The “Hot Pot Exercise” is a means of explaining how perception influences the decision-making process. This is especially important when presenting to the trier of fact (which could be the judge and jury). Force events are personal encounters others often have great difficulty understanding. Most choose to apply their own background, training and experience to the situation, instead of considering that of the individuals involved. The Hot Pot Exercise helps people better explain perception and and fear and their impact of the force decision-making process.
Fear is a primary element of every force event. However, fear is very personal and often misunderstood or not properly investigated. Both professional investigators and instructors should understand how perception and fear influence the decision-making process. The Hot Pot Exercise will empower you to interpret case information, as well as relate that information to others. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.” After listening to this episode, you will be able to explain perception and fear to anyone.
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