Statement analysis (R)(Registered Trademark of Mark McClish) assesses word selection and sentence construction within context of experiences and events. It is a given that we all speak from personal experience and interpretation of that experience.
An experience will be consistent as the event is played back from memory. It is hard, if not impossible to remain consistent when things are made up, embellished or told differently from actual events.
In general people will tell the truth or a version of the truth. Lying by omission is frequently used because you are telling the truth and leave out critical information. There is a good reason to avoid outright lies as they are verifiable. The speaker does not know what the listener knows either. Outright lies create tension which leads to recognizable behaviors such as fidgeting, pauses and sweaty palms e.g..
Statement analysis, according to Mark McClish, is the most accurate way of detecting deception. “People say exactly what they mean” and give themselves away constantly without realizing they do. Every word selected by the speaker has meaning and often an emotional value. This will show in their word and sentence construction.
I want you to think of five people. Did you notice that the list of people is in sequence of importance to you? We have a strong tendency to think and say what is most important to us first.
Consider these statements:
“My wife and I went to Europe on vacation”
“My vacation to Europe that I went to with my wife …”
From the perspective of importance, the first speaker is emotionally closer to his wife.
It seems innocent that “vacation” is mentioned first in the second statement, yet, it can be revealing to what was more important to the speaker. The vacation versus his wife.
JonBenét Ramsey was murdered on December 25 or 26th, 1996. The Ramseys denied involvement and claimed an intruder was the murderer. They did not do cooperate with Police yet, five days after the murder, they conducted a nationwide CNN interview.
CNN: “Why did you decide to talk now?”
JR: “we know that there’s many people praying for us, that are grieving with us. And we like to thank them.”
For JR to say “I like to thank for support” is apparently more important than finding the intruder. This is not just odd, it implies a lack of concern to find the intruder. Next question then is “Was there an intruder?” Place yourself in the shoes of a father who just lost his child through murder. What would you say?
CNN:”Mrs. Ramsey – you found the note. Was it a handwritten note, three pages?”
PR:” I didn’t – I couldn’t read the whole thing I – I just gotten up … etc.”
The question is whether it is a three page handwritten note. PR is not answering the question. She hesitantly says “I didn’t –“. Didn’t what?
The follow up sentence “I couldn’t read the whole thing” implies that she originally meant to say “I didn’t read the note” then corrected herself . Her story was she ran up the stairs in a panic after finding the note. "Why panic if you did not read the thing?” This misspoken sentence "I did not read the note" can also be interpreted as "I know already what the note says".
Many words are give aways. If I say “I started to make coffee”, the question is “did I make coffee?”.
The process of making the cup involves many steps and apparently I only “started” the process. It does not say whether I succeeded in my endeavor.
The word “really” is very interesting. A wife suspects a husband of infidelity and questions him by saying “did you sleep with ….?”. He replies with “that is not really what happened!” Would you believe him? It implies she was correct in gist, just not in detail.
Here is a sample of Mark McClish website. This is a great example:
"I was standing at the bus stop when a man approached me and asked me what time it was. The man then pointed the gun at me and told me to give him my wallet."
First he says “a man” and after he was identified “a man”(any man) became “the man” (the attacker). He continues to say “pointed the gun”, not “a gun” (any gun) but “the gun” (specific gun). This implies that the speaker identified “the gun” or, in his mind’s eye identified the gun prior to telling the story. In that case it is made up story.
Words betray. Remember that.
Marcel Elfers is a Trial Run Master Profiler™ through handwriting and statement analysis.
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