Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Indians Are Back

The culture, level of education and native language of a person are considered when using statement analysis. Everything is important but how important these factors are? For example, a non-native English person may have difficulties to speak or write effectively and accurately in English. Is this person can trigger numerous false-positives? Unlikely!

The techniques used in statement analysis point out what a person is saying (or writing) because people mean exactly what they are saying. Therefore, statement analysis is not an interpretation of what a person is saying (see misconception).

There is no single clue or word to deceit, whether it is in statement analysis or in non-verbal behaviour. Deception is detected through its patterns. Furthermore, a non-native English person who has learned English brings his or her deceptive patterns with himself or herself and they will be reflected upon what he or she says or writes. The deceptive patterns may sometimes emerge in different manner than the ones in the person's native language but statement analysis does not require a baseline contrary to the analysis of non-verbal behaviour.

Statement analysis is effective even when a person has a perfect knowledge of a language and its grammar. In a similar fashion, a psychopath can have a perfect demeanour but this person will eventually betray himself or herself: in the case of non-verbal behaviour, emotions happening with a perfect timing is suspicious — such a person is better than world's best actors but is still an actor.

Excellent speaking or writing skills do not turn a person into an excellent liar. Lying is a craft in itself and requires extensive practice. However, the general population has very poor detecting deception skills — they detect deception and lies at 53%, which is no better than chance. The best liars are not trained to effectively lie to detecting deception experts.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Plausible Stories

Deceptive people tend to use plausible stories to convince others that they are truthful, explain situations, impress others, etc. A plausible story is a story of events that appears to be true but is partially or entirely false. Such a story is based on plausibility rather than facts. Most people conclude to their downfall that if it appears to be true, it is true.

For example, you have a pleasant conversation with a new acquaintance. You tell him or her more about you and he or she tells you more about himself or herself. A very pleasant conversation. You tell him or her that you fear heights. A little later or on a second rendez-vous, this new acquaintance tells you the he or she jumped in parachute 3 years ago. This is a great way to impress someone who fears heights or to tell that he or she is better than you (bragging).

Honest people tend to assume others are honest too. Most of us will never challenge allegations made by others. Showing great interest in a story and asking questions will help to determine whether a story is truthful or deceptive. Unfortunately, some among deceptive people are excellent at thinking-on-their-feet. Politicians are a great example. They are rarely caught off guards.
“Do you have pictures? I'd love to see pictures of you in parachute!”
“I'm so sorry! I was so excited that I forgot to ask for pictures.”
A plausible story is a powerful deceptive technique because most people will not verify the story and its facts. Moreover, many plausible stories are difficult to verify and this makes them more effective in deceiving others. Most honest people believe in “innocent until proven guilty” and expect to have hard evidence before calling someone a liar. Deceptive people know this and use it to their advantage.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

On Schedule

My articles are delivered on a schedule using Blogger Scheduler since May, 2010. Blogger Scheduler works absolutely fine! I have written and scheduled articles until September, 17th 2010.

I will be busy working on other projects than my blog but I will be returning in few months. Enjoy my articles in the meantime!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Accepting Donations

My family of products for RPG Maker XP and VX is an ambitious and challenging commercial venture. L10nTool + Deployment Utility were both available for sales but the price coming along was out of reach for most indie developers. Unfortunately, it was and is still not possible to offer lower prices considering the costs of development and subsequent maintenance.

This is why your donations will make a difference because it will allow continuous development of my family of products for RPG Maker XP and VX and eventually lowering its prices. Donations will also bring more RPG Maker related articles, programming tips and tutorials, and other goodies.

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