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February 26, 2012

Inside Interrogation Room

Verifying authenticity of information being provided by witnesses, suspects and criminals during investigation is always been a greater challenge for Police and Law & Enforcement professionals across the world. On the basis on same, they have to put up a case in court to punish criminals and save innocents.

While statement analysis remains strictly confined to scrutiny and verification of facts and figures only, nonverbal analysis of suspects and criminals provides a wide spectrum of emotional information that otherwise would miss out without ever come of the surface. Different nonverbal clues given away by person being questioned can convey affective (emotional), cognitive, associative and physical statuses at varying degrees.
Hence nonverbal analysis has critical importance during investigation procedure apart of verbal information being provided by the persons under scrutiny. For the same, interrogation rooms have been setup by Law & Enforcement in almost every country. Interrogation rooms are designed to discourage suspects and criminals from defending themselves and bring them to confess the crime they (might have) committed.
The kind of physical and psychological environment posed on unconscious mind of the person under interrogation is that normally anybody could hardly manage to stay in for a long time willingly. Complete isolation from the rest of the world and people is the key element to make person under scrutiny to feel completely alone, helpless and vulnerable. This puts a great pressure on the minds of many.

Person being interrogated is often discouraged to act upon its own will and defend itself physically. To add into intensity of terror and stress, the person is put right beneath a small light source so that rest of the surrounding area remains under darkness and the person being interrogated can't find how many individuals and entities are present and moving around it.
Interrogation Chair ("Hot Seat")
Along with the same, enlarged lurking eyes of the interrogators from darkness induces enormous terror inside the human mind just like what a prey would feel during the last few moments before getting hunted by a fierce and merciless predator in the dark and thick forest. Darkness, isolation, confinement, no barriers and lack of comfort are good enough to break down person's defensive stance.

Person being interrogated is often compelled to seat on a small chair with no arm rests thus restricting its movements to a limited physical area However, interrogators can freely move back, forth and around it. In fact, they intrude personal comfort zone (personal and intimate zones in Proxemics) and try to break down psychological defense and normal tactics of a person under scrutiny.

Under immense fear, criminals and suspects easily leak out unconscious distress body signs that expert eyes can easily catch and drill deeper into the minds and brains of persons being interrogated for their direct or indirect connection with the crime, conspiracy, offense or wrong-doing.

True purpose of any interrogation procedure is not just to verify the information being provided by suspects and criminals but also to understand body language clues given by them and try to co-relate them with body language clues given away by persons under interrogation.
Solitary confinement to a limited physical space, being surrounded by unknown and strange individuals moving around in darkness and having no power of moving or defending oneself is more than enough to induce tremendous amount of stress to let true facts out and escape from the interrogation room unharmed.

February 19, 2012

Secondary Attraction

Finding a mate or a life partner is most crucial part of life. It has to do with not only with reproductive success and genetic progression but also emotional support, social status, overall stability, wellness. immunity and longevity. It consumes lot of energy and time and also preoccupies human mind.

Despite of the enormous diversity in individual qualities, we try settle with an individual satisfying basic exceptions because a perfect mate is entirely mythical. Also, creating a strong functional rapport and sense of trust with partner and retaining it is a great challenge in itself.

In a committed (marital) relationship, members of both genders have to submit and surrender themselves to each other at some extent. Both have to invest time, stay together, occupy a common physical space and share resources and engage with each other physically, sexually, emotionally, intellectually and psychologically.
Now, assume that you are a single at present and desperately looking for a (new) partner. You come across many members of opposite gender, get attracted to them by instinct but you don't find something special in most of them to take relation to next steps. Why we don't feel "really going mad" about everybody we get initially attracted to?

Scientists agree that what truly keeps two members of opposite genders together is very complex to describe apart of natural, sexual and plain physical attraction. They call it as the secondary attraction.
"You really have something special that makes me to stay longer in relationship."
Indeed, it's not just look or appearance required to stay in (long term) romantic or committed relationship. There's something beyond physical qualities we look into our potential partner(s). How the other person looks necessary should not match with its true nature.

During initial interactions, we unconsciously monitor behavior and reactions of other person in different situations and circumstances. In fact, we give each other various opportunities for the same. More we interact, better we understand each other (apart of attraction). It's like initiating a dance step and waiting for a person on an opposite side to make move accordingly.

We always convey personal traits, attitude, approach, qualities, strengths, and weaknesses and ultimately mutual compatibility through body language (nonverbally) only that's why attraction based upon character lasts longer and healthier.

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