Friday, October 24, 2014
Statement Analysis of "Mama June"
Recently, the show was abruptly canceled when it was reported that the mother, "Mama June", has been with a man who sexually abused children.
Has the mother been involved with a child molester, making the network's decision justified? We can know the truth by listening to what the mother, "Mama June" wrote.
Statement Analysis gets to the truth.
This may be a strange example, especially for those of us that have not seen the show, but language, no matter what the sample is, reveals truth.
If you were Mama June and you did not engage in a relationship with a convicted child molester, what would you say?
Might you say, "I did not have a relationship with ....."? Or, "I am not, nor have been..."? You would like issue a reliable denial with three components:
1. The pronoun "I"
2. The past tense "did not" or "didn't"
3. The allegation answered.
Many deceptive people will say "I am innocent" or "I would not", but avoid saying "I did not..."
A deceptive person will, in more than 90% of the time, avoid the stress of a direct lie and issue a Reliable Denial (RD) when, in fact, they cannot say it without lying.
Let's see if the mother plainly tells us that she did not become involved with a child molester, causing the net work to cancel the show, and lose money on that which has already been filmed:
The mother made this statement online:
"I want to make a post trying to clear up the rumors remember you can't believe everything you read!" she wrote. "Ppl sell stories to the tabloid everyday that r false! It isnt true i promise my kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn't go back."
Here is the post again, with emphasis added, and Statement Analysis:
"I want to make a post trying to clear up the rumors
She tells us what she "wants" to do; which is distancing language. Note also she does not "deny" the rumors, only to "clear them up." She does not tell us that they are false.
remember you can't believe everything you read!"
this is a truthful statement. It continues with her theme of distancing language. "you" can't believe everything you read. Here is where she can issue a reliable denial.
She does not.
"Ppl sell stories to the tabloid everyday that r false!
this is also true; people also sell their stories to television, as well.
She avoids issuing a reliable denial.
it isn't true
Since she spoke about "rumors" in the plural, she would need to clear up which "rumor" is not true, and which ones need to be "cleared" up.
i promise my kids r #1 priority over anything else
note the need to "promise" weakens the assertion and is the language of deception.
and I would never put them in danger period over this
Here we have the unreliable denial of "would never" which avoids saying "I did not put them in danger"
Note that the word "this", which indicates closeness, is actually close to an admission. She "would never" (instead of "did not") put her kids in danger over "this", indicating that there must be a "this" in existence, which she acknowledges would put her kids in danger!
This is close to being an admission of guilt rather than a denial!
or anything else
This indicates knowledge of other things ("anything else") that the public would consider risky to her children.
they r my life this is my past
She does not say "that was my past", but "this", again, as close. "That" would have shown distance. Instead, Mama June shows closeness to the situation.
I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn't go back."
It may be true that she left him 10 years ago, but she is unable to say "I didn't go back to him."
This statement indicates that the "Learning" Channel's decision to drop her, due to her relationship with a child molester, was likely based upon strong evidence that she did engage in a relationship with a child molester that endangered her children and the network did not wish to be associated with her any longer, so much so, that they would be willing to lose the money spent on the season already filmed.