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By Vernalee

The “good cop bad cop” phrase references a commonly used interrogation technique in which one cop appears to side with the accused and another remains firm and uncompromising. The concept extends to other settings where two people (who are actually not cops) use a similar ploy that plays upon one’s emotional psyche to achieve their purposes and defined results. The goal is to position your thinking into a belief that of the two individuals, one of them is empathetic and compassionate toward your predicament and is on your side. It’s a game of influence and trickery designed to achieve their objective. So if you ever become prey to the cop that you perceive to be “good,” just remember that you are feeding information to the bad cop as well. Basically, who you perceived to be “good” is really not! Their chameleon ploy made you putty in both of their hands. In other words, you have been “had,” “bamboozled,“ and “played!” If you think that you have never been in that situation; think again; think hard; think back! People frequently and effectively use this technique to obtain desired information and results. The “gang up” on you tactic is purposed to sway you to provide information that they otherwise may not have been able to obtain. Sadly, the good cop is usually someone that you thought that you could trust. Ouch! They achieved their results; you were left “hanging” in the sling! You may not have seen it coming, but if and when your information is out – there is no taking it back ...! Photo credit:



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