CHAPTER 4

Gesturing, With orWithout Intent

Continue to keep your mind on “review” in this short chapter. You will still be looking at isolated movements, but from a different angle. In some cases, I’ll take you behind the gesture to examine intent, and in others, I’ll take you behind the gesture to see why it “just happens,” that is, there is no intent.

This activity is still part of what interrogators call “passive observation,” which means watching the source to collect a range of useful information. “Active observation” follows it and involves asking questions of people around the source, similar to fellow prisoners and prison guards. It isn’t until after those stages are complete that we move beyond observation and into evaluation, analysis, ...

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