Monday, December 26, 2016

Statement Analysis 2017 Reading List

From time to time, I recommend books for those interested in learning more about Statement Analysis but especially for those in formal training who wish to take their work in deception detection to  higher levels. 

Most analysts posses this trait anyway, which makes reading suggestions easy; they love to learn, and are always digging deeper into truth versus deception.  Central to increasing your insight is human nature. 

In a recent Crime Wire broadcast, I said that those who are overly suspicious do not take naturally to successfully discerning deception, but those who are gullible often find great success.  I need to qualify this. 

Those who are terribly gullible, but open for learning, stand the best chance at obtaining a high level of success in deception detection.  

The suspicious can also learn if they are willing to discover and process the source of suspicion, which is often trauma.  

The narrative driven, in whatever direction, no matter the intellect, will falter and will fail miserably, sooner than later.  

Yet,   those who ask themselves, "Am I narrative driven?" are in a good position to learn due to the self honesty in even asking such a question.  

The following are recommended for those who wish to learn more about human nature, the key to detecting deception, often within the criminal mind.  

Culture of Deception 

Deception became accepted in the last 8 years, to the point where it became the standard with major media outlets openly stating "it is best" for the public to be deceived, including giving the Islamic Republic of Iran nuclear weapons.  When "they" know better, we need discernment.   

Within the deception we just saw in both Brexit (the world would end) and the 2016 US election season,  the "Top 100" list of emails that were uncovered for the public via Wikileaks is fascinating reading:

Rare is any claim made that says these are "fake" or "forged" documents.  In one recent claim, we analyzed the subject and found her to be deceptive.  

 Besides my own recommendations, these also come from several top  analysts for your consideration.  

There is no single topic in greater need of understanding than human nature itself.  The more I know, the more I know that I do not know.  I tag some as "Reference" meaning that although they may be read cover to cover, they are useful for reference work, or, within analysis, short, intermittent study.  

1.  "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan.  

This recommendation is for those with training in analysis.  

If you read this in high school or college, revisit it now, particularly as one interested in deception detection.  It was written by a man without formal education who was a blue collar impoverished worker who spent time in jail.  Please consider avoiding any modern English translation.  The 'Shakespearean' language is not only beautiful, but it, like "cursive" writing in school, will cause you to learn more, and increase your intake of information.  Being forced to even transcribe videos is a valuable tool for analysis.  

Basically the reason this was, for a very long time in history, the number 2 best selling book is this:

When you read it, you will likely say that it is your own autobiography and each event is an accurate description of what you experienced in life.  Seeing those who are deceptive will come to modern life and be identified by you.  It is magical.  

Charles Spurgeon read it more than 100 times in his life for a reason.  

2.  "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin DeBecker.  

This is for all readers. 

After this was recommended, the paperback version is all but worn out by my family.  It speaks to human nature (the recurring theme of recommendations) and its reactions to situations of perceived threat and danger.  It was originally recommended to me by a trusted source for my 16 year old daughter.  I, too, recommend it for your teenagers.  

3.   "Absolute Predestinationby Jerome Zanchius.  Interested in challenging yourself?

This, too, is for those with training.  

It is a tiny, short, powerful book that will challenge your thinking and is only for those who love a good mental brawl with themselves.  This is for religious and non-religious thinkers.  When complete, whether you personally agree with it or not, you will have exercised yourself in a powerful discipline in thinking.  

4.   "Human Nature in its Fourfold State", by Thomas Boston.  

Free Will is a myth.  

Any decision you make has influences all around it; hence, purely free will, that is, without any prior influence, is myth.  

When you make a decision on anything, your background, experiences, education and even personality traits will bear upon your will.  

You must be considering the elements that impact human will and how it is exposed through language. 

 How did this impact culture?  

How did this impact crime?  

What is the chances this criminal will repeat?

Who believes this?  

What of those who do not believe this?

What the analyst believes regarding the nature of man impacts everything from how he or she raises children, to how they see the role of teachers, police, government, and society.  Finally, it tests the ability to discern the "why" behind deception.   

We often signal "subtle contempt" by the guilty towards the victim. This helps both ask and answer the powerful question, as does "The Pilgrim's Progress."  

5.  "Crime Classification Manual" by Douglas, Burgess, Burgess and Ressler.  Reference, but  fascinating chapter by chapter.  Some dating, but many valuable chapters.  Some will be read straight through, while others will be for research.  

6.  "Memoirs of Vidocq" by Francois Eugene Vidocq  

What causes someone to go from mastermind criminal to mastermind detector of criminality? 

 This is fun reading while being insightful.    

7.  Avinoam Sapir's "Linguistic Archeology."  This, and a few more, are repeats. 

I cannot answer for the struggles some have had in ordering it from but it is worth pursuing.  It is brilliant while being poorly edited (not computer errors, but actual editing of paragraphs, chapters and topics.)   It is very slow reading but it is brilliant.   Those without any training in Statement Analysis may struggle.  Even at its high cost ($80 for paperback?) it is a bargain. 

8.  The Bell Curve free online.  Politicians said it was racist, which drew my attention.  It is not.  Fascinating.  Reference. 

Analysts love statistics.  

The analyst cannot be intimidated by threats or pressure from political correctness.  

IQ, crime, impulse control, childhood lessons...its all there.  

Human Nature, Observations and Learning 

Ask Questions and seek books that both ask and answer questions.  

Read reactions: 

Why do some make threats or others seek to intimidate, harass or embarrass while others critically think between two competing ideas?

Why do college kids need "safe spaces from competing ideas" now, but not a few years ago?  

What happened?

What is within them that causes such illogical reactions?

Why do some dedicate their entire lives to a person or people they have never met nor never will meet nor ever gain a dollar from?  Why will some risk their reputation and even their employment, using deceptive language for the cause of another of whom they shall never benefit?

Why do they say for these people, the things the people refuse to say for themselves?

Deception is now the new norm and journalism has become an empty shell of its former self, while providing opportunity for truth seekers.    

Race, language and impact. 

In 2017, I hope to release a series of short courses for trained analysts  on Distinctive Elements within language.  These specialities include:

"The Language of Sexual Assault" for Sex Crimes Unit.

"Ransom Notes and Threat Assessment" 

The Psychology behind "Fake Hate" 

and  one that is almost complete:  

"Analyzing Urban Black Language" in criminal statements.  These criminal statements often contain a single phrase which is used as a noun, verb and adverb, complimentary and insulting,  in the same statement.  Analysis can be challenging.  

This course is designed to help analysts better understand the language found within a statement in order to get to the truth.  Behind this, is the actual racism of low expectations and money making from shammers who are betraying Americans with dark skin in their schools.  

Understanding the genesis or origin of reduced vocabulary is helpful:   "The Negroes in Negroland; The Negroes in America..." by Hinton Rowan Helper is fascinating, disturbing, shocking, bizarre and helpful in both understanding culture and even the context of the writers and why reducing linguistic volume in the name of racial equality is destructive.  

This may shed light as to why someone like  Marva Collins is not praised while language that includes incessant repetition of vulgar references to human sexuality, both in speech and music, is upheld. This includes sexually explicit lyrics that Obama said were a good "role model" for his daughters.  

From there, go into deception and education standards today.  It is a rabbit hole of money which betrays education while cashing in from arbitrary and deceptive arguments.  The lens of statement analysis in education is powerful and the need acute.  

 "Ebonics" is the reverse of education:  accepting the ignorant, while supplanting the complex with the simple. 

 It literally turns back progress to languages with far fewer words.  When an analyst confronts a statement with a very limited dictionary and incessant repetition, the same repeated word, in context, can have opposite meanings.  Therefore, the sensitivity of repetition needs new context. This course shows how to discern patterns within repetition in order to get to the truth.  

In one statement, the analysts, using this technique, accurately identified the number of gun shots within a statement that appeared linguistically primitive.  The subject wrote, "boom, boom boom" repeatedly, in response to the question, "Tell us what happened..."  Counting the word "boom" alone would have failed to identify the actual number of shots fired.  

9.  Dhimmitude by Bat Ye'or.    I believe that in spite of her advanced age, she is going to release a 2017 edition of "Eurabia" through Gatestone Institute. Years ago, it looked prophetic, but now it reads like today's headlines.   She is a scholar of immense intellect and possesses  a courage that will inspire you.  

Analysts must study the core of religions from the perspective of ideology.  This helps answer behavior, language, and the secondary (and beyond) outworking of belief upon a people.  

You can and must learn why Islam creates violence and how enmeshed it is with deception. 

 You must separate ideology from people.  

You must understand the ideology and why politicians use "radical" Islam instead of "Islam."  

You can and must understand what "thou shalt not" and "do unto others" has impacted millions of people over centuries of time, whether or not they had personal belief.  

Look at it this way:  no "God" exists.  Zip.  Nada.  Nothing.  Therefore, what do societies produce who think that if they steal from their neighbor that they will have a negative experience after death, versus, what does society produce who believe there is no reckoning of right from wrong after one's death?  

Why does communism and its little sister, socialism, seek to eradicate faith, while demanding faith it itself? 

What is it within mankind that demands submission, worship and adoration?

Why does everyone have a 'god'?

You must see ideologies and consequences, both positive and negative, regardless of personal faith, and how it impacts language and behavior.  This is no insult to faith. 

In fact, many analysts report that the deeper they go in study, training and application, they either deepen in faith or discover faith.  

Why is this?  

In 2017, learn Islam and why Winston Churchill described it as "rabies of the mind" and why this ideology struggles with technological and societal advancement and why sexual abuse of children and adults is central to it.  

Did Churchill know Islam?  
Did he have any experiences with Islamists, or "Mohamadans" to have such an opinion?


You must be willing to be open minded at every turn, and religion, like politics, can be challenging.  See the interest in the Amanda Blackburn murder, via the comments.  Then, see some that are obsessed with it, projecting their own selves into understanding.  Learn how those, with presuppositions, "see" what they want to see in a statement but ask why. The commenting, itself, grants us an education into language and thought. 

10.  "Notes from the Underground " by Dostoyevsky --a series of short stories that helps give insight into human nature.   

11.  "Interrogations" by Richard Overy.  This is another repeat but it is also of value for analysis.  It covers the Nuremberg trials and gives insight into second language analysis besides more insight into how the human brain works to justify its murderous intent. 

"Why?" within analysis.

It is central to everything we do.  


Anonymous said...

Recently I read Up from Slavery by Booker T Washington. He was a great man. This book should be read by all in US public schools. He spent his time of life creating a solid foundation for blacks to develope and become the best, first, morally and in any craft or trade in the US. Compare this great man and his success lifting his people 'up' from slavery to the dark depths to which they've fallen. Most blacks IMO have never read the story, perhaps have never heard of him.

happyuk said...

Interesting point about those wishing to become effective statement analysts needing to be gullible. In these days of blatant untruths, spin and unfairness, that is quite a hard thing to be is it not? You absolutely need to become the fresh pair of eyes. I would hate to think my nature is no longer essentially trusting, but I fear I would probably need to undo years of accumulated scepticism and jadedness, if not outright cynicism in order to be effective in this subject.

Can I humbly add an item to this reading list - not a book but a BBC interview (Dan Roan, sports editor for BBC news) giving an fascinating insight into the mind of unreconstructed psychopath Lance Armstrong:

The interview proves that when it wants, the BBC can and does do good probing journalism that does not pull its punches in its line of questioning.

Lance Armstrong's responses are revealing, even to an novice like me. He has apparently learned nothing and exhibits no remorse for those he cheated and betrayed (I once bought his autobiography).

I have not had much time to digest all of it, but just his frequent references to "we" instead of first-person pronouns is interesting.

"What we all did in the trenches, we did. Nobody liked it, nobody saw it coming, but we all jumped in."

"We're sorry that we were put in that place"

"when my team-mates made that decision, when the whole peloton made that decision - it was a bad decision"

Jennla said...

Absolutely loved Gift of Fear and Gift of Fear for children and Teens.

Horse Chestnut said...

OT, obviously the mom had nothing to do with this accident but her comments to her little son struck me as odd, especially her focus on chastising the driver while her son was suffering.

Bingo said...

I hope you will do your top SA's for the year blog. I loved reading it last year!

Anonymous said...

Peter, Thank you for this reading list. I am highly interested in SA because I believe it works. I tell lies so I recognize myself in deceptive statements.

I believe SA is a real science. I'd like to help by continuing my comments here.

I've made poor judgements lately in what I've been posting about. Confessing to being a liar on a SA blog was a bad idea. Only one person defensively replied to my comment so far. I replied back to state my innocence but it was deleted. I replied again and the other was deleted. Only one remains but it's out of context. I'm sorry for assuming that you are deleting them.

I come to this blog for many reasons. It gives me the same relief as when I watch L&O:SUV; I feel a sense of closure when I see justice has been severed. This blog gives me hope that justice will be served. That the truth will rise above the deception.

I'm 46 years old. I only made it to the eighth grade. I am learning disabled and painfully ashamed of it,and acutely aware of it. My lack of formal education is a big lie that I've been carrying for my entire adult life. I have difficulty expressing myself because I have disorganized thinking. I'm hypervigilent and I like to be this way. From my experience, taking antidepressants reduces my hypervigilence. They cause suicidal ideation for me because I become apathetic.

I will continue to read archived posts here, and read the books you've recommended. I'll come back to comment again and stick to the topic at hand.
Thank you for this blog, Peter. It is my belief that it helps many people afflicted with trauma. Triggers and all. Triggers happen for a reason:to examine and release.

Everywhere I go is my classroom
Everyone I meet is my teacher