Andrew G. Hodges, M.D.

About Forensic Thoughtprints

About Forensic Thoughtprints

What is a “Thoughtprint?”

A thoughtprint is unconscious communication hidden within verbal or written communication.

The unconscious mind communicates constantly and typically hides its messages in verbal or written communication generated by the conscious mind. We don’t always say what we mean. These unconscious communications are what we call thoughtprints.

To understand thoughtprints and discern what is really being said we must pay attention to the big idea, not necessarily the literal idea. Pay attention to the subject a person introduces. The subject may introduce it through denial: “There are no sharks on the island.” Or by linking it to someone else: “Beverly was talking about seeing the sharks.” The key idea in this case is “sharks.” By paying close attention to the big ideas we get a clear idea what subject matter is on the speaker’s mind.

Every idea introduced must be taken as an unconscious part of them: Consider they are unconsciously talking about themselves. In the above case the key thoughtprint “sharks” could suggest that the speaker is confessing he is the shark.

How are thoughtprints used?

Various types of communications can be profiled to reveal any subconcious messages that are contained in them. Communication can be oral or written. Typical communications are: ransom notes, letters, suicide notes, police interrogations, etc.

Thoughtprint decoding can also be useful in a defense case. The subconscious can also give clues to innocence.

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