When a child fabricates reality, rather than be deceptive in a yes or no question, or via withholding information, the parents must take careful corrective steps as this can and will grow with each success.
This form of deception is rare and it is dangerous.
Jodi Arias was accused and convicted of murder of her boyfriend, Travis. She claimed that two others did it, and that she escaped with her life. This is a reposting of analysis done years ago. Det. (ret) Steve Johnson has done excellent work in Arias' handwriting analysis.
"I don't remember" In an Open Statement.
Arias: At that point, I...um...I sort of was just trying to come around and kind of orientate myself to what was going on," "And I looked up and I just -- I saw two other individuals in the bathroom. And they were coming towards us.
Q. What is Jodi Arias' linguistic disposition towards the killer of her boyfriend?
A. "Positive" is the Statement Analysis destination due to context. She did not push past the killer, but "him." This neutral word is "Positive" in the absence of expected animosity, fear, loathing, etc. He is not even the "gunman" but only "him."
This is not coming from experiential memory.
She has a "positive linguistic disposition" towards the killer: herself.
Arias : They were both taller than me, um...they were covered -- their hands, their gloves -- they had long-sleeved shirt on. They were in all black. He was wearing jeans. But they all -- they had ski masks on and I believe they were there to kill him, um...because they didn’t take anything...to my knowledge, there was nothing missing from the house.Please note that the word "covered" entered her statement in a broken sentence. Later, "covered" (short, brief) became "ski masks" (longer, detailed) reversing the natural law of economy. This is another indication that her words are not coming from experiential memory.
Broken sentences mean missing information.
Please note that "covered" as well as being covered, blankets covering, towels, clothes, etc, when it enters a statement should lead the investigator to learn if sexual activity or abuse took place, or if PTSD is part of the subject's profile.
Note the description has the feel of story building,
1. Taller than me.
3. Their hands
4 Their gloves (broken sentence)
5. They had long sleeves on.
6. They were dressed in black.
7. He, one individual (not a couple) had jeans on. (note the word "all" as ill-fitting)
It only only the 8th description that the ski masks are mentioned. This not only gives the feel that it just came to her to add this in, but order represents something; priority, importance, chronology, proximity, and so on: it has meaning.
To say ski masks as the 8th thing noticed is, to say the least, unexpected. Two "individuals" in ski masks would be a striking, frightening image and it is likely that it would be the very first thing you would mention, not the 3rd, or 4th, and certainly not the 8th.
This is deceptive.
Next, note the word "because" as sensitive (see above).
*note next the qualifyer "to my knowledge" and the sensitivity of repetition about "nothing" missing from the home...it is qualified as such so that later, if need be, she can say, "well, I did say 'to my knowledge' didn't I?"
Something someone running for her life (while grabbing her purse) from individuals intent on murder, would not likely do: take inventory of the home's belongings.
She is lying.
She fabricates reality in bringing two actors into her story and the language is useful for study, especially in understanding how difficult it is to tell a lie.
When information is being fabricated, the recall is not imprinted upon the brain until the story is told over and over. The awkward sense of presentation, including the reversal of the law of economy, is often picked up intuitively.
Beyond the language of fabrication, we have a fascinating psycho-linguisitc profile that emerges; one that may be of surprise to some.
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