Unlocking Secrets

How to Get People to Tell You Everything

by David Craig

Number of pages: 168

Publisher: Skyhorse

BBB Library: Psychology and Strengths

ISBN: 978-1510730779

About the Author

Dr. David Craig is an international expert in undercover operations and lie-detection techniques. He has conducted extensive research in undercover programs in the United States (FBI, DEA, US Customs), Canada (RCMP), the United Kingdom (Scotland Yard, National and Scottish Crime Squad), and the Netherlands (Politie).


Editorial Review

People hide information from others for a variety of reasons—some are harmless and some are not. The information hidden from us is secret and in many circumstances it can be to our advantage to know that information. Spies and undercover operatives have been successfully getting people to reveal secret information for many years. The techniques that they use to extract information can be applied just as effectively to everyday personal and professional situations. These advanced interpersonal communication skills will give you an unprecedented psychological edge.

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"Great information for anyone who wants to gain information. From investigators to parents and any one in between, this book will give you great insights."

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Wisdom to Share

Any information that is hidden from you is considered a secret.

The very topic of secrets carries with it a certain mystique and intrigue in the minds of most people across most cultures.

Secrets are an elusive and very complex phenomenon that are naturally a part of everyone’s life.

Secret-keeper: The person or entity that has hidden information; the person or entity is keeping a secret.

A secret-keeper is likely to refuse to answer direct and obvious questions about information that is hidden from us.

In direct elicitation situations, questions to be avoided are ones that result in a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.

The more you talk when trying to elicit information, the less opportunity there is for the secret-keeper to share the hidden information.

Indirect elicitation is, by its very nature, a more surreptitious activity that direct elicitation.

People share their most intimate and private information with people they ‘like.’ The more a secret-keeper likes you, the closer you’ll become to ‘being that person.’

An emotional link is formed by a mutual point of interest, a commonality, or a similar sense of humor and these are created quickly in situations where both people are in the same situation—and they feel emotionally similar.