Becoming a Deception Expert
In ten lengthily steps, you can become a deception expert/decipiologist. I am not a decipiologist, but I am training to become one and this here is my ten step plan which my site is recording. You donít have to follow them number by number, but Iíve organized it to make the learning easier. Iíve also integrated it with deception analysis as I hope to also learn that fully someday when Iím done or nearing to the completion of examining deception. Please go to the Further Reading and Studies section to look at the collections of books. Click on a subject and you will see Amazon Widget Ads for them that Iíve placed into my site. If you buy, please buy through my ads as it gives me a few extra cents; site needs to stay alive somehow.
- First, an education into emotions is crucial. Read up on the basic emotions and the self-conscious emotions. I recommend Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman and then The Self-Conscious Emotions by Tracy, Robins, and Tangney which can be found in the Further Reading and Studies section.
- Now that you understand what emotions are, move onto the recognition of emotion. In this step, go to Humintell and purchase their MiX and SubX software. Afterwards: practice, practice, practice.
- Great, you can recognize the expressions of the basic emotions, not how about recognising expressions in general? Get Unmasking the Face by Ekman and Friesen and What the Face Reveals by Ekman and Rosenberg.
- Now pick it up, you need to learn how the body expresses itself. There are tons of body language books in the Further Reading, just select one unprofessional one Ė as I donít take too much time thinking about a mushy subject with uneducated procrastinators whose books, although numerous and diverse, are unprofessional and just downright humiliating to science and was written by a high school dropout because they felt body language was ďall spiritualĒ Ė and a professional one. I am thinking of getting The Nonverbal Communication Reader by Guerrero and Hecht. Read the unprofessional book first for a basic and biased introduction, then look to your professional book for a complete introduction for what is not biased. As you can tell from my attitude, I absolutely think those unprofessional books should be indecimated (inverse of decimated which mean to leave only 10% and decimated mean to take away 10%).
- Anyhow, youíve learned about the expression, emotion, and behaviours of individuals, now for the harder stuff: the why. To begin, I recommend you look towards the DePaulo books which will introduce you to the why.
- Now into the self and how we lie to ourselves and in consequence: to others. I strongly recommend The Folly of Fools by Robert Trivers and then Protecting the Self by Phebe Cramer.
- Now you need to understand why animals lie, sorry, how they behave. This will tell you their similarities and their differences and how culture isnít really human. I recommend Collective Animal Behaviour by David Sumpter.
- Psychopathology is next. Psychopathology by Maddux and Winstead should put you on the right path. Iíve never had this book, but it looks good.
- Now read up on criminal/offender/investigative profiling/psychology. If youíve seen Criminal Minds, then you know whatís coming. The TV show is enough of a introduction to the unprofessional world, not look into the professional. I recommend getting Investigative Psychology by Canter and Youngs and Criminal Profiling by Brent E. Turvey. Afterwards look at Principles of Geographical Offender Profiling and then Applications of Offender Profiling both by Canter and Youngs. Now that youíve learned so much and if youíve had the audacity, the adamants, and the tenacity to get this far: EMAIL ME! Iíll post youíre on the second final step and when you finish the final step, Iíll place below that youíve completed it. If you lie in the email, I wonít catch it, Iím still in training myself and I donít place a huge amount on identifying deception myself. Therefore, make the email REALLY long and write about what youíve learned and what books you read.
- The final step: deception. Youíll have learned so much before this and in every section thereíve been hints to deception and deception analysis, but now youíll learn about it eyes first. Pick up an unprofessional book first like Telling Lies or sit down and watch the first season of Lie to Me cause the second and third were just terrible. Look around for the professional books as there are so little compared to the unprofessional ones. Try and be professional with it as the unprofessional usually split the fields of deception up into smaller chunks with silly little arguments like ďstatement analysis is the only and best wayĒ. These are silly and mundane, as the identifier will need as many fields of the subject as possible to be trained in, not just one little section. Select a book in the Further Reading and just keep reading more. This field is so biased Iím not even going to give a professional book recommendation.
And there they are. Each step can take months to do, so it is in no way simple. You will definitely deviate from my plan or skip a step and get back to it later, thatís OK. Remember, this is an outline, not a curriculum and Iím certainly not specialized in every single one.