Can deeper perception help you to spot liars? I think so.
Deception detection is the theme of a three-part interview here with PETE, an expert in this field. So far two of these interviews have been posted. Then discussion at our online community shifted towards exploring today’s brain fog.
Mental fog (a.k.a. “Brain fog” or “Clouding of consciousness”) might lead to behaviors that cause you to suspect lack of honesty. Really it isn’t, necessarily. So I’m glad that our conversation on this topic (for now) ended on a note of compassion.
Before releasing the final interview segment in the series, have I got a treat for you, Blog-Buddies! Today I’m excited to share with you a guest post by PETE about the promise of aura reading — in contrast to watcher-friendly YouTubes and other pop culture versions of deception detection that may not quite fulfill their aims.
Pete’s thoughts follow. Again I thank him for coming up with the idea for our three-part interview. Below I will add headings and links and minor edits. Pete adds his expertise, important if you have wanted to spot liars. Or to detect other types of deception in your business and personal life.
When You Aim to Spot Liars, What Is Credible?
The following is based on my experience traveling the world assessing creditability.
First of all, I want to clarify that deductive body language interpretation and micro-expression analysis is useful for observational purposes as they can be used to assist in developing a hypothesis of an individuals intent when implementing a holistic approach.
They also assist with identifying patterns. For example, perhaps Mr. Smith always gives a micro-expression of fear when I ask confront him about a rather important issue. This gives me insight as to an area of questioning or conservation that is obviously concerning for him. It does not tell me what the problem actually is or why he is fearful.
This is the primary limitation. Some in the field will even use these repeated patterns to formulate a conclusion regarding the individuals underlying psychological issues that cause the person to react. However, in the end, it does not provide an overall assessment of the individual or why he is reacting. It is useful in identifying areas for additional investigation.
Deceit Isn’t Necessarily Obvious, Even to a Body Language Expert
One former FBI agent, who is identified as one of the worlds experts, commented that he has witnessed numerous times during interviews where the subject demonstrated a particular body language that would indicate deceit.
However he later found out that the behavior was tied to something else unrelated.
In one instance, a person being interviewed was nervous about not paying a parking meter that was running overtime during the interview, potentially causing the issuance of a fine. If body language was the only tool utilized, the person may have been falsely prosecuted based on this behavior.
This is where the primary limitation lies. It does not fully disclose who the person is. It is surface level at best, and only examines behavior as if this is the end game.
Using the approach of reading body language is not only dangerous in terms of misreading behavioral signs. It also does not address the assessment of the individual in depth. We simply need more information to accurate assess someones creditability and intent.
Unfortunately this limitation is rarely explored or discussed. Many professionals and trainers are quick to distance themselves from profiling or deeper analysis of the individual. With this approach, however how can we expect to truly understand someone without looking deeper?
This is where assessing the individuals aura comes becomes a vital component that is almost never discussed. Aura reading is often discounted as being irrelevant. Creditability assessments must engage all facets and sensory preceptors of the mind to ensure that we are not overlooking anything that may be conclusive in assessing creditability. Energy is a major component of this process and assessing it is vital to increase accuracy.
Why the Best Deceivers Escape Detection
The challenge with the traditional approach is that the best deceivers are often emotionless and experts at manipulating others. Using the traditional body language and micro-expression tools, they may remain undetected.
There is also a challenge to spotting micro-expressions and body language that relies primarily on visual capacity. Micro-expressions can easily be misinterpreted, or not observed, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the observer simply looked away for a split second and as a result, he or she miss eda micro-expression.
This is why assessing energy and achieving Energetic Literacy is so important. How many people are working next to a psychopath that they believe to be a good person because he plays that role perfectly?
The abilities of deceivers are truly amazing and should be taken seriously. For example, please review this YouTube about the notorious Ted Bundy. Although he gives away many signs of deception in his body language, his energy truly demonstrates his ill intent.
Without the additional of this concept, he may be able to deceive others who are trying to assess his body language.
His deception abilities were demonstrated throughout his successful killing spree.
It is interesting to note that he was supported by prominent politicians throughout the initial stages of his trail, who assessed him to be a good person and was considered to be an up and coming player in Washington State politics. This truly demonstrates the capacity of psychopaths to play their part.
In the game of good versus evil, we have no choice but to learn. Your life and mine may one day rely on our ability to read people deeper.