4 or more speeding tickets
3. The subject's anger is within a single topic. We cannot conclude anger issues.
When he was 18, he got a speeding ticket in northern California driving overnight and it impacted his insurance and he had a difficult time with his parents. The impact stayed with him and while living in an area where people routinely go from clogged traffic to 10+ mph over the limit ("the speed of traffic") and not ticketed, he did not get a speeding ticket for the next 19 years.
During this time he had no moving violations, accidents, nor parking tickets.
He graduated from college and had steady employment since age 16. He eventually married and had 2 daughters.
In his late 30's, his life changed and he moved to a very rural area. He wanted a more quiet lifestyle for his family and growing up in LA, he read a lot about "country life" and small town America.
In short order, he was routinely pulled over with warnings to slow down and received 3 speeding tickets (all in 30 mph zones) in the first 2 or so years living there.
A close friend (deputy) told him it was not about safety but revenue and coming from the city, he needed to adjust. He told him that he did not understand how under-budgeted small law enforcement is and that on a deserted road, he still had to slow down.
He made the above statement while debating revenue issues, years later, and how in each time he was ticketed, he was not endangering anyone with his driving. This was not disputed.
He claimed that when he first moved there, he was known as an outsider and his expensive "city" car stood out.
After the first 2 years there, he settled into the culture and stopped getting tickets.
4 tickets in total.
In the analysis, we would have concluded that he had a minimum of four tickets.
One additional and unnecessary word:
"...went 19 straight years without a speeding ticket."
The word straight speaks to a specific point of time and is unnecessary to use, unless...
it is necessary.
He said he deserved the first ticket in Northern California, as he was going 15 mph above the limit and was foolishly rushing because he was tired.
He was truthful as his sentence structure shows and the anger is directed appropriately.
Professional Analysts must learn to limit themselves to the language and not "see" in a statement what is not there. This discipline is critical and cannot come outside of experience where lots and lots of statements are analyzed.
The interview affirmed that he was as described by his wife and friend, easy going and soft spoken. His employment record was exemplary.
We look for emotionally charged language to "spill"; that is to move to other areas of life, which suggests more than just context, but possible personality traits. This is always explored. We seek to gauge emotion versus reality; that is, when high emotion is combined with a lack of logic, it can become a signal of danger, erraticism, and even narcissism.
Interviewing is a wide open activity.
Atlanta Braves versus Hometown Las Angeles Dodgers
Discussing his love of sports, no such response was elicited, even when the Dodgers played the Braves in baseball. For him, the rivalry is fun but not heated.
In interviewing, we often move the conversation away from the subject, himself, to allow him the freedom to "spill" if need by, by asking him (especially in employment interviewing) about witnessing experience through others rather than self.
In this case it went from, "Were the deputies that pulled you over polite?" (he said 2 were but 1 was smirking) which led to:
"Do you know anyone who has been mistreated by police?"
We look to listen to his reaction to the experiences of others.
In this, he claimed that over the years those who complained to him about police treatment always seemed to be too defensive, as if they were hiding something, and he did not believe them.
He did not have anti-police sentiment.
In Employment Analysis, when we want to learn about theft, for example, we follow the same line:
"Have you ever worked for a company who had been stolen from?"
and similar questions.
We are looking for linguistic disposition.
Some view companies as "faceless corporate write-offs" and will automatically side with employee, emotionally.
Others will have human empathy towards companies as they are viewed as made up of people.
Those who see a company made up of people proves to be a substantial lowered risk for filing fraudulent claims. This is where companies lose money, time and jeopardize their reputation. Restrictive laws prohibit the asking of many questions (the same restrictions imposed by politicians are not imposed against government agencies).
Analytical Interviewing is the natural outworking of analysis; knowing the right questions to ask and using the right language and it gets to the truth.
If this subject had serious anger issues, we would want to know it, just as a company will not want to hire a cocaine addict, even though the applicant cannot be asked,
"Do you like to use cocaine on break?"
Analytical Interviewing is legally sound and gets the answers employers need.
This is best taught in seminar form as we employ video techniques to those with basic Statement Analysis training.
We weed out those who are most likely to bring trouble to a company, including showing the best way to weed out from law enforcement those who should never carry lethal force in authority.
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