The Paradigm Shift in Deception Detection

Why would you want to go around trying to catch everyone one in a lie during your day-to-day conversations whether with friends, family, coworkers, victims, witnesses and of course suspects?

     How miserable of an existence would that be on our own psyche and attitude. No wonder cops can be so cynical and skeptical, this mindset dominates the way in which we look at and interact with the world in which we live. We come by it honestly, but why would we want to live with this view of the world.

     Have you ever thought about how many different ways we deceive one another? We receive one another with white lies, serious lies, concealment, falsification, embellishment, exaggeration, half-truths, minimization, by omission and bluff.

     How much more pleasant would it be if we just had conversation with people? Then if something didn’t resonate as truthful, then we could simply incorporate questioning strategies to help us evaluate the information that someone is sharing. Dynamic questions within our conversational style to determine: if the person misspoke; we misunderstood; the person was unwilling to share personal information; or if one of the many ways of deception was incorporated.

     With so many ways to deceive, how much effort would be required to detect all these different ways to deceive during a conversation? It’s exhausting. That is why it’s much more effective and accurate to evaluate truthfulness. With the proper conversational style and mindset, not only can you obtain an amazing amount of detailed, accurate truthful information: any means of deception will become more easily detectable.

     Researchers studying a group of individuals capable of detecting general, criminal and emotional deception over 80% of the time discovered that these individuals did not focus on detecting deception. They evaluated truthfulness. Four of these individuals were exceptional criminal investigators. With their conversational style and questioning strategies, all four are capable of detecting all forms of deception literally 100% of the time.

     Ironically, if you met one of these individuals on the street, you would have no clue they were some of the leading criminal interviewers in the country. They possess strong communication skills, highly skilled at rapport building, and took a genuine interest in you as a person. By the end of the conversation, you would have built a close bond and friendship with them. And, you would stunned at how much personal information you shared with them. Three were intelligence and undercover officers as well relying heavily on the same communication skills as used in their interviewing techniques.

      With the proper training and practice, virtually anyone is capable of detecting deception well above 50% of the time.