Think back to middle school or high school for a moment.
Remember that sinking feeling when you’d get called to the principal’s office? Even the vice-principals office would give you that same feeling, right?
Ok, so this only happened to me.
If school administration never needed to pull you out of class, good for you, but I’m sure you’ve had other “uncomfortable talks.” How about those times when your significant other mentions five vague words like: “Honey, we need to talk.” Hum, what could that be about? I’ve done nothing wrong.
A serious talk with a doctor can change your whole outlook on life. As I sit here typing this on a Monday afternoon, my week doesn’t seem that valuable. Yes, I take things for granted I suppose. But, my tune would change if a doctor told me that I only have another week to live. How much would I pay just to have another day? Just to have another week? Every day would be priceless at that point. (some folks visualize the worst possible thing every morning, wife and kids dying, what-have-you, in order to set up gratitude to last the rest of the day. I can’t stomach that.)
Talking with the police can land you in a similar spot. Say the wrong thing, and you may be spending the rest of your life behind bars. Fortunately for some, DNA testing has set free hundreds of people who have spent decades in prison–and these folks had confessed to their crime.
Yes, detectives are professional interrogators. Just like a magician can make things disappear, detectives can make people say things that aren’t true. False confessions occur for any number of reasons, and the phenomenon is scary. But there is something you can do. Continue Reading