Human Pattern Recognition can assist Court Officials and Legal Professionals in many areas and ways.
A number of examples are as follows:
Jury Selection and Juror Assessing.
Which jurors do you select and which ones do you reject? This depending on the case type and your viewpoint (defender or prosecutor). If you are acting as the defence on a rape case you would like to know who is sympathetic and who is prejudicious to the defendant. If you had to pick between a young woman of the age of the victim and a male, most people would reject the young woman. The unknown facts might be that the young woman secretly feels the victim deserved what she got while the male is sympathetic towards the victim, possibly because his girlfriend or daughter had been raped at another time. Being able to read the non verbal signs by utilising the skills of HPR, you can detect what they are really feeling in that moment. You can have a more valuable understanding of each jury member, who will support and who will be a detriment to your case.
Uncovering the Truth
In law, whether it be in witness interviews or questioning; in the witness box or cross examining, the focus obviously is to uncovering the truth and determining who is right and who is wrong. However, focusing on just the spoken word is the long and inefficient way around. There is far more information in the unconscious indicators that “leak” information through the non verbals in the person’s tone of voice and their physiology. The indicators in a person’s physiology includes Body Language and Facial Expressions, which account for more than 70 percent of any communication. Being able to read these indicators will tell you what is really going on and will give you something substantial to guide your questions.
Emotions can escalate in court hearings, in interviews and in mediation sessions alike. When the emotion of anger escalates, being able to detect the difference between passive anger and anger focussing towards a premeditated aggressive act is essential for personal safety and the safety of staff and the public.
HPR is made up of a number of skills including the 4 majors;
- Body Language. These are (mostly) the unconscious movements and changes in the body that give away a person’s emotional state in any given moment. There are many misconceptions around Body Language; both the indicators and their interpretations. Body Language must be viewed in clusters, in context and have their congruent assessed correctly. Body Language is greatly enhanced when monitored in conjunction with reading a person’s Micro and Subtle Expressions.
- Micro and Subtle Expressions. These are the rapidly fired uncontrollable, unconscious expressions that appear on the face in that brief moment before the conscious mind can control them. Unnoticeable except to the trained eye, they give away what a person is really feels and what they are trying to conceal.
- Neuro Linguistic Programming is the use of word skills; questioning techniques and statements that help draw out the truth. When used in unison with Body Language and Micro/Subtle Expressions can quickly bring a liar undone and save a great deal of time uncovering the truth.
- Human Pattern Recognition shows you how to recognise any person’s personality and how they are likely to behave in any given situation based on their personality traits. This skill does not require any questions to be asked during the evaluation. It is a technique of pure observation and only backed up by questions to confirm what you have already noticed.
Together these skills form Human Pattern Recognitions
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