Interrogation is the process of getting information from a suspect, and it's something that most people think they understand. However, interrogations are more than just asking questions and assessing answers; they're an art form that requires an understanding of human psychology—psychology that can be used for good or evil. This article will discuss seven tactics for getting information out of suspects during an interrogation:

Evaluating body language.

Body language is a powerful tool in the interrogation process. As you are observing your suspect, it is important to assess their truthfulness and mental state.

There are several factors that can help you evaluate body language:

  • Posture – The way a person stands or sits gives you insight into how they feel about themselves and others around them. Someone who crosses their arms tightly will likely not be as open to talking with you as someone whose posture shows more openness or friendliness (i.e., uncrossed arms). If a person slouches over or leans back in their chair too far, this could signal apathy about communication or lack of engagement with what's being discussed.
  • Gestures – Hand gestures may reveal much about the suspect's state of mind. People often unconsciously make gestures where they place one hand on top of another and tap their fingers together when they're thinking hard about something, which might be happening right now! That said, other gestures such as finger pointing have different meanings depending on context; i'll explain more later on this page when introducing each method for analyzing verbal content during an interrogation session."

Applying stress.

Stress can be applied to the suspect in many ways, such as:

  • By telling them they will not get out of prison if they do not confess.
  • By threatening to harm their family members or loved ones if they do not confess.
  • By using a lie detector test, which may cause the suspect to feel stress and anxiety related to telling the truth.

Analyzing nonverbal cues.

Nonverbal cues are important in determining the truth, deception and mental state of a suspect. They can reveal how a person is feeling physically and emotionally during an interrogation. A good interrogator should be able to spot these nonverbal cues so they can determine if someone is lying or telling the truth.

This section will cover the five most important areas where you can use non-verbal cues:

  • Facial expressions - Facial expressions provide information about what someone is thinking or feeling at any given moment (e.g., happiness, sadness).

The tactic of persuasion.

Persuasion is a powerful tool in an interrogation. It's not the same as lying or tricking someone into a confession, but rather it is subtle art that uses logic and reason to get a person to confess. Persuasion relies on using facts and logic to reach one's desired outcome. For example, if you are trying to persuade someone that they should confess their crime because it would be better for both of you in the long run, then you would present them with evidence that shows why they should tell the truth instead of face consequences such as jail time or fines.

The problem of false confessions.

The problem of false confessions. The issue of false confessions is one that’s often misunderstood, and it has been a topic of controversy for years. Many people believe that only crazy people confess to things they didn’t do—but this is just not true. For example, in the United States alone we have had more than 15 cases where people have falsely confessed to murder after being interrogated by police officers for hours on end with no breaks.

In addition to this, there are other factors that contribute to making someone falsely confess: mental illness or intellectual disabilities; low intelligence; physical coercion by law enforcement officials; cultural differences; and being under extreme stress at the time when you're questioned or threatened by police officers (like during an armed robbery investigation).

Because these things can influence what happens during an interrogation process, it's important for officers conducting interrogations to be aware of their impact on suspects so they know how best to handle interviews with them."

Developing a strategy for a particular crime.

When interrogating a suspect, it is important to know what the crime was. It is also important to have this information in mind before beginning your interrogation. When questioning a suspect, remember that they are more likely to confess if they think you are treating them fairly. Therefore, it’s important that you let your suspect know exactly what evidence you have against them and allow time for them to think about their actions before making any kind of commitment.

Understanding the psychology of the suspect.

Understanding the psychology of the suspect is important because it can help you identify and understand the motive.

Psychological techniques can be used to manipulate a suspect, but they are not always successful due to changes in thinking that occur as we age. The most effective way to manipulate another person's behavior or emotions is through verbal persuasion and positive reinforcement (such as praise). When an interrogator uses these methods, he or she may get the suspect to say something useful about his crime.

Understanding how suspects think will help you identify them if you see them later on in life. For example, if someone commits crimes when they're angry or upset, then that person might be at risk for committing similar crimes again under similar circumstances—especially if they're released from prison without any counseling services offered by authorities such as parole officers who could potentially give them support after release back into society."

Interrogation is more than just asking questions and assessing answers; it is an art that requires an understanding of human psychology.

The interrogator must understand the psychology of the suspect. He or she must also understand the psychology of the interviewer, as well as that of any lawyers present.

The interrogator should consider how friends and family might be influencing a suspect’s behavior, along with how community dynamics play into it as well.


The interrogation process is more than just asking questions and assessing answers; it is an art that requires an understanding of human psychology. Psychological analysis can help interrogators understand what a suspect thinks and how they will react to certain situations. This knowledge can be used to develop strategies and tactics that are appropriate for each individual person’s personality type, thus increasing the chances of getting incriminating information from them during questioning sessions. However, psychological analysis only works if investigators have enough experience with this type of work—otherwise their attempts at persuasion may backfire!