Worked for a private defense contractor lending my services to national security and intelligence agencies. Now I work with international criminals to find corruption and prevent fraud.
Here I write about my journey...
In a police interrogation room, somewhere in North America, a detective is interviewing a suspect in several house invasions. As the detective asks a series of questions designed to dismantle the suspect's defence, he also observes his [the suspect] eyes, which are moving straight to the left as he provides the answers. This case of "shifty eyes" immediately alerts the interviewer to a lie, and he proceeds to conclude that the suspect is guilty – and of course, in this case, the detective is more than likely wrong.
I want to start by pointing out that this is not a cure for anxiety, nor is it a replacement for any responsible therapy you may be undergoing for similar conditions. I am not a doctor, of any kind, nor do presume to understand the complexity of any situation that may induce anxiety. Chronic anxiety is a problem that requires the focus of experts - I only offer you a technique that has helped me (and many of my students) cope with fear and panic whenever I have experienced them. And I must admit that I have not felt anxious too often, but I have seen how detrimental it can be to people's lives.
Let me reiterate that this is my opinion about this phenomenon, an idea based on my observations of philosophies held by players in the criminal underworld about violence and the need for it. I can neither claim to have a complete explanation of why some people like guns, nor to have verified my beliefs about it.
I posted this on one of my social media channels on August twenty-nine of this year, and the reception it received was as expected during that time of evident political turmoil in North America. However, the momentum of such a significant movement seems to be lessening substantially.
Rapport is one of those obscure words you would likely have to look up in a dictionary, and if you don't, then you are one step ahead of the game, at least regarding the understanding of this basic idea. And I say that you are ahead of the game if you know the meaning of the word rapport because the spoken language we use is vital to the context and the outcome of our daily conversations.
The answer to the titular question is a confident no if you're thinking about unproven ideas like extrasensory perception, or telepathy, as many of us have come to know it. I have never subscribed to notions of the paranormal, so I apologise if the headline of this article misled you. I intend, instead, to briefly talk about the possibility of guessing what another person is thinking by paying close attention to their behaviour. More importantly, I want to point out widespread misunderstandings about what some would call "people reading" or body language.
What follows is an account of a special event in my life that led to profoundly positive changes. It is an event I write about in Book 1, and it seems fitting to this platform where I attempt to share my journey through part of the criminal underworld.
Perhaps the mere simplicity of these verses is evidence of the unconsciousness in which this poem was written. As I explained in Balance, the Devil, The truth; I do not remember writhing the first and likely the better half of this elegy. Its name comes from the relationship I drew between it and a reoccurring dream I have had for more than a year now. In these dreams I am the devil, and there are many reasons I know I am the devil, but the main one is the control that the “me” in those dreams has over his surroundings.