Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Adam Lanza: Some Initial Thoughts

We've been here before, different setting, different victims.  

A young man isolated at a crossroads of his life where he should be moving into adulthood.

I think what is important here are the differences.

Some things I find interesting:
  • No note or "manifesto" in fact he spent a large amount of energy and time destroying hard drives.What did he want to hide from "us" when the dust settled.
  • Why kill the mother.  Usually when someone kills the mother, it is because they blame the mother for their current situation or past injustices.  This is obviously not the case, because he moved onto the school for more victims.
  • Why kill the kids?  School shootings are usually directed against peers who the gunman felt deserved it.
  • How several of the shots where take at close range to be sure the victim was dead.
  • Visit to the school on a different date before the killing spree.
What doesn't add up:
  • Suicide.  It would make sense that this was a mission that he knew would end in his death either from his own hands or from the police.  Why would he stop killing when he heard the sirens, wouldn't he want to inflict more pain?  
  • Why his mother, then the children.
  • Visit to the school on a different date before the killing spree.
  • How much attention the police have spoken about evidence from the hard drive.  It is obvious Adam Lanza was hiding something.
Now I normally have some statements to analyze, or footage from old home movies, or from people involved.  I do not have any of these in this case.  

What I have is a theory based on the actions of the shooter and statesmen analysis from the police statements that I have heard.

It is likely his mother was not the source of his violent rage.  He could have killed her and then killed himself. Why target innocent children and why visit the school earlier in the week. It could be he made a name for himself, become notoriously famous, but why not leave some sort of note or message to prove to the world how evil he is? It is a small community, we have heard it over and over, but did you know that 4 of the children lived within a one mile radius of the killer.  It is close knit, but it is a community  where none of the roads are perfectly straight even Main Street moves different angles- it is spread out. One child was his neighbor.  Remember where you heard this first:  It is plausible some sort of altercation or relationship existed between the shooter and one of the children killed.  It is possible if this would have become public it would have lasting effect on his and his mother's life.  It is possible Adam Lanza felt this was the only way out.

What was Adam Lanza hiding?  Investigators find this out, you find the motive and have a clear idea why...


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Paul Ekman: the Science of Compassion


Friday, December 7, 2012

Deception Can be Perfected

EVANSTON, Ill. --- With a little practice, one could learn to tell a lie that may be indistinguishable from the truth.

New Northwestern University research shows that lying is more malleable than previously thought, and with a certain amount of training and instruction, the art of deception can be perfected.
People generally take longer and make more mistakes when telling lies than telling the truth, because they are holding two conflicting answers in mind and suppressing the honest response, previous research has shown. Consequently, researchers in the present study investigated whether lying can be trained to be more automatic and less task demanding.

This research could have implications for law enforcement and the administering of lie detector tests to better handle deceptions in more realistic scenarios.

Researchers found that instruction alone significantly reduced reaction times associated with participants' deceptive responses.

They used a control group -- an instruction group in which participants were told to speed up their lies and make fewer errors, but were not given time to prepare their lies -- and a training group, which received training in how to speed up their deceptive responses and were given time to prepare their lies. In the training group that practiced their lies, the differences between deceptive and truthful responses were completely eliminated.

"We found that lying is more malleable and can be changed upon intentional practice," said Xiaoqing Hu, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in the department of psychology at Northwestern.

Hu said they were surprised that even in the instruction group, members who were not given time to prepare their lies and told only to try to speed up their responses and make fewer errors were able to significantly reduce their deceptive response reaction time.

"This was really unexpected because it suggests that people can be really flexible, and after they know what is expected from them, they want to avoid being detected," Hu said, noting the findings could help in crime fighting.

"In real life, there's usually a time delay between the crime and interrogation," said Hu. "Most people would have time to prepare and practice their lies prior to the interrogation." However, previous research in deception usually gave participants very little time to prepare their lies.

Lie detector tests most often rely on physiological responses. Therefore, Hu said further research warrants looking at whether additional training could result in physiological changes in addition to inducing behavior changes as observed in their study.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Post photographer defends taking photo of subway victim: ‘No way I could’ve rescued’ him

This is a highly stressful interview, and the photographer is nervous  see his adam's apple bounce as the interview begins.

Several times he shows the micro expression of sadness when saying the name of the victim.  This tells me the photographer is not a sociopath who was thinking clearly of capturing the images of his personal gain.

He speaks freely throughout the interview, only one time does he have to stop to think what to say.

He does look from one interviewer to the other whenever he is saying anything where he is attempting to defend is actions- he is making sure he is being well received.

Matt says he is going to ask a direct question (good move in interviews) but goes on and on in asking the question, we'd have more to judge if it would have bee a simpler question like, could you have done anything to save him.

He does attempt on several occasions to shift blame to those closer to the man.  If the person who pushed the man on the tracks was walking towards him, he'd likely be scared and would not do ANYTHING to incite the dangerous person.

I believe him.  If he was lying about attempting to signal the conductor, or doing more to help the man, you'd expect to see hot spots.  What we see is natural and expected from a body language and facial expression standpoint.  The only thing we have to go on is the words he chooses, and if he could have helped the man he would be likely show mocked frustrated and anger by the questions.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Suri Cruise Shows Contempt with an Eye Roll


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Paul Ekman: Hacking Your Emotional Database


Friday, November 2, 2012

Metal in Halloween Candy: Which one faked the discovery?

I find it pretty obvious, my quick thoughts are in the comments section of this post.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Updated: Missing 12 Year Old Girl From Clayton, New Jersey Parents Speak

Her body was found last night.  Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the community.

I see no deception or hot spots from her father in the below video.  You can tell her father is speaking freely and has nothing to hide.

Missing 12 Year Old Girl From Clayton, NJ - Autumn Pasquale: Reported Missing Sunday October 21, 2012. IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS TO HER WHEREABOUTS, CONTACT THE CLAYTON POLICE DEPT AT 856-881-2300

Police are searching for a missing girl from Clayton, New Jersey. 

Police say Mising 12 year oldAutumn Pasquale, 12, was last seen leaving her home on W. High Street in Clayton on Saturday around 12:30 p.m. while riding a white Odyssey BMX bike to a friend's house. The girl's parents called police after they say she never made it to that friend's house.

"It's not like her," said the girl's father, Tony Pasquale. "She would have been home 11 o'clock this morning if she slept over a friend's house."

Police say Pasquale may have been spotted at an unknown time on E. Academy Street near Scotland Run Park in Clayton though this has not yet been confirmed.

Late Sunday night, hundreds of neighborhood volunteers met at a nearby church and passed around fliers. Police announced the search for the girl will continue through the night. The Clayton Police Department, Child Abduction Response Team, New Jersey State Police, the FBI and officers from 40 other police departments are all taking part in the search. Police say a cell phone tower in Williamstown was the last to pick up a signal from Autumn's phone. Investigators believe her phone is now either off or has run out of power.

A family representative told volunteers to stay out of the woods so bloodhounds could try and pick up the girl's scent.

"People have been out searching all day everywhere," said Michelle Connell of Clayton. "All over town, every little park, railroad parks and school buildings. Every place we can think of." 

The girl is described as a white female, standing 5-foot-2 and weighing 120 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair in either a pony tail or bun. She was last seen wearing navy blue shorts underneath navy blue sweatpants, a yellow t-shirt with the words "Clayton Soccer" on front, bright blue high-top sneakers and a silver or light Grey Cinch backpack with the word "Reckless" printed across the back.

"She's a good kid," said Connell, who's daughter is friends with Autumn. "She's a sweet girl. Everyone is upset."

"Everyone's working together to try and find her," said Tony. "We love her and we want her to come home."

If you have any information on the girl's whereabouts, please call the Clayton Police Department at 856-881-2300.


Body Language Expert Tonya Reiman analyzes the Second Presidential Debate

Body language does matter and both candidates are coached on how they use their body language.


Friday, October 19, 2012

UPDATED: Missing Woman, Whitney Heichel's Husband's Laughs at News Conference

At 1:39 see him laugh, hide his laugh with his mouth, and then cry without tears.

Now, there is such a thing as inappropriate laughter that can appear when a person is under immense stress (like a funeral)- but it is not followed immediately us by a huge negative emotion, like we see here in the form of sadness and crying.  When we experience emotions, chemicals are released in our brains and bodies.  These chemicals  are used to regulate the body, they cannot turn as quickly as we see here.

I'm reminded of the late comedian Patrice O'Neal when he talked about a husband wouldn't be "emotional" when his wife turned up missing...

Whitney Heichel was scheduled to work a 7 a.m. Tuesday shift at an East Gresham Starbucks on Northeast Burnside Road, but never showed up. The coffee shop is a two-minute drive from the apartment she shares with her husband, Clint Heichel.

The search for missing barista Whitney Heichel, 21, came to a close Friday night when police found her body and arrested a neighbor in connection with her death.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pres Debates: Round 2

Alert: We are in the process of analyzing the full transcript of this debate; we will be able to report who uses more positive and negative language and many other signals that speaks to the core of their inner linguist/intelligent styles.  Who is focusing on the past and who is focusing on the future?◦

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Joseph Tecce Explains Body Language and Blinking during the Presidential Debates


Monday, October 15, 2012

Boston College Psychology Professor and Expert on Lying Joseph Tecce


Friday, October 12, 2012

Twitterverse abuzz over Biden’s Body Language in Debate

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

With more than 4 million tweets sent during vice presidential debate, TODAY takes a look at how viewers — and celebrities — are responding to Joe Biden’s body language across the Twitterverse.

Biden’s body language positively smacked down GOP nominee Paul Ryan as well. another media outlet claimed.


FBI asks for help in Case of Missing Colo. Girl, Jessica Ridgeway

Police and FBI in Westminster, Colo. are asking the public's help in reporting anything out of the ordinary with members of their community as they search for suspects in the disappearance of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.


Haunted House Fear, Surprise, and Happiness Expressions

Notice the eyes, some are wide open in fear, others are closed to avoid seeing the object that scares them.

Notice their posture, many turtle, making themselves as small as possible.


Tonya Reiman Analyzes Ahmadinejad & The Obamas


The data revealed significantly fewer instances of ‘um’ in deceptive speech.



Thursday, October 11, 2012

What Your Sitting Style Says About You

Ever wonder how some people just seem to exude power and confidence? According to Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy, it's all in the way you sit and stand.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Updated: Missing 10 year old, Jessica Ridgeway Parents Interviewed

The parents of a missing Colorado girl say they're devastated by her disappearance. Sarah Ridgeway and Jeremiah Bryant say they will never stop looking for 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. (Oct. 9)

There is not enough footage for me to determine anything at this point.  The father is without a doubt showing strong emotions, even shows the micro  expression of contempt when mentioning work.

I would like to see more video of the mother speaking, please put links in the comment section or email me directly using the link below.
Update: Colorado police who have been searching for a missing 10-year-old girl since Friday said they found a body in the vicinity of where the girl went missing. As of Thursday morning, police were unable to confirm that the body belongs to Jessica Ridgeway. The body was found in Pattridge Park Open Space late Wednesday near an abandoned mining shack, KDVR.com reported.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/11/police-say-believe-missing-colorado-girl-was-abducted-are-confident-parents-not/#ixzz28ziHBo8I

I do find certain statements made by the mother odd, but I do not see true hot spots   What does this mean?  Well there are areas that need to be cleared up before I can make a determination.  Odd statements (paraphrased) include when she says it is every parents worse nightmare, and no parent should go through this.  When she says this it is like the nightmare is over, yet she is saying this in the middle of the nightmare?!?!?  In some weird way she is "marketing" to the fears of the viewers- instead of simply being in her horrible situation.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What Did The Candidates Body Language Say?

Tons of articles and video concerning the last Prez debate, this one is the best of the bunch.  Concise and simple. Sindy Martin looks at the candidates gestures during the debate to explain what they may mean.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

Three former CIA officers—among the world’s foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.

As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.

Through fascinating anecdotes from their intelligence careers, the authors teach readers how to recognize deceptive behaviors, both verbal and nonverbal, that we all tend to display when we respond to questions untruthfully. For the first time, they share with the general public their methodology and their secrets to the art of asking questions that elicit the truth.

Spy the Lie is a game-changer. You may never read another book that has a more dramatic impact on your career, your relationships, or your future.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Tonya Reiman Analyzes Paul Ryan


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

TedTalks: Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tonya Reiman analyzes Arnold Shwarzenegger


Monday, October 1, 2012

Political Debates, Analysis of MA Senate Debate could Help You with the Upcoming Pres Debates

Part Two

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Video: Man in blue hoodie 'ran after Jill on night she disappeared' via @independent_ie

Video: Man in blue hoodie 'ran after Jill on night she disappeared' via @independent_ie

Watch the video without reading the story.  See what you can tell.  I will post in the comments what I learned.◦

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

President Obama's Big Hand Shrug When Being Picked up on Campaign Trail?

Scott Van Duzer, Ft. Pierce Restaurant Owner, Lifts Obama Off Feet With Bear Hug


Friday, September 7, 2012

Sadness at Baseball Game

So I just posted a video about the Chick-Fil-A incident that was hard to watch.  This video is almost harder to watch, but has a happy ending and took me out of the funk I was in from the last post.

Look at the sadness...


Quickest Way to Body Language Mastery: Watch this Video ‘Verbal Ambush’ of a Chick-fil-A Employee

Watch this video ten times.  You will have to turn the sound off eventually. What we see is a Chick-fill-A employee under extreme stress where every facial expression and gesture maters.

I would suggest watching the video at least once without reading on.

See how she is removing the hair from around her ear.  We can do this for a couple of reasons: to draw attention to her hair, she is hearing something she does not like.

The hand movement is because there is a small bug in her personal space, it moves close to her mouth and she blows air out to get the bug away.  We all do this to avoid eating bugs.

Notice how quickly the smile leaves her face.

When she says, "she disagrees." she leans forward.  This is a sign that she really believes what she is saying, she is not "shying away" from her statement.  Even though when she first starts speaking we see a little shoulder shrug.

She licks her bottom lip (pacifying), notice when she speaks her blink rate is irregular (part of it is eye blocking, slow blink followed by quick blink rate). We blink faster under stress.

Notice the lip purse, this is a serious sign that she could say something but is showing constraint.  She is "locking" down her mouth.

Next we see a head shrug, she dips her head to her right quickly.  Shrugs are a sign of being unsure.

Notice how she gestures with her hand, this is combination of a hand stop (because we see a great deal of palm) and hand sweep, she is trying to dismiss this conversation.

Then notice when she says my personal beliefs she places her hand on her heart this is a sign of sincerity.

Head nod yes.

Large exhale, this is a really big sign of stress. She does this several more times throughout the confrontation.

Another pacifying lip lick.

Notice when she is asked how she could live with herself another lips purse.

Notice up to this point she never takes her eyes of the customer.  We do this when in any type of confrontation (physical or verbal), when she does divert her eyes it is to look down and to the right, looking in this direction is sometimes done when we are thinking using our "logic" part of our brain.

Then notice the series of subtle micro expressions, first of sadness, then anger- both in her eyes when he continues to talk.  If you do not see it you may want consider micro expression training. Information about this is on the right hand side of this page.  This was not the first time she has shown the subtle micro expression of anger.

When she says, "We are happy to serve..." she is raising her hand, palms facing upward.  This is a gesture that shows honesty.

Another lip purse.

She cannot turn away from this customer quick enough.

Notice when he continues to talk, she how disappointed she is with her exhale.

Then look at the other employee enter the video from the bottom left, huge happiness and joy expression on her face!

Followup to the content of this video, there is a HUGE amount of dislikes compared to likes.  People hated to see this employee bullied while trying to do her job. Adam Smith, who filmed himself haranguing a polite drive-thru worker then placing the video online was fired from his position as the Chief Financial Officer of a Tucson-based medical supply company, Vante. The CEO of the company called now-former CFO Adam Smith's rant disturbing and inappropriate.  It is refreshing when there are consequences to being too politically correct and rude.

The learning continues.  She is a very expressive person.  The below video is the only video I could find of this employee being interviewed about this incident.  Watch her closely when they play part of the rant, she emotionally relives the experience.  This is common with "victims" and when there is a lack of this in a police situation, where a crime is being reported and no witnesses, it is a hot spot.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Breaking News: Paul Ryan's Marathon Lie

He had me until he felt the need to add, "...I did it when I was younger."

He felt to need to add and prove his fact.  This is not confident behavior.  Made even more so because he felt the need to talk over the interviewer- He really needed to make the point...◦

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Clint Eastwood Asked to Speak at the Democratic Convention?

Asked to give the same speech, Dem's just want a different color chair...

I'm not political at all.

From a perspective of ideas important to the content of this site:

  • Notice (before he starts talking to the chair) his tongue and lip licks.  After the second one he performs a tongue jut which is a sign that he has gotten away with something...
  • Notice when he touches his face (target date), this is pacifying...
Why was the speech so poorly received?  Statement analysis show a HUGE amount of ums and ahs.  At some level these words state the speakers level of self confidence, self image, and credibility.  

We use these words when we need to, and we most often need to use them when we are unsure of what we should say next.  

We use them in one-on-one conversations so the other person cannot "jump" into and steal the conversation.  

In this setting we can see he is searching for the words, he doesn't want to get to the 'punch line" too quickly.   We can also tell his level of preparation: he smoothly delivers the main talking points, but did not practice how to get there out loud- Everything seems so much better in the mind than out loud.


Chris Light's Death a Suicide: We Could Have Seen it Coming?

We never know how someone is going to deal with a little adversity, and when you are dealing with a great deal of adversity we for sure don't know. Divorce and IRS debt being the biggest of worries for Chris...

We'd expect to not see the happiest guy in the world.  If you take a look at pictures over time you can see differences: BET's Photo show.

What we see is a guy who (obviously) show less and less smiles to the point where he never is displaying a real smile, but what you will notice is he uses his arms less and less.


Friday, August 31, 2012

Winona Ryder at the Venice Film Festival Showing Surprise or Fear

This is an unique picture and one that people who have received advanced training would find interesting.  Eyes are showing either fear or surprise, at which point we need to look at the forehead and mouth.

Trained people do all their looking in split seconds.

Trained people would know this expression is 'faked' because all parts of the face are not matching, which we would not expect given the  high level of movement in her facial muscles.

Further explanation: If it was fear we'd likely see some worry lines in the forehead  and if it was fear you'd not see a slight smile- could be surgery?!?!  If it was surprise the lips would be less stressed.

What one picture does not tell us is that this was her expression during most of the red carpet walk.◦

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Charlie Rogers Alleged Victim of a Hate Crime

http://youtu.be/Hom-VLfDv4U to watch the video.

She is showing true emotion, but with any emotion we can not know what is causing the emotional response.

When you watch this video look for the following hot spots:

  • Where is she most emotional? most animated?
  • Watch when she points to her stomach, where a word was carved into her flesh.

Things that are curious:

Three is a liars number.  

"...pawn in a game that isn't my game...didn't ask for this, didn't want it..." -why is she calling it a game? Why do we never see anger from her?  If I was a victim I would expect to see anger directed towards her attackers and everybody not believing her.

"...people are people and agendas are agendas..." -what would be an agenda of someone who is accusing her of making up the story?  I think 99.95% of people are against hate crimes of any sort.

"I was hurt, what maters is the story." -then she shows happiness which is the wrong emotional response given the situation.  The "story" is what she once again is more concerned about. 

"This is an investigation, this is a crime." - True on all levels.  Once again, the statements that are ironic no mater if being truthful or dishonest are a hot spot in my book; especially when it is said with such confidence.

"Ignites fires, that is a good thing in some ways." -Once again we see certain words and themes that raise red flags.  Agenda. Ignite fires- or rather ignite discussion.  Story.

We hear her use "other victims" on a couple of occasions, but we never hear her say that her attackers must be caught.  She is more concerned about other victims and it is implied that that it would be different attackers.

She wanted this story to be her 'platform' for some sort of reform or she was strictly seeking attention. Cutting oneself is a cry of help- it is an outward wound that signifies the pain from within.

She was charged with false reporting of a crime...


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Angriest Babies


Friday, August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France Titles, gets life ban from cycling


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Research: Lying's "Telltale Cluster"

 This “telltale cluster” of nonverbal signals associated with lying are: hand touching, face touching, crossing arms, and leaning away.

 According to recent research at Northeastern,  MIT and Cornell.

Probably a pretty good "Cheat Sheet" for the layman: See three of the above the percentage is very high you have a scoundrel.


Babies, Facial Expressions, and Gestures- The Blossom Method

 London, August 9 (ANI): Every baby uses signals to communicate and it is simply up to parents to learn how to interpret every gurgle, giggle and facial expression, an extraordinary new book has claimed.

In the 'Blossom Method', psychotherapist and body language expert Vivien Sabel claims that every expression an infant makes can be interpreted so parents can tell if their baby is hungry, happy, upset, windy, wants to play or needs a cuddle.

"All those adorable little shapes a baby makes with her mouth, tongue, lips, eyes and brows are far more than something for us to coo over, it's their way of trying to tell us what they need," the Daily Mail quoted her a s saying.

Vivien observed hundreds of babies during six years of research for the book - including her own daughter, the Blossom whom the book is named after - during which time she developed a three-pronged principle - observe your baby's facial expression, mirror it back to them to show them that you understand what they're saying, then respond by providing what it is they're telling you they need.

While her ideas may sound a little far-fetched, there may be something behind them. According to child development experts, babies start to communicate long before they try to form their first words, which is typically from seven months old. "A child is ready to communicate from birth," Clare Bolton, of the National Literacy Trust, said.

"They will amaze you with how quickly they use movement, facial expressions and noises to try to communicate; it's simply a case of reading the signs," Bolton said. While everyone can read emotions in other peoples faces or body language - to varying degrees - Vivien says that we don't fully utilise these signs. "Within days of having Blossom in 2004, I realised that everything from the furrow in her brow to the little shapes she made with her mouth and the different ways she moved her tongue were actually her way of trying to tell me what she needed," Vivien said.

"I watched Blossom closely and began to see patterns to these movements that linked to whether she was hungry, about to fill her nappy, was tired, windy or needed affection. I knew not just if Blossom was hungry, but how hungry she was simply by how far and how fast she moved her tongue.

"When she was going to have a wee or a poo, her tongue would protrude in a pointed fashion, so I'd get a clean nappy ready.

"If she had wind, I'd see it in the fullness of her bottom lip. As soon as I saw the signs, I could get straight on with winding her rather than her becoming distressed, mirroring her expressions so she understood that I was going to help her. "The mirroring back part came through instinct. I wanted to tell her that I knew what she was saying by speaking her language, just as I always have with Mum. "You don't need a degree to read these signs, just the capacity to study your baby's face," she added.

Vivien's own non-verbal communication skills were strongly developed in childhood as her mum was born deaf, so even as a toddler Vivien had to read the subtle variations in her body language and facial expressions.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Don Khoury Examines Obama and Romney


Monday, August 6, 2012

McKayla Maroney of the United States Shows Contempt in Medal Ceremony

McKayla Maroney of the United States stands on the podium with her silver medal during the medal ceremony following the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Vault final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Victims

From a survivor and gun control advocate who put down his newborn baby and left his girlfriend and two children in the theater, got in his truck and drove away from the theater.
You can see it is faked emotion on the part of man, no tears, no ebbs and flows of emotion. He proposed to his girlfriend later that night, likely out of extreme guilt for his actions- she said yes.

Watch her body language and expressions throughout the interview. It is obvious what she is feeling and thinking.

Contrast the previous video with the below video of the man who saved her and her kids life.

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I offer these videos from television interviews to the readers of this blog with certain reservations.  I think what happened is terrible and no one should have had to go through what those people in the theater did.  There is only one person responsible for what occurred that night.  Everyone in that theater suffered. No one deserved any of this.  Everyone was a victim.  These videos offer us an opportunity to see the heighten emotions and expressions of people who have experienced an highly traumatic event.  They are a very good learning tool, especially for first responders, police officers, medical personnel, and all of us that interact with people who have experienced a traumatic event. ◦

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Timely FBI Bulletin: Focus on Psychopathy

With articles on:

An Important Forensic Concept for the 21st Century 

The Predator

Looking Behind the Mask
Implications for Interviewing Psychopaths

Case Study
No More Bagpipes
The Threat of the Psychopath

The Language of Psychopaths
New Findings and Implications for Law Enforcement 


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How the Media Should Handle Their Coverage of Mass Murders


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

President Obama Rejected on Kiss Cam

Do we see the first lady shaking her head no while showing disgust?  What's up with that?◦

Monday, July 9, 2012

Did Youth Hockey Coach Trip teen on Ice?

I think it is pretty obvious, what is interesting is the dominant gesture the coach displays by pointing his finger at the boy after regaining his balance.  This is not something where he is saying, he tripped.  If the boy tripped there would be some confusion on the part of the coach as to what happened- Soon-to-be charged coach. Former coach. Shameful coach.

It is also interesting how everyone there knew it was a dominant act done by a man against a boy. Class act.  Broken wrist by someone behind the boy. Should be charged, his clear actions cause bodily injury to a minor.  

Unfortunately, it doesn't list the name of the coach, who I feel should never be trusted about anything, ever again. Someone who would do this, would do about anything given the opportunity, and his obviously uncontrollable emotion, or knowledge of what is right and wrong.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Picture of the Week: Win or Lose?

Try to identify all the different emotions and facial expressions and gestures in this picture...


I Need Your Help: Sex offender Brandon Scott Lavergne arrested in case of missing Louisiana college student Mickey Shunick

Could you please find any video or pictures (not arrest photos) of Brandon Scott Lavergne and share with me.

Many times these cases rely on evidence and strong police work; Previous criminals are the best at lying, therefore any statments or video/pics that could be used to create a baseline would be helpful.

The circumstances are a nightmare for the parents, family and friends- it is about to become worse, this story is about to break on the national scene.◦

Thursday, July 5, 2012

TROTWOOD -- Trotwood Police are looking for a woman who's been missing for nearly a month.Her name is Julie Earley. She is 50-years-old and is a type one diabetic, and needs her medication, which family members say she has not had since she's been missing.

I have a unspoken rule not to comment on open cases unless I see a series of hot spots.

"Something has happened to her it's what I believe," said Cregg Earley, Julie's husband.

People close to a missing person normally out hope that everything is okay.  Why would he believe something happened to her instead of her just going away, especially since he later implies that it is a possibility that it would be okay if she is with another man.  Notice how when he is "hiccup crying" how he holds his gaze on the reporter?  You know the myth about eye contact and eyes, this is a clear case where is is watching the  reporter to see if he is being believed.  Also notice the micro expression of a subtle smile before lowering his gaze, and then the conscious downturn of his lips in a frown.

He last saw her on May 21."I've been her caregiver for over three years, I've clothed her, bathed her there's something not right," he said.

He is attempting to convince us that since he has done all these things for her, that he would not be capable of doing something to her.  "...something not right..."  

Trotwood Police are now searching for her. They and her husband are hoping someone will recognize her and call police.

"I love my wife, I'd do anything for her, always have, I don't know what else to do," said Cregg.

He doesn't know what else to do? There are a million things to do, fliers, more interviews with the media... He is explaining why he isn't do anything else...

Once again, he is trying to convincing us.  Plus the crying- no tears. rubbing the cheeks.

He says the last time he saw his wife, it was after he had a fight with their son."I informed my wife that I didn't want him here for Memorial Day weekend," he said, "We got into an argument but it wasn't that big of an argument to that degree."

"... that big of an argument... to that degree." if it wasn't that big of an argument why mention it in this way, why not say we didn't agree about her son coming over.  Why say fight instead of argument, there is a difference especially  given the circumstances.

He says he later came home, and she was gone. 

Why did he leave? Where did he go? He does not explain this and there is a gap between having the fight, him leaving, him returning, and she being gone...

He noticed some of her medication was missing, and six-thousand-dollars in cash. 

Okay, six thousand dollars in cash?!?! There is currently only a $500 reward for information about her and her return.  Where did $6000 come from, why in cash. Why imply that she left on her own.  Why "some" of her medicine and not all of it- that doesn't make sense either.

But he doesn't believe she left on her own because they just bought their home in January, her clothes are in her closet, and her family photos are still on the shelf."

The logic here doesn't make any sense, in one sentence imply she left on her own, the next say she didn't leave on her own... who did she leave with? Really clothes and pictures? Now the logic flow is that she'd want to leave him on her own and would be reasonable move out and take all of her belongings... 

My wife wouldn't have left her pictures and she left all her pictures and didn't take them," Cregg said, "Even if she left me for another man at least I know she's OK."

Obviously, the intelligence level of the "suspect" is helping all of us understand what is going on here...  

This is an interesting case from the police's standpoint.  How do you confront about the inconsistencies in his statement?  Well, on three occasions he skirts and speculates that bad things happened to her; these are hot spots and whenever I hear things that could be very true if something bad happened to her it is time to encourage his "speculation"  by asking him questions like, "if something bad happened to her where would she end up?" Relying on his intuition and  intimate knowledge of the victim (and likelihood that he had something to do with it) he would continue to give clues.  I have heard statements from people that actually say things like they need to expand the search area.  You could also imply that we cannot put this behind us all until we have closure and find her, alive or dead. Until that point there will always be questions and her family asking questions- you'd be amazed how often something is remembered- "she always like going hunting with me down by the river..."  The goal of someone who committed a crime is to get out of the crossfire as quickly as possible, whereas if someone had nothing to do with it they would want to remain in the mist of the situation seeking both answers and justice for their loved one. Of course the police would play to his level and act like there is ,and was, no way he'd have anything to do with this- "I can tell you cared about her, and cared for her over the last years with her health problems.  Work with us, be on our team, help us think through all this, brainstorm with us..."


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey: Review From My Prospective

I tried to avoid this book, even though it seemed every women I knew was reading it.  Because I work in publishing they were asking me about the book.  I finally picked it up for the kindle and read it.  There are some interesting things from a body language and psychology prospective.  Most importantly there needs to be a firm warning to all readers of this book-  to those that explore this in real life- there are going to be some real victims as a result of reading this book.

There are two body language actions that occur throughout the book.

Anastasia Steele has the habit of biting her lower lip subconsciously.  This is fairly obvious, she does it when she is nervous.

Christian Grey has the habit of tilting his head when listening to Anastasia.  This is a sign of interest.  It is a good habit to have, and to fake, when others are speaking.  It will earn you high marks from the speaker.

For many readers it will be their first experience with dominance and submission (also know as BDSM) which is the mutual exploration of roles, emotions and activities where one person is given full responsibility to be dominant while the other is fully submissive.  It likely is also the first time for many readers to see that sexuality is not only the actual act but also as an emotion. It is not often that we can define  sexuality for what it really is- both physical and emotional- BDSM's focus is more emotional than physical.  All this can be fascinating, appealing, and many people will be draw to the lifestyle like a moth to the flame.

Christian Grey is a responsible Master. In the real world there are a great  number of Masters who are not responsible and "get off" on the pain they inflict and the control and tethering is a means to an end, they are called sadists.  If you are a sadist, of course would be drawn to BDSM. There is not a sexual serial killer that was also not a sadist that I can think of... Many,  in fact, inflicted a great deal of pain on THEIR victims, often times needing to invoke negative emotions and pain to be able to become satisfied.

So how do you know that it is "safe" to enter into a dominant and submissive relationship?  The fact is you never truly know.  I could give you some obvious things to look out for, like is the partner manipulative already, or controlling?  Unfortunately there are too many Ted Bundys out there that appear one way, then become a completely different person- when they have you exactly where they want you.

Another thing you should understand from a psychology prospective, there is always some underling reason why someone would want to enter into either of these roles. It fulfills something.  It usually is not something pleasant.

Lastly, entering into a relationship like this is not something that can be sustained forever or for very long.  Once the Master gains full control, he or she is likely to become bored.  It is the journey not the destination.  What happens when it ends?  A huge void.  This is why most enter into  these situations for short periods of time.  I know there are probably people who schedule appointments in NYC and pay thousands of dollars every Thursday or Monday afternoon to be the submissive... There are just as likely people who "cheat" emotionally, but never physically on their spouses with someone else in this fashion.

One thing I have learned over the years about people and psychology, when it comes to sex the boundaries of what is normal, is hard to find with about 10% of people.  Do you need further prove, the strangest map you'll navigate is below, it is The Fetish Map of Sexuality.