/// Detecting Deception: Counterquestion
This is a series of intel about the specific methods of detecting deception for operatives in close proximity personal communicational scenarios.
Skilled and professional liars prefer to lie only when they need to. As they understand unnecessary lies carry the unnecessary risk of detection.
If conversationally possible, before or instead of answering a question with a necessary lie, they may try to avoid answering the question all together, ignore or change the subject, but not by keeping silent. The textbook tactic of dodging questions is to respond with a question instead of an actual answer.
Response tactics in this manner are often indicators of counterquestioning for the purpose of diverting the truth. To detect certain variables of deception, be alert to such types of “answers” to questions:
“What kind of question is that!”
“Why would I steal from my own company?”
“Do I seem like the kind of person who would do something like that?”
“What kind of person do you take me for?”
“Why would I lie?”
“Can I ask you a question…”
“Are you seriously asking me that?”
“Why don’t you tell me instead?”
“You think I’m that stupid?”
“Don’t you already know the answer to that?”
These types of counterquestions are almost always defensive in nature and therefore executed as such.
However, it’s not always obvious but can easily be spotted if you’re specifically looking out for them in an encounter where deception is expected.
Countering a question with another question in this sense is used to defend a lie, a “counterattack”.
Be alert to the signs of defensiveness behavior (metaphorical shields up and weapons drawn) in their responses and you’ll find their acts of deception.