When someone is being Ingeniously Problematic™
it can make it easy for you to pick their pattern

I am the doyen of IP - just ask Monica

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 often involves blatant hypocrisy. It may be used when defending yourself on some sort of charge - whether it be in court or your mother has accused you of something and you do not want to admit to it.
Ingeniously Problematic™ behaviour is not lying, but it is close to the line. The Ingeniously Problematic™ folk tend to be in the High D quadrant, but not always. Sometimes you have to look as to who gave instructions to whom.
Nevertheless, it can sometimes be a good tactic to use this technique when trying to extricate yourself from a problem.

Here is an example from a Master: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." This famous statement from the US President, Bill Clinton, is the Gold Standard of Ingeniously Problematic™ behaviour. If there was a Hall of Fame, he would be the Patron. This fits the definition and also fits the Hypocrisy Gauge of an Appraiser.

Here is another general one: "I solemnly swear to tell the truth as I know it, the whole truth as I believe it to be and nothing but what I think you need to know."

Here are the Hypocrisy Gauges for all, the anger that is within and what sets off anger! Hypocrisy is important in being Ingeniously Problematic™.

Conducted and composed by Elizabeth Hunter™ - Last Update 24 February, 2019


1. Can it be the Director - ESTJ?

The Director is the Border Collie

Hypocrisy Gauge: Blasted IP. “I get more ess, aitch, one, tee done than anybody.” Actually intimidates Specialist and Practitioner types to do the majority of their grunt work. (Same as the Developer).

When annoyed or angry: Will bluntly state whatever is making them upset.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: The most volatile. Little details being out of place, carelessness.



2. Can it be the Developer - ENTJ?

The Developer is the German Shepherd

Hypocrisy Gauge: Blasted IP. “I get more ess, aitch, one, tee done than anybody.” Actually intimidates Specialist and Practitioner types to do the majority of their grunt work. (Same as the Director).

When annoyed or angry: Will come out with a cold, calculated, concise statement of icy fury.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Will 'go off' unless totally unnecessary. Others trying to undermine, inefficiency.



3. Can it be the Results - ESTP?

The Results is the Jack Russell Terrier

Hypocrisy Gauge: Blasted IP. Can dish it out but cannot take it well coming back the other way.

When annoyed or angry: Start fighting, doing a work out.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Do it in the moment. Boredom, being confined.




4. Can it be the Inspirational - ENTP?

The Inspirational is the Bull Terrier

Hypocrisy Gauge: Master of IP. Takes logical shortcuts to jump to conclusions without checking facts.

When annoyed or angry: Will hurl calculated and witty insults at the other person.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Gets annoyed very easily and tends to show this. Closed-minded/illogical thought, ignorance.




5. Can it be the Persuader - ENFJ?

The Persuader is the Boxer

Hypocrisy Gauge: Watch out for IP. Almost always running a secret agenda. (Same as the Appraiser).

When annoyed or angry: Will explode with rage, either criticising those around them harshly or reacting physically - more likely to punch a wall than another person.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Will talk over with a good friend first. Being taken advantage of/not appreciated, injustice.




6. Can it be the Appraiser - ESFJ

The Appraiser is the Great Dane

Hypocrisy Gauge: Watch out for IP. Almost always running a secret agenda. (Same as the Persuader).

When annoyed or angry: Will be blunt or overly critical. Will hold grudges.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Will express feelings readily, then move on. Not being appreciated, the upsetting of deeply held values.




7. Can it be the Promoter - ENFP?

The Promoter is the Golden Retriever

Hypocrisy Gauge:Watch out for IP. Constantly encouraging others to stretch, when they themselves have areas they stubbornly refuse to change.

When annoyed or angry: Will drop the relationship or blow up and later apologize to the person.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Wants to maintain harmony. Criticism, being controlled or held to account.




8. Can it be the Counselor - ESFP

The Counselor is the Poodle

Hypocrisy Gauge: Watch out for IP. Pretty much on the level. (Same as the Specialist).

When annoyed or angry: Will cry, yell or throw a fit, although will get over it quickly.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Hesitate if in fun environment. Being controlled/having freedom to have fun taken away, criticism.




9. Can it be the Specialist - ISFP

The Specialist is the Saint Bernard

Hypocrisy Gauge: Rare IP. Pretty much on the level. (Same as the Counselor).

When annoyed or angry: Will use body language, becoming distant, pouting, or other nonverbal cues.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Internalise anger. Other people stepping on emotions, limitations of freedom.




10. Can it be the Investigator - INFJ?

The Investigator is the Greyhound

Hypocrisy Gauge: Rare IP. Whinges about the difficulties of extreme empathy. In reality, a bit smug while spending perhaps 10% of their time actually engaging people.

When annoyed or angry: Will bring up each and every one of your flaws, weaknesses and vulnerabilities and use them to systematically and psychologically bring you down. Often repeats this tactless nagging in future outbursts.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Hard to get angry but when you hurt them emotionally, insulting a deeply held belief.



11. Can it be the Agent - INFP?

The Agent is the Tibetan Terrier

Hypocrisy Gauge: Rare IP. Extremely tolerant…until they are not anymore. Then, they will violate every value they have to make their point.

When annoyed or angry: Will keep feelings to themselves, showing only small signs of passive aggressiveness. Will blow up once in a while.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Once a year event. Injustice, hypocrisy.




12. Can it be the Achiever - ISTP?

The Achiever is the Bassett Hound

Hypocrisy Gauge: Rare IP. Scoffs at everyone else’s superstitious biases while blind to their own.

When annoyed or angry: Will curse and be insulting the other person, or express their emotions physically - by fighting or punching something.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Generally self controlled. People trying to annoy/upset them, lack of time alone.




13. Can it be the Practitioner - ISFJ?

The Practitioner is the Alaskan Malamute

Hypocrisy Gauge: No IP. Expecting others to be reliable/predictable while excusing their own occasional decision that was not expected.

When annoyed or angry: Will bottle up their frustration. Will engage in light hearted, but frustrated, comments that get the point across without burning bridges.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Lets out anger slowly. Not being acknowledged, someone they are close to being hurt.



14. Can it be the Objective Thinker - ISTJ?

The Objective Thinker is the Bernese Mountain Dog

Hypocrisy Gauge: No IP. What you see is what you get, pretty much.

When annoyed or angry: Will make snarky comments and show their anger passively or may approach the person directly and pragmatically.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Difficult to get upset and even more difficult to show it. Stress, disrespecting hierarchy.




15. Can it be the Perfectionist - INTP?

The Perfectionist is the Papillon

Hypocrisy Gauge: No IP. Cannot handle other people’s emotions because they’re secretly preoccupied with finding their own.

When annoyed or angry: Will use sharp insults to hurt the other person.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Will try to control by rational control or retreating. Persistently being bugged about something, inefficiency.




16. Can it be the Enhancer - INTJ?

The Enhancer is the Afghan Hound

Hypocrisy Gauge: No IP. Projects aura of extreme depth and decisiveness. Secretly an obsessive enthusiastic fan of someone or something.

When annoyed or angry: Will tell you all about how so and so is being extremely stupid. Will tend to either hide these sentiments, express them through passive aggressiveness or only tell those closest to them. When really mad, will either explode with rage or channel their anger into an icy cold fury.

Fuse length and what sets off anger: Easy to get annoyed. Inefficiency, others flaking on plans.