Thursday, August 18, 2016
An analyst in training deserves "Congratulations" for her recent work, and its a privilege to share the victory with others.
An analyst experienced her first professional "victory" in Statement Analysis and had to share.
This need to share is something we all experience, and it never goes away.
It is something that we don't forget and it stays with us. This need to share is such that even after many years of success after success, analysts still shake their heads in wonder, as if the most recent solving of a case was their first.
Her enthusiasm was identical to that which we have come to expect to hear, and it is thrilling. This one was special as it also contained an important element that is not only a lesson in itself, but a healthy reminder for us; it makes all the hard work in training worth every moment.
The subject was communicatively disabled and reported what would be considered a small crime. Neither element deterred the analyst who simply shifted the communication to the written statement; something we all should be doing, anyway.
The lessons and the repetition of practice and working with others quickly kicked in.
She caught the opening sentence as the subject's priority: to establish her own alibi. This touched the analyst's instincts (something that principe enhances!) to cause her to consider:
"This subject needs an alibi!"
She has been trained to consider the opening sentence to be very important; sometimes even the reason for the statement, and by characterizing it in context, she began with the sense of alibi building. The subject guided her the rest of the way.
Then she noted the self-censoring of broken sentences, and then she noted the artificial placement of emotions.
In reviewing her analysis, she did a fine job in understanding what had really happened.
She learned that the fraud was not true, but that the subject, herself, had diverted money to someone she knew. The subject feared consequences and although not present for this, I believe the subject likely sensed the analyst's confidence which led to the admission.
Congratulations to the analyst!
But there is more.
She has learned and seen, first hand, how professional analysts handle a minor theft versus how an analyst handles a double homicide.
They handle them both the same.
1. Every statement is an opportunity for growth. It is new and exciting and as varied as human nature itself.
2. Every interview is a lesson. The lesson is the subject and we are the student. Every interview, no matter what the subject intends towards us, is a lesson in analysis and in human nature.
We treat petty theft just as we treat murder because for us it is not about theft, arson, rape or murder: it is about truth, deception and justice.
By handling each and every case with the same level of importance and intensity, each and every case is a lesson learned.
Bobby Fischer, after losing a game to Russian Boris Spassky once said,
"That's chess. Sometimes you teach a lesson and sometimes you're taught a lesson."
I find many subjects in the interview process are more than a little willing to school us on interviewing. Even while being insulting or condescending, they are helping us.
Bobby Fischer considered each defeat a lesson and it was his losses that he studied so intently in his quest for excellence.
Every interview is a lesson. We learn from mistakes, but we are filled with resolve over victories and the encouragement of that very first "A to Z" case: knowing what happened, and getting the proof, lasts a life time.
It builds confidence within the analyst.
It builds confidence with the science.
It serves the public.
Congratulations to a talented and enthusiastic analyst who has a bright future before her!
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