The Jordan Harbinger Show
468: Jack Schafer | Getting People to Reveal the Truth Part Two
Thu Feb 11 2021
Techniques for Manipulation and Elicitation
- Narcissistic people are easy to manipulate.
- When pitching a podcast, focus on the guest's mission and ideas rather than their busy schedule.
- Using techniques to predispose people to talk is not inherently manipulative, but can be abused.
- It's important to learn these techniques in order to recognize when someone is using them on you.
- The Benjamin Franklin effect involves asking for someone's advice or opinion in order to elevate them and allow them to flatter themselves.
- Compliments can be used as a basic manipulation technique by green belt manipulators.
- Eliciting the truth through rapport building and commitment is better than confronting deception directly because people have difficulty changing their position once they articulate a lie due to the psychological principle of consistency.
- Empathetic statements involve mirroring back what the other person has said using parallel language to validate their feelings and show that you are paying attention.
- Starting with "so you" can be an effective way to begin an empathetic statement and put the focus on the other person.
- Mirroring is an effective technique for building rapport, but it should not be obvious or clunky.
- Presumptive statements and questions are also useful elicitation techniques that people often learn as kids but don't use manually.
Building Rapport and Elicitation Techniques
- Status elevation can be used to make people feel good and more likely to open up.
- Status demotion can be used to make people defensive and try to regain their status.
- Counter attacking can be effective in banter with friends, but not necessarily with intelligence agents.
- Use Brian's Loop to control the information you reveal to others.
- Decide beforehand what information you are comfortable revealing in public.
- If someone asks for information outside of that realm, answer with "yes," "no," or "I don't know" and redirect the conversation back to them.
- Empathic or empathetic statements can help show respect and support from the other person's point of view.
- Mirroring and other techniques discussed in the book require practice to use intentionally.
- Using these techniques intentionally can feel awkward at first, but they become easier with practice.
- The speaker used presumptive statements to capture a double agent and test his loyalty.
- The technique was effective in eliciting information from the double agent.
Spies and Elicitation Techniques
- Spies may reveal information when they feel comfortable with someone.
- Spies who get caught and deported may face consequences from their own country for spying on them as well.
- Some spies may be motivated by money, but it is not worth betraying one's country for any amount of money.
- A man wanted to be a spy since he was young and found it exciting, but it's not a clean game and can be dangerous.
- Curiosity traps were used to recruit a North Korean agent by leaving notes on his door when he wasn't there.
- The speaker used an elicitation technique to get Jack Shafer, a potential recruit against North Korea, to talk to him.
- The process of getting someone to think about becoming a trader is multi-month and requires patience and kindness.
- There are likely thousands of spies in the United States, but the exact number is unknown.
- Spies use elicitation techniques to recruit vulnerable individuals with classified or secret information, which works effectively both overseas and in the United States.
Intuition and Personal Safety
- Intuition is a mental and physical process that everyone has to varying degrees.
- The gut and brain communicate with each other through the body, delivering intuition.
- Reality is the highest ground to see what's coming.
- Episode 329 with Gavin De Becker discusses cutting potentially threatening people out of our lives forever.
- Elicitation skills can be used deliberately but not manipulatively in business to guide conversations and learn more about people.
- The golden rule is to make others feel good and be the center of attention.
- Stores encourage people to touch fabric of clothing because it increases the likelihood of purchase.
- Marketers use psychology to market and sell products.
- It is better to elicit information from one individual over a longer period of time or solicit information from multiple individuals at once to avoid suspicion.