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.

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