Thursday, January 16, 2020
Human nature is complex.
Rigid thinkers struggle in training with this, particular if personal experience is lacking.
Mixed Emotions--Conflicting Emotions
Mixed emotions are part of nature and unless artificial intelligence is able to map all the experiences of a human, from conception to birth, throughout child and adulthood, there will be no computer replacement for human analysis.
Mixed emotions are sometimes conflicted emotions.
A good example was from a terror bombing in the UK in which a teenaged girl was wounded in her leg.
Her statement showed she both adored her father and blamed him---in the same statement, with words close together.
Fathers of teenaged girls see this as not only routine, but a normal part of growing up.
For the wounded girl, her father picking her up from the concert targeted by the terrorist, at a specific time meant, in her verbalized perception of reality, he was responsible. Had he not insisted on this particular time, she would not have been wounded. He was the villain in this moment in time. It did not last long.
It is not rational, in the sense that the father had no ability to know when an Islamic terrorist would strike, yet in his daughter's perception, based upon experience, her father represents God---all knowing, all caring, and to be completely trusted.
She was, in her mind, let down by him. Why? Because she had "holes" (wounds) in her leg that 'daddy didn't save me from'----
It was actually a linguistic signal of a good, loving and attentive father. Hence, her disappointment came from a reference point.
This status of blame quickly gave way to something else.
Wounded, that he would pick her up, comfort her and transport her to professional intervention was hero status for her father. Fathers close to their daughters have shared similar conflicted emotions from their daughters in commenting on the statement.
Law enforcement professionals are often very good at grasping this element of our nature and highlighting it in language.
They see it every day.
Professionals accept human nature for what it is---they do not
attempt to change it.
Someone does something very bad, yet they know that it is not "all" that the subject is.
Rigidity brings failure in analysis.
Human nature is complex.
Here is a case from a few years ago in which a 21 year old male called 911 confessing to have killed his girlfriend.
Listen to his language and follow his "linguistic disposition" towards his victim as well as towards self.