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"I am a good person" is almost a guarantee of some interpersonal or professional trouble.
"I am a great mother" is a signal of possible involvement with child protective services by one who has previously been accused of child abuse or neglect.
Barak Obama is the greatest president ever.
If you don't believe this, just listen to him now; he'll tell you.
The need to assert one's own greatness is a signal of weakness. In analysis, we seek to judge the appropriateness of the weakness, allowing it to reveal itself "weak" or "strong."
In recent weeks, Barak Obama has taken to the world to tell everyone:
After the defeat of his hand-picked candidate, his dismissive juvenile taunts and insults, with the complete world media shamelessly shilling for her, and his party's tremendous losses in the Senate, House and gubernatorial races,
he would have beat Donald Trump in an election.
After creating the power vacuum that led to ISIS, a great death toll in the Middle East, a mass migration to Europe by Islamists, arming Iran with technology and cash, as well as the various military humiliations we have endured (including the first naval surrounding of a vessel without firing a shot),
he says; The United States is stronger militarily, than it was 8 years ago.
Where terrorist group Black Lives Matters visited the White House regularly, and received Soros back funding, and the complicity of main stream media, and tensions between races being extreme...
Obama says race relations in the US are better now, than they were 8 years ago.
And on it goes...all without a direct challenge from anyone in media, post election. Media and elite complicity was seen in the Chicago 24 hour torture of a man with developmental disabilities. It was classified as "youths" who have "made mistakes" rather than the racial supremacist crime it was. The public outrage, using social media to out flank the deceptive reporters, caused the officials to 'change' the language to "hate crime."
These are statements made, not in news conferences as a result of questions, but in "open statements" by Obama.
This need to assert can reveal, in analysis, great weakness and even absurdity.
Here is an extreme example.
The defense of Amanda Knox, via hyperbole, is a good example of such, as "the investigation broke every rule of every investigation by every investigator in every country..." while repeatedly inflated the subject's resume, over and over. This absurd level, rather than defend Knox, brings greater suspicion, while revealing the subject's own methodology, priority, thinking process, personality and...
likely some personal history in investigations. It is not something that lends confidence to justice seekers within law enforcement. One can only imagine what it was like being a subordinate of this type of personality and thinking.
In Employment Analysis, there is an acceptable level of "need to persuade" because, after all, this is what a prospective employee is attempting to do: persuade us to hire.
"I am a hard worker" is a reliable statement. It does not tell us the definition of "hard work" but tells us that the subject believes himself or herself to be a hard worker. Therefore, in the interview, not only can we ask, "tell us what 'hard work' looks like, allowing the subject to give us the subjective definition, but we can get even stronger insight by asking:
"Tell me about your co-workers..."
For one who says,
"I am a very hard worker" we know that "hard work" is now sensitive as the need to call on the adverb, "very" is used.
We ask the question, "why?" at this point.
It is here we learn the cause of the 'weakness' of "very" in analysis. We tag it as "weakness" but this is a technical term. 'Weakness' that is justified is strength.
"Tell me about your co-workers..."
When one says or writes, "I am a very hard worker", the subject is comparing himself to others. In this question about co-workers, we often learn that there are two basic reasons for someone to assert that they are "very hard" workers:
1. They are not hard workers.
2. They are hard workers who outwork those around them.
In the former, the weakness is unjustified, but a statement of projection of laziness, while in the latter, the weakness is justified, showing it as strong, via comparison.
Those who have been accused of laziness by an employer will often write, "I am a very hard worker" on their employment questionnaire.
Those who are hard workers who have worked alongside entitled, lazy and disinterested workers will write on their employment questionnaire:
"I am a very hard worker."
The analyst is taught to discern which it is before the interview by context. If the context is not clear, the answer must be found in the interview process if the analysis shows the subject worthy of an interview.
Companies are saved much time by this screening process, but more so, companies are spared the impact of thieves, liars, and professional scammers; all of whom successfully gain money
There is a strong difference between an assertion of characteristics and an assertion of the person, as a "person", with no applicable characteristic.
"I am a good person" is a strong signal that this subject has either been considered, or considers himself, "not a good person", that is, morally.
Keep in mind: this must be in an open statement; not in an interview, as in a response to a question or even an accusation.
"I am a great mother" is found often by clinicians in Methadone clinics in the early screening process where the applicant is asked, "Tell us about yourself" in some form. The association to some form of child protective services is evident.
In employment setting, "I am a good person" is almost a guarantee for trouble.
This person is very likely to have been accused of being immoral, with "morality" defined culturally and subjectively. For one to make such an assertion today, with situational ethics and moral relativism, the analyst (and the company) should consider very carefully the origin of this claim.
What is a "not good person" look like today?
This subjective understanding is going to be different than it was a generation ago;
This subject understanding is going to be very different than it was just a few years ago.
It means to explore areas in which even the most insensitive conscience may be offended.
Consider this from the perspective of a company in need of a good, reliable worker:
Would you like to hire someone who:
is eradicate, almost like "Jekyll and Hyde" personality; getting along well on Monday, picking needless arguments on Tuesday with wild mood swings;
may or may not show up;
early some days; alate other days and no show-no call yet another;
will work very well one day, but fall asleep on the job the next;
will appear very honest one day, but in an impulse, steal on the next day?
Yet, your government will not allow you to ask, "Are you using heroin?" in the interview, even though the government, itself, is not going to be subject to the same restrictions you are.
With drugs comes neglect, theft, instability...and trouble.
In an employment analysis, an applicant was deemed "language of addiction" in the conclusion.
It took the applicant less than a month to fulfill the analysis.
Addicts in recovery speak differently than addicts in danger. Those in recovery reveal an almost 'forceful' truth and personal responsibility and use almost exclusively singular pronouns in questions dealing with accountability. It is central to their ongoing sobriety that no one takes blame and no excuses are made. This can translate into a rigorous employee in the right setting.
Analysts are trained specifically to pick up deception indicators and once this is at a proficient level, analysts then move on to the advanced work of content analysis and psycho-linguistic profiling. This is where they discern the subject's background, history of experiences, priority and personality traits.
There may come a time where you can and should assert your skills. The "need to persuade" is not the same as it is in a criminal statement. We can, and should not think more of ourselves, nor think less of ourselves, but give an honest report of our skill set and what we have to offer a company.
It is when the weight of priority shifts from truthful reporting to weakness that must be discerned to protect companies, departments, and even individuals from all manner of trouble.
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