Upon getting a whiff of untrustworthiness from someone, you’ll inevitably have some decisions to make. The principal decision that’ll be staring you in the face would be whether you should make your knowledge of someone else’s deception public.
This article hopes to remind you that the decision of whether to disclose your knowledge of someone else’s deception is an important one to at least consider.
Moreover, the words below aim to communicate that it’s sometimes better to allow others’ deception to seemingly pass by.
The Attractiveness of Exposing Others’ Deceptive Behavior
Remaining unhinged and quiet in the face of others’ deceptive behavior is tricky to pull off. We tend to jump to conclusions in such instances. We far too often feel as though a powerful publication of others’ deceptive tendencies will encourage them to stop.
However, the context surrounding the times in which you catch others’ deceptive tendencies should be carefully traversed.
Deception does well to give rise to responses which may not necessarily be emotional, but which lead to unfavorable results. Those responses may not be aligned with aiding you achieve the goals you have set with the individual in question.
The attractiveness of your attempts to expose deceptive behavior is quite difficult to resist. In an effort to strip an individual of the power they’ve attained through deceptive methods, we’re attracted to dropping bombs which publicize and expose. We hope to blow up the schemes deceptive individuals conjure with an emphasis on brutality and force.
In addition to the perceived strategic benefits of exposing and publicizing deception, we can’t ignore the emotional intrigue involved in the matter. It feels good to be vindicated. It feels good to be the oratore of justice. It feels even better when we have an opportunity to enact justice in one big blow.
You may be motivated to respond to others’ deceptive behavior by ignoring, commenting, confronting, planning, publicizing, and gossiping. Perhaps undetectably observing is what sometimes makes the most sense.
Discouraging an Adjustment of Strategy
A person deceiving you will seldom stop in their attempts at doing so upon getting found out. People’s willingness to be victorious often leads them toward adopting even more deceptive measures when their earlier, weaker, measures are exposed.
An obvious perk of not unveiling your act of catching someone in their lies, schemes, secrets, and nefarious plans is the prevention of an adjustment in their strategy.
Your observation, but lack of publication, of their deceptive behavior will provide you an upper hand from a strategic planning perspective. You will be able to predict, plan, and act around their deceptive patterns without notifying them of anything gone wrong.
Deceptive individuals may thereby change and shift their deceptive ways as per the natural course of strategic planning, but will not be encouraged to shift directions completely. You will give yourself a better chance of defending yourself against their schemes down the line.
You’ll be able to adjust your own plans without forcing your adversary to make adjustments to theirs. You’ll give yourself time to figure out ways to combat such an individual’s deceptive schemes; to collect more information, and to figure out methods with which to move toward the implementation of your plans in the matter.
Keeping Tabs on the Motivation to Hurt Others
A loser in any circumstance of life will be more motivated to win in later phases than those who don’t feel like they’ve lost today. Just as the previous portion of this article focused on strategy, this portion will focus on motivation.
A person’s motives are powerful drivers of strategized action. You should never underestimate how your actions affect the motivation of those whom you interact with.
Having one’s deceitful behavior exposed by way of a call out or a series of questions will signify a “loss” in their mind. Having their deceptive strategy figured out and called out in any form is akin to being stripped naked and unveiled from behind the curtain.
Our deceptive strategies are as personal and private as our deepest secrets. Deception is generally a high risk activity, and carries with it shame (if you maintain a sense of embarrassment) upon publication.
From a motivation perspective, a failed attempt at deception does not breed a willingness to stop deceiving.
Rather, an adjustment of deceptive strategy will be combined with a strengthened motivation to be even more deceitful.
From that perspective, it may very well be worth more to simply observe rather than win. Labeling a deceptive player to be exactly that will provide fuel for uncontrolled motivations to cause even more pain.
Your Weaknesses Are Exposed by How You Victimize Yourself
The act of calling out deceptive behavior typically includes making a couple of assumptions. Catching people in their deceptive ways isn’t exactly a scientific process. On the way to correctly guessing exactly how those we suspect to be deceptive are hurting us, we are forced to draw a number of unfounded conclusions.
Such an instance can include assuming that another person knows about, and perceives, your pain-spots as seriously as you do.
Someone’s act of ignoring you, for example, can vary in pain depending on your history with other individuals ignoring you.
You can thereby assume that a certain individual is being deceptive / malicious when they ignore your texts. With that assumption guiding your behavior, you can act out by voicing your displeasure.
Your weakness of being sensitive to selective bouts of radio silence would thereby be publicized when you voice your displeasure about being ignored. By assuming that people are acting in deceptive / malicious ways around your pain spots, you can make the mistake of publicizing such “weaknesses” of yours.
Even if others’ deceptive behavior is demonstrably true, be careful acknowledging them to be spot on in guessing and exploiting your weaknesses.
Deceptive behavior which is observed but not attended to gives its administrator no feedback on their efforts. By simply seeing and not reacting, you serve to keep information about your pain spots, weaknesses, and the general effects of others’ deceptive behavior under wraps. You give them nothing to grade themselves on, and would leave them guessing as to whether their deceptive ways were authentic attempts at causing pain.