Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation ®: A Basic Guide – Updated!

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Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation ® A Basic Guide 2d ed.

Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation : A Basic Guide

2nd Edition of the FREE eBook has been released.

Interviewing and interrogation? What the latest information on the highly productive narrative-based methods? The popular Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation ®: A Basic Guide 2nd edition has just been released!

I’ve updated the entire guide from front to back! Students expressed an interest in a more robust guide. So I’ve added a lot of the new material that I have been teaching to bring the guide up to a more current review of the 5 – Day Science of Interrogation: Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation ® Level 1 & 2 course.

If you have only been able to attend the 3 – Day Mastering Narrative-Based Interviewing: Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation ® course, you’ll LOVE the 2nd edition! It has some preview material from the Level 2 course that we were unable to cover. If you attended the 5 – Day course then you like the ability to review key information.

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There is now 60+ pages of information on Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation whereas the previous edition only have 38. As a bonus, I have included 20+ photos of body language behavior making it easier to visual grasp the behaviors being described. Here’s more on the content:

Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation® A Basic Guide, 2d ed. What’s Inside

  • The 8 Practical Kinesic Principles to Help You Accurately Spot Deception
  • Understand the Significance of Changes in Voice Quality
  • Learn How Verbal Content is Interpreted Correctly
  • How You Can Recognize Your Subject’s Reaction / Response Behaviors
  • How You Can Deal with Your Subject’s Reaction / Response Behaviors
  • Discover How You Could Get 60% More Information using Narrative-Based Interviews
  • Uncover the Real Facts & Myths About Body Language & Deception
  • Learn About Ethical Techniques Used to Get Compliance, Cooperation, Admissions and Confessions.

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Interviewers and Interrogators: Why They Miss Lie Signs

Lie Signs and Hen’s Teeth

What Interviewers and Interrogators may be missing

For nearly 50 years there has been a fundamental belief that those people who commit the act of deception will exhibit a plethora of telltale non-verbal cues. Interviewing and interrogation courses have taught over five decades that fidgeting, grooming, hand wringing, sweating, breaks in eye contact and even eye movement were just some of the purported undeniable cues that someone was lying. Unfortunately the overwhelming results of empirical research on deception, has debunked a very large majority of non-verbal cues as reliable signs of deception.

Body Language Cues Are Not Working

Several empirical studies confirm that focusing on body language results in poor detection of deception. Lie signs that subjects may generate during interviewing and interrogation are apparently rare and very faint signals. This is most likely the very reason the majority of people including interviewers and interrogators tend to perform very poorly at spotting deception.

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Big Foot is alive and well! Not!

Peer reviewed research published by Aldert Virj has shown that people in fact do not generate what he calls “stereotypical signs” of nervousness behavior during their attempt to deceive. He found this to be true even though the individual may be experiencing a high level of “detection anxiety” or the fear of getting caught lying. Virj further found that investigators who focused primarily on the body language cues during interviewing and interrogation to spot deception developed a very strong “lie bias.” In empirical research, this is referred to as “confirmation bias.” This is especially true for the multitude of body language myths perpetuated in law enforcement academy training materials. If you think you’re going prove that Big Foot exists, then every single snapped twig or unusual noise in the woods is a sign that Big Foot is real.

Could Verbal Cues Be More Reliable?

When put to the test, in general interviewers and interrogators who focus more on speech cues for diagnosing deception perform better than those watching for the myth-based body language cues. However, another contributing factor to missing verbal cues to deception are the many myths about verbal signs of deception. Such cues as stuttering, stammering, stalling, “ah” “er” “um” and “uh”, laughing, voice pitch and many many more have been proven unreliable.

Hen’s Teeth and Lie Signs

It would appear that verbal and nonverbal signs of deception are quite rare. To complicate matters even more, they have a very short duration which overall makes them hard to spot. Ekman, et al and their work on micro expressions have overwhelming proved that point. The job of the interviewer therefore is cover topics thoroughly and perhaps even repetitively. If the interviewer or interrogator hopes to spot any signs of deception, then they need to focus more not only on what they hear but also ask questions that are very focused and will energize the subject’s efforts to maintain deception making the cues stand out. In other words, the better the questions and the more thorough the coverage the better chance the interviewer will have at spotting deception. Otherwise deception cues from a subject will be as rare as hen’s teeth!

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Hen's Teeth & Lie Signs | Tip #31 of 101 Interviewing and Interrogation Tips

Did Ryan Lochte Lie? If He Did, Then Why?

If Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen did in fact lie to Brazilian authorities and US Olympic security about being robbed at gun point last week, then a important question remains unanswered. “Why?”

“The Robbery?”

US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte along with three other US Swimmers reported last week that they had been robbed at gunpoint. Lochte and the other swimmers allegedly reported that they were all in a taxi that was pulled over by bandits posing as police officers. Lochte reported that they were all shown badges, that the bad guys were wearing police uniforms, pointed weapons at them ordering them to the ground. The group reported that their wallets and money was stolen by the robbers.

The Story Unravels

Brazilian authorities are questioning the statements provided by Lochte and the other victims. Investigators indicate that Lochte and the other victims identified as US swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Jimmy Feigen were unable to provide “key details” about the robbery and that in fact there was “little evidence” that the robbery did indeed occur. To complicate matter even more, although the victims claimed all their money and wallets were stolen, they were spotted later at the Olympic facility going through security checkpoint. At that time apparently all four were seen placing their wallets and money into plastic bins going through X-ray. Brazilian authorities have since order passports confiscated trying to prevent the athletes from leaving the country until the mater is resolved.

Why Victims May Lie

It is not unheard of for victims to withhold information or even outright lie about being victims. The big questions is “why would they do so?” There can be a multitude of reasons. To get attention, for money, for revenge, to punish someone else in some way, to cover up their own inappropriate behavior or activities and many, many more.

“But why would someone lie about such an event and risk getting caught,” you may ask? Liars tend to believe that they have worked out all the lies in their head and that they can successfully convince others to buy into the fabricated story. “Just give me a chance to talk and I’ll convince you to believe me.” Unfortunately for the liar, even the simplest and most rudimentary interviewing processes can uncover deception.

The Selfish Act of Lying

Remember lying ALWAYS benefits the liar first and foremost.

Reading Lochte’s comments, I am struck by the remark he makes in light of the robbery report included the report

“I definitely want a family of my own, and I love kids. “There’s no doubt in my mind that’s the route I want to take.”

What Could Be Lochte’s Motive?

My thoughts are that one of possible reasons Lochte MAY have choosen to lie, is to cover some activity that he thinks may endanger his image or goal of having a family. The comment he makes seems to be a little out of context with these events. Of course there could many, many other possible reasons. I suspicions are that Lochte’s cryptic remark” may be at the heart of the alleged ruse.

A Break in the Case

Time may tell about what REALLY happened during this reported robbery. In any case and for whatever the reason, at this point it appears that Lochte,

Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen. It is just a matter of time before someone comes forward or somebody tells the truth.

Just my opinion…

Stan B. Walters
“The Lie Guy®”

Interviewing Tip # 27 | Interviewing Victims and Witnesses | 101 Tips for Interviewing and Interrogation

Interviewing Victims and Witnesses

What we are missing in interviewing and interrogation training?

interviewing victims and witnesses Interviewing victims and witnesses is an absolutely critical element of the investigative process. More than one review of our currently training practices has noted that interviewing and interrogation courses focus heavily if not exclusively on interviewing suspects. In a prominent study conducted by the Rand Corporation many years ago, interviewing victims and witnesses was considered one of the most important activities that had a direct affect on the positive outcome of any investigation. Now, nearly 3 decades later we may still be short changing our investigators by not giving attention to this critical skill.

There is also a second disturbing aspect to training regarding interviewing victims and witnesses. The vast majority of the training courses focus heavily on the element of spotting deception in the victim or witness’s behavior. To complicate the situation even further even further, the great majority of verbal and nonverbal cues identified as deception have been proven wrong. Multiple empirical studies on the signs of deception ad shown that are very large majority of our interviewing and interrogation training programs are actually responsible of perpetuation of deception myths.

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Finally, if and when interviewing victims and witnesses is addressed in interviewing and interrogation training, there is very little focus f tactics that been proven to be effective. As a result, most victim and witness interviews are very cursory efforts and do very little in terms of ascertaining any important information that the victim or witness may possess. In fact, most tactics taught and used are counter-productive. The result is often statements that have been contaminated by the interviewer’s efforts. Those same tactics also do little gain cooperation and compliance from victims and witnesses nor take into account the strong emotional and cognitive reactions they may be experiencing.

Watch Interviewing Tip # 27 | Interviewing Victims and Witnesses of 101 Tips for Interviewing and Interrogation to Learn More.

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Tip # 26 | Tips for Recording Interviews | 101 Tips for Interviewing and Interrogation

Tips for Recording Interviews

What’s Holding You Back From Recording Your Interviews?

tips for recording interviews Are you recording your interviews? If not maybe you should be! The trend for recording interviews is growing on a national level. There is even some changes on the horizon for some federal agencies to start recording interviews. At last count 22 states are requiring some type of recording of police interviews and interrogations. More than 3000 agencies are reportedly also doing some recording. So what is it that is holding you or your agency back?

When asked about their experiences with recording interviews, the results were quite surprising! Almost every single agency said they would never give up the practice. Despite all the misgivings and concerns about law suits, exposed techniques, or even compromising the “tactics” being used in the interview room, the results have been remarkable. So maybe what is holding you or your agency back are some concerns about methods, procedures, recording devices and more.

Take a look at Tip # 26 of 101 Tips for Interviewing and Interrogation. This episode contains some tips for recording interviews. Many of these tips for recording interviews has come from agencies already using the process and have adjusted their methods, procedures and polices.

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