History of Profiling
Humans have learnt to profile as a survival mechanism as we have developed a different kind of decision making that’s capable of making very quick judgments based on little information.
In fact, the ability to read a person’s attitudes and thoughts by their behaviour was the original communication system used by humans before spoken language evolved.
Profiling is a very natural reaction that none of us can avoid. We all spend time reading and interpreting people’s actions, trying to predict how they will act in the future.
For example, today’s politicians understand that politics is about image and appearance and will often hire personal body language consultants to help get their message across.
When you walk down a street late at night and spot a group of people approaching, you will automatically begin to profile.
In this case, profiling will be initiated by asking several questions:
- Are they looking at me?
- How are they looking at me?
- Is it a menacing look?
- Are they attempting to conceal something?
- Do I know them?
- How are they dressed?
- How many are there?
- What are they doing here?
You will then reach a decision based on these evaluations on what the best course of action is.