Statement Analysis: Ryan Lochte

Statement Analysis® of Olympic Swimmer, Ryan Lochte
By Laurie Ayers
August 2016

On Sunday 14 August 2016, the headlines read “U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Brazil.”

Today, 17 August, the headlines changed to “A Brazilian judge has issued a search and seizure warrant for US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and teammate James Feigen as questions emerge about their account of being robbed at gunpoint early Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.”

Was Ryan telling the truth about being robbed at gunpoint? Below you’ll see my Statement Analysis® of Ryan’s own words. Continue reading


Credibility vs. Truthfulness

If you’re truthful, you can have credibility. If you are credible you may not always be truthful.Credible does not always mean truthful

Part of what I do in my field of deception is determine credibility through a systematic, proven system. I don’t interpret. I take what the writer or speakers says verbatim and analyze it.

Being credible is not the same as saying a person is telling the truth. It is, sometimes, just not always.

Credible means: able to be believed; convincing.

Truthful means: telling or expressing the truth; honest.

Lying means: intending to deliberately mislead another.

There are exceptions to the definition of lying such as actors, poker players, some sales personal, in that we already know they are likely to be lying. That’s not what I’m referring to, rather misleading without prior permission or notice.

The words deceit and lies are often correctly used interchangeably. Credible and truthful are also often used interchangeably, but as you can see from the definition – they should not be used synonymously. Continue reading


Betrayed By a Verb

Verb tense can betray a liePeople mean exactly what they say; use their words to uncover deception.

If you’re trying to figure out if your date is lying, pay attention to their verbs.

Listen carefully to determine if a person’s statement is coming from memory or from imagination. Most statements should be written or spoken in the past tense because the incident has already taken place. In a deceptive statement, we may find some present tense language.

When someone is telling you what happened or what was witnessed, the person should be speaking in the past tense. It doesn’t matter if something happened 10 minutes, 10 days or 10 years ago. The speaker should be using past tense verbs.

Consider this statement:

“I arrived at the gym at around 5am. I removed my duffle bag from my trunk, walked into the lobby and waited swipe in. No one was at the front desk. I sensed that something was wrong. I called out to see if anyone was around. No one answered. Then I looked into office and saw basketballs and towels were all over the floor. I realized that someone had broken into the gym so I called the police.” Continue reading

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