P: Sometimes. Ingeniously Problematic™ behaviour is
on display when it is clearly known what the desired outcome is, yet an assertion is
made that may not be untruthful, is likely to be ambiguous and the author can use it to advantage.
It is designed to give the recipient hope; reality may be 'bugger off' or (mis)leading you into
taking up some sort of offer. It is often involves blatant hypocrisy.
Outright lying is easy to pick as I claim to be cruising today in the Gulf of Siam aboard the USS Nimitz that I own. The Ingeniously Problematic™ folk tend to be in the
High D quadrant, but not always. Using our technique is part art and part science. Sometimes you have to
look as to who gave instructions to whom.
High D Expressive people exude credibility. Spontaneity tends to disarm suspicion. (Tend to deny, deny, deny.)
High I Strong sense of public self-consciousness. Concerned about being scrutinized by others,
which changes their behaviour in such a way that it appears dishonest.
High S The impression of tension, nervousness or fear that is given off naturally by
socially anxious individuals is interpreted by observers as indicators of deception. Interestingly, their
demeanour seems not to accurately reflect their behaviour and they are less likely to persist in lying when challenged.
High C The social clumsiness of introverts is interpreted by observers as indicators of deception yet
introverted people lie infrequently.
Let me shere some examples:
Question to Tony Blair: Will Labour introduce tuition fees for higher education?" Blair's answer was:
"Labour has no plans to introduce tuition fees for higher education." No plans does not mean no tuition fees.
The Melbourne Football Club have signed the Victorian Responsible Gambling Charter and agreed not to partner with sports betting
companies. But 33% of their revenues comes from poker machines Leighoak and the Bentleigh Club. So it's not untrue what they say. But it
absolutely conforms to the concept. It is inconsistent with the behaviou pattern of the CEO. But the AFL are a High D outfit.
A subset of Ingeniously Problematic™ is the is a non-apology apology; a statement that has the form of an apology but does not
express the expected contrition. Ethically marginal.
Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister Inspirational: The Malaysian government regarded as
insulting a portrayal of Malaysia in an Australian television series, Embassy. Evans said he had
"wanted to acknowledge fault where such acknowledgement is appropriate."
Unknown: "Nobody is sorrier than me that the police officer had to spend his valuable time
writing out a parking ticket on my car. Though from my personal standpoint I know for a certainty
that the meter had not yet expired, please accept my expression of deep regret at this unfortunate incident."
Ingeniously Problematic™ behaviour ignores the behaviour of the audience; most of whom accept the bulltish but
Owls (High C's) treat it with the contempt which it deserves.