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NCJ Number: 66281 Find in a Library
Title: KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN NATURE AND CRIME INVESTIGATION
Journal: POLIZEI  Volume:68  Issue:6  Dated:(JUNE 1977)  Pages:165-172
Author(s): R HERREN
Corporate Author: Carl Heymanns Verlag
Germany (Unified)
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Carl Heymanns Verlag
5 Cologne 1, Germany United
Format: Article
Language: German
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: THE NECESSITY OF KNOWLEDGE OF SELF AND OTHERS FOR CRIMINOLOGISTS IS EMPHASIZED, AND GUIDELINES FOR HEIGHTENING OBSERVATION POWERS AND INTERPRETING HUMAN BEHAVIOR ARE GIVEN.
Abstract: KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN NATURE IS ESSENTIAL FOR CRIMINOLOGISTS BECAUSE IT ENABLES THEM TO JUDGE AND CONTROL THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR AND TO EVALUATE AND ADJUST TO THEIR NUMEROUS CLIENTS. KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN NATURE BEGINS WITH A CLOSE SCRUTINY OF A PERSON'S IDIOSYNCRACIES; E.G., THE MANNER OF ANSWERING THE PHONE, OF CLEARING ONE'S THROAT, OR OF DRIVING A CAR. IN INTERPRETING THESE OBSERVATIONS, THE POLICE OFFICER MUST EXERCISE CAUTION SINCE, AT TIMES, IDENTICAL HUMAN EXPRESSIONS MAY WARRANT DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS; FOR INSTANCE, WITNESSES PULLING ON THEIR BEARDS MAY INDICATE INSECURITY AS WELL AS CONCENTRATION. PARTICULARLY GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR OBSERVING HUMAN NATURE OCCUR WHENEVER THE SUBJECT FEELS UNWATCHED, IS TENSE OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, OR COMMITS FREUDIAN ERRORS. NUMEROUS FORMS OF LAUGHTER OR VARIOUS SMOKING RITUALS ALSO OFFER COPIOUS INDICATIONS TO AN INDIVIDUAL'S CHARACTER. WHEN EVALUATING OTHERS, OFFICERS SHOULD ALWAYS DETERMINE A PERSON'S REAL MOTIVES, SEE THROUGH MASKS AND SOCIAL ROLE-PLAYING, BE ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR FREUDIAN 'GIVE-AWAYS,' AND, ABOVE ALL, REMAIN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ERRORS OF JUDGMENT. A DIAGRAM GIVES A STEP-BY-STEP PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINING THE SOMATIC, SOCIOLOGICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND SPIRITUAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A PERSON. A LIST OF SUGGESTED STEPS FOR SELF-EVALUATION INCLUDES AWARENESS OF THE IMPRESSION ONE MAKES ON OTHERS, OF ONE'S WEAKNESSES, AND OF ONE'S PREJUDICES. THE ARTICLE INCLUDES FOOTNOTES. --IN GERMAN. (SAJ)
Index Term(s): Behavior; Behavior patterns; Behavior typologies; Criminal investigation; Evidence identification; Personality assessment; Psychology; Suspect identification
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