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 a Counselor.

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 19 May, 2020


1. Can it be the Director - ESTJ?

The Director is the Border Collie

Hypocrisy Gauge: Blasted Ingeniously Problematic™ assertion. “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).

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I can handle it".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Has a fun side and can be very adventurous outside their normal duties. This is not readily apparent.


2. Can it be the Developer - ENTJ?

The Developer is the German Shepherd

Hypocrisy Gauge: Blasted Ingeniously Problematic™ assertion. “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).

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I’m not stressed, there’s not much pressure".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Fiercely loyal, should you gain their loyalty, in a territorial manner in a style similar to that of a domesticated hell hound. This is the bully that your side wants and often needs.


3. Can it be the Results - ESTP?

The Results is the Jack Russell Terrier

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

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I could never betray you".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Somewhat surprisingly, is quite aware and sensitive to the emotions of others and looks to maintain a certain self image. This is not at all easy to observe.


4. Can it be the Inspirational - ENTP?

The Inspirational is the Bull Terrier

Hypocrisy Gauge: Grand Master of Ingeniously Problematic statements. Takes logical shortcuts to jump to conclusions without checking facts.

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I am self-confident".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Consciously or subconsciously desires to engage and connect with others around them. This is central to their cunning modus operandi.


5. Can it be the Persuader - ENFJ?

The Persuader is the Boxer

Hypocrisy Gauge: Watch out for Ingeniously Problematic™. 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.

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I’m calm, I’m not angry".

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

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Often has more to give and contribute but this is masked by the reduction of pushing of their own ideas in order to accommodate others. This is the known tendency to interfere in other people's lives.


6. Can it be the Appraiser - ESFJ?

The Appraiser is the Great Dane

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

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I wasn’t jealous".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Struggles to identify their own needs and desires due to the tendency to satisfy others first. This is pretty right.



7. Can it be the Promoter - ENFP?

The Promoter is the Golden Retriever

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

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I’m okay".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Covets access to leadership in order to be a driving force for their causes. This is the pipe dreamer. Never finishes anything which is what a leader must do.


8. Can it be the Counselor - ESFP

The Counselor is the Poodle

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

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I promise, I’ll be careful".

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

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

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Deep thinker and emotionally intense. This makes them somewhat difficult to deal with.


9. Can it be the Specialist - ISFP

The Specialist is the Saint Bernard

Hypocrisy Gauge: Rare Ingeniously Problematic™. Pretty much on the level. (Same as the Counselor).

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I've got it under control".

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

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

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Wants to bring about change in a way that they lead and inspire the charge rather than forcing against other people's will by influencing them to create change in the same direction through other's different contributions. This makes them poor managers.


10. Can it be the Investigator - INFJ?

The Investigator is the Greyhound

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

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I don’t judge you".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Can struggle to gain emotional satisfaction from relationships. Their need for emotional connection with others may be larger than what others want to contribute. Can go from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde.


11. Can it be the Agent - INFP?

The Agent is the Tibetan Terrier

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

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I’m over it".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Has a love hate relationship with leadership as they want to be an inspiration to others to propel their causes forward but not hurt or harm those in the way because of their decisions. Never appoint as a leader, ever.


12. Can it be the Achiever - ISTP?

The Achiever is the Bassett Hound

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

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "It's no big deal".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Wants recognition and to gain a good reputation to prove their competency and capacity. The true Mr. Fixit.



13. Can it be the Practitioner - ISFJ?

The Practitioner is the Alaskan Malamute

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

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I don’t need help".

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 using passive aggressiveness. Not being acknowledged, someone they are close to being hurt.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Very quirky and ofter holds interesting points of view or artistic flair which are generally not on display for others to see. The trouble starts when tasks or views are in play in a conflict scenario making them un-selectable as managers.


14. Can it be the Objective Thinker - ISTJ?

The Objective Thinker is the Bernese Mountain Dog

Hypocrisy Gauge: Not Ingeniously Problematic™. What you see is what you get, pretty much.

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "Oh sorry, I forgot".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Are humourous and playful in a child-like manner when they are not working on a task. Are totally fabulous when working on a task. The consummate project manager.


15. Can it be the Perfectionist - INTP?

The Perfectionist is the Papillon

Hypocrisy Gauge: NotIngeniously Problematic™. Cannot handle other people’s emotions because they are secretly preoccupied with finding their own.

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "Whatever...".

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.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Values reputation and respect rather highly, especially as it relates to their work. The professor.


16. Can it be the Enhancer - INTJ?

The Enhancer is the Afghan Hound

Hypocrisy Gauge: Not Ingeniously Problematic™. Projects aura of extreme depth and decisiveness. Secretly an obsessive and enthusiastic fan of someone or something.

Statement that is most likely to be a lie: "I don’t care".

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: Finds it easy to get annoyed. Inefficiency, others flaking on plans.

Covert Factor™ & E. Hunter™ comment: Teddy bears underneath their granite exterior. Engages in a self-fulfilling prophesy that they have to protect themselves from others weakening their true selves resulting in a soft interior that is even more emotionally vulnerable than others. I am one. Only one or two people would have know this prior to me creating elevanto.com.au.