Understanding and Interviewing Psychopaths


Not all criminals are psychopaths and not all psychopaths are criminals. However, at some point you will encounter them, and if you are an investigator in law enforcement or the corporate arena, you will have to interview or interrogate them. Unfortunately, their minds do not function the same as the remaining 98% of the population, and there is a significantly higher percentage of people with psychopathic tendencies who think and act in a similar manner but who may not be specifically classified as “psychopathic.” That being said, traditional approaches to interviews and interrogations will often fall short of reaching the truth with such people, and you run a high chance of being manipulated by them during the interview or interrogation as well. One of the keys to successfully dealing with psychopaths and people with similar tendencies is to know how their minds work and how they think. Once you understand them you can learn specific tactics and techniques that will help you effectively deal with such individuals. Both of these trainings will be covered on The Lie Boat!; “Understanding Psychopathy & the Psychopathic Mind” and “Interviewing the Psychopathic Personality.” As you delve into the mind of the psychopath, you may as well enjoy yourself on a cruise to Bermuda!

The Lie Boat; Training Cruise on Lies & Lie Detection

The Lie Boat training cruise is focused on improving the investigative interviewing skills of individuals who are tasked with gathering and assessing information from people through investigative interviews or criminal interrogations. Each training cruise has a variety of topics along with some of the best instructors within their fields, designed with the goal of enhancing your ability to conduct effective interviews and interrogations, gather information from people and to help you distinguish between truthfulness and deception in others. 
Here is the list of training sessions on the next Lie Boat training cruise which is scheduled for April 10th through April 15th, 2016 leaving from Baltimore, MD to the Island of Bermuda. This round-trip cruise has 18 hours of training as well as 24 hours of down-time in Bermuda:
  • ACID Assessment Criteria Indicative of Deception
  • Deception Detection and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Cognitive Interviewing; Training & Workshop
  • Understanding Psychopathy & the Psychopathic Mind
  • Interviewing the Psychopathic Personality
 To register or for more information click HERE

Cinco de Interviewing


I know the title does not make any sense, but in honor of Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to provide 5 important elements for effective interviewing:
  • Uno: Build rapport. You need to develop an atmosphere of trust with the person you are talking with. If they don’t trust you, do you really think they will tell you everything?
  • Dos: Establish their baseline. Their baseline is the behavior (verbal, non-verbal, tone, physiological, etc) that they normally have during communication. This should be developed during the rapport phase while getting them comfortable talking with you. If you don’t understand their own patterns and ways they communicate, how will you identify any changes in their baseline which may need further questioning? 
  • Tres: Ask open questions. Most people (investigators included) are conditioned to ask closed, specific questions. Asking open questions such as “Tell me everything that happened” and let them talk without interruption, is much more effective at gathering and assessing information than closed, leading or suggestive questions. Also, probe their story with open questions such as “Tell me more about that…” “What happened next…” “You said XYZ, what do you mean?” etc.    
  • Cuatro: Listen. During an interview, many interviewers are so focused on their questions that when the person is answering one question, they are thinking about what they are going to ask next. This causes a lot of information to be missed by the interviewer. It also demonstrates to the person that you are talking with that you are not really interested in what they have to say. Ask open questions and really listen to what they are saying. Then ask follow-up questions based on what they said to dig deeper into their story, develop information and show that what they have to say is important and that you are listening.    
  • Cinco: Follow-up. Whether you are talking with a victim, witness or a suspect, follow-up on what they say and try and corroborate their information from other sources. Information from an interview or interrogation often leads to new evidence, but only if you take the time to follow up and follow through.

If you are in law enforcement, join me at the Concord Police Department in Concord, MA on June 11th and 12th, 2015, for training on "Effective Interviewing Strategies"


Our primary purpose is to enhance the investigator's ability to develop rapport, facilitate communication, extract more accurate information, detect deception and obtain the TRUTH from every investigative inquiry.


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