Interrogation Strategy: Rapport /// Urban Survival

Interrogation Strategy: Rapport

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Interrogation techniques were developed for and in interrogation rooms for law enforcement and other “official” capacities. But it’s as useful for any other communicational purpose when certain information is critically needed but difficult to retrieve.

The most important factor to getting the answer you want is to develop a rapport with the subject.

This is how an effective interrogation must begin and it must be built throughout the process until and even after you get the information.

The subject can be an actual friend, suspect, terrorist, relative, child, spy or a potential romantic endeavor – when it comes to extracting information that’s deliberately being kept, rapport is the key.

With coercion and “enhanced” (torture) techniques, you may get results but rarely the right or useful results. When these methods do work, information is given, often much of it, but again, it’s most often useless, inaccurate or lies.

The most effective and direct way to get information is understanding the subject, their beliefs, interests, motivation, desires and way of being.

This is how to cultivate immediate trust through rapport, as superficial as it may be, this is the way in.

It’s not about friendship or even liking each other. It’s about being level with the subject or finding something that makes the subject feel they are like you.

This will pave the way for the subject to speak and open up about small and seemingly inconsequential things at first. To feel they can talk to you, then they will reveal what they’re hiding.

To develop a rapport with a subject, you have to genuinely try to know who they are. To understand their logic, self-awareness, mindset and character.

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