Good and usable profiling

Here you can read about pseudo-profiling:

And this particular article is about the real profiling, which is a set if techniques to analyze motives, intentions and emotions in behavior.

 The analysis is performed to reach a certain goal. It is important to understand that the goal should be unambiguous and clear. It’s useful both for professional profiling and for study cases. A certain and clear goal shows which instruments should be applied.

The profiling should allow to get truthful and relevant information, which encloses us to the goal. For example, instead of describing the reasons of criminal behavior, a specialist can just name all the possible reasons with no application to the case. The vulnerability of such a profiler is doubtful.  

Profiling can also be described as a generalized name for a large range of methods and technologies used for many kinds of purposes.  

The CPS identifies several types of profiles.  

1. Interrogation profile

It includes the description of behavior of a person interrogated and recommendations for his further processing. It is useful for a large group of people involved in investigations. A profiler should be able to provide different profiles based on interrogation situation. General recommendations are inappropriate both for the suspect and for the witness who doesn’t remember some details.

2. Behavioral profile

It describes either longitude behavior of a person or his actions in a certain situation. The example is describing a behavior of a cultist.

This type of profile should provide anamnesis, motivation and values. It should be deducted and – once again! - allow to reach the goal, for example, to save a person from the cult.

 3. Criminal profile

It reveals personality traits of a suspect or defendant responsible for illegal actions. It is a logic conclusion about the criminal’s traits based on evidence and behavioral markers. It is important to understand that all the conclusions should be valuable for investigation and logically occur from evidence.

4. Personal profile

It is a generalized result of many tests establishing personal peculiarities. Though it looks much like behavioral profile, one should not directly observe a person to create it. The special thing about it is that it can be hardly used if you can only observe the object.

 We should underline that all the profiles must be based on scientific methods, the results should logically come from observations and be easy to reconstruct for others.