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Security Investigations Archive

How to Negotiate with a Narcissist or Psychopath

Monday, May 9th, 2016
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Narcissists and psychopaths can be very charming and persuasive and there is no shortage of these types of undesirables in the world.

You’re likely to encounter such jerks regularly in business or your personal life and you need a concrete plan of action to limit your risk.

One of the easiest things you can do is limit your communication to e-mail and text. Avoid in-person negotiations as much as possible.

University of British Columbia’s Michael Woodworth, professor of psychology, says, “We can also conclude that it is very likely that the qualities that allow these people to successfully charm, manipulate, intimidate or exploit others appear to require a live, in-person audience.”

Also, “…the ability to smoke out narcissists and psychopaths becomes easier…” once you “…remove non-verbal cues such as body language from the equation.”

Those other tricks of the trade that exploiters use, such as indistinct put-downs or backhanded compliments, manipulative undercurrents, or invisible poison darts are a lot more difficult to do through e-mail and text. Plus, the scoundrels realize e-mails and texts offer digital proof of their game.

Aside from the tip above about using e-mail and text, there are other ways to identify narcissists. You can limit your risk by learning to deal with undesirables. The difference between reasonable people and jerks is measurable.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

A Reliable Supplement to Trusting Your Gut

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
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Trusting your gut as a consistent means of discerning the truth takes practice.

It’s rare that someone’s gut instinct is so powerful, and they trust it so implicitly, that they’re seldom wrong.

Most people struggle with the intermittent battle between intuition and reason, with the power of the subconscious mind dominating behavior far more than acknowledged.

This article lists some helpful tips to strengthen your gut instinct. In particular, giving yourself time constraints in making a decision based on your gut instinct, such as thirty minutes, helps to make your intuition a stronger part of your decision-making process.

Even though I value gut instinct, I recommend having multiple sources, including my nontraditional security investigations, to supplement your intuition.

Key decisions are too easily influenced by hidden biases or an emotional attachment to the outcome. The cost of objective decision-making supplements is immaterial compared to the expense and security risk of a bad decision.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Handwriting Analysis and IQ Score–Q & A

Monday, March 7th, 2016
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Handwriting analysis is one of my favorite ways to analyze personality but it won’t tell you your IQ score.

Question:
“Does my terrible handwriting have anything to do with a lower IQ?”

Answer:
No, it doesn’t.

Untrained in handwriting analysis, what you interpret to be terrible handwriting may not include any personality red flags at all.

How it looks to the average person has almost nothing to do with authentic character hidden within over 300 handwriting analysis indicators.

Many very intelligent and successful people have what appears to be terrible handwriting.

Also, many sociopaths have what appears to be impeccable handwriting.

An Intelligence Quotient measures problem-solving abilities, yet according to this article, an IQ score doesn’t measure emotional intelligence or “…knowing how to make things work…(practical intelligence)…”

Perhaps a high IQ score largely reflects a talent for taking IQ tests.

Handwriting analysis effectively measures innumerable factors related to human intelligence, including logical thinking and ability to make distinctions—many traits that have to do with practical intelligence (that the IQ tests don’t measure).

“In other words, the better they did on the IQ test, the worse they did on the practical test and the better they did on the practical tests, the worse they did on the IQ test.” Robert Sternberg

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Compatibility Secret Revealed: The Real Reason You Click

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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The anatomy of a two-person connection in which either extreme—great harmony or absolute discord—prevails isn’t a mystery to me.

I realize my views are controversial, but I simply report the results of my empirical research. My long-term findings show the way things are between two people is a natural, unique condition that can’t be altered.

It fascinates me to delve into the fundamentals of a congenial business partnership or personal relationship, or the opposite, one with incessant conflict.

Time and time again, the extremes in the comprehensive patterns of my systems of analysis are striking, imitating life.

Taking the advice, “just try to get along,” ultimately won’t make much of a difference, just as thinking warm thoughts won’t allow you to avoid frostbite.

The following considerations are often cited for the level of harmony between two people, but in reality it’s more about their innate compatibility.

  1. Problematic subconscious fears and defenses including personality red flags such as stubbornness, excessive bias, dishonesty, vanity, jealousy, irrationality, and resentment make a connection between you and another person worse, but they are separate from the unique, innate level of harmony.
  2. While tact, modesty, sincerity, objectivity, dependability, emotional maturity, discretion, and other admirable qualities serve to enhance partnerships, both partners having these qualities in excess and lacking red flag personality traits still won’t override a horrendous, inherent bond.
  3. The destructive and remorseless behavior of a sociopath is unconnected to your inborn connection with her.
  4. Having similar values and interests have nothing to do with the actual, natural level of harmony between you and other person.
  5. Having the same sort of background has nothing to do with the innate compatibility between two people.

The real reason you click with another person is because the unique, measurable energy is simply amiable.

Whether you’re, “willing to work at it,” or not is immaterial.

Authentic compatibility is not a choice, it’s unvarying and endures forever, and each two-person connection is different.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Decision-making Ability Revealed Through Handwriting Analysis

Monday, February 15th, 2016
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Decision-making ability is necessary to be successful in life and handwriting analysis effectively measures this important character trait.

“A director makes 100 decisions an hour. Students ask me how you know how to make the right decision, and I say to them, ‘If you don’t know how to make the right decision, you’re not a director.’” George Lucas

A good leader must have good decision-making ability. She is decisive, not vacillating, and lacks fear of finality.

Good decision-making ability greatly increases your potential for success in life, as do these three specific personality traits.

This Entrepreneur article outlines seven important points to help you improve your decision-making ability, including avoiding the temptation to make snap decisions just because the circumstances seem familiar. A very common mistake is ignoring the inherent risk of relying entirely on your gut instinct.

You need clarity to make decisions, and my findings underscore the adage that timing matters. Life consists of never-ending, various phases of time, some rewarding and some challenging.

As I say in this blog post, “Select ominous periods of time relate to everyone, such as during phases of concurrent universal afflictions, but much more often it’s more personal, as related to comprehensive natal and timing charts. Sometimes it’s both. The periods can last for months (even years), or for days or mere hours.”

You can strive to make the most of your circumstances by working through your decision-making process when your timing is most favorable.

Handwriting analysis, part of my unconventional security investigations, is a reliable method to identify decision-making ability.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Handwriting: Means of Mental Development and Personality Analysis

Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Handwriting is a key component for mental maturation and a shockingly accurate means of personality analysis.

The contention that computers, smart phones, and other technology will replace the need for writing is shortsighted.

Handwriting won’t ever become obsolete. Even though people are writing less due to technology, almost everyone still writes, even young people.

Consider some of the many ways people will always need cursive: you learn better when you write it down instead of type or text; the need to be able to read cursive will always exist–e.g., the U.S. Constitution, many other historical documents, and letters your ancestors wrote are in cursive; cursive gives your brain a mental workout so it’s especially good to utilize as you age. Handwriting also helps to dynamically advance cognitive development.

Handwriting analysis is a key part of my systems of analysis in identifying personality traits. I’ve found it to be one of the most objective and non-discriminatory methods of discerning subconscious fears and defenses, including red flag character attributes.

I analyze cursive and printing equally well, and the script of any language can be analyzed. All that is required is the copybook form (i.e., the standard by which the writer learned) of the writing to use as a basis for comparison.

Writing longhand can also provide tremendous psychological release. Remember the last time you poured your feelings into writing a letter to someone close to you, or even to yourself?

The art of writing is too valuable of a practice to abandon. 

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Warning: First Impressions Are Frequently Unreliable

Monday, February 1st, 2016
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First impressions are sometimes accurate, yet other times they aren’t.

Unfortunately, they can’t be relied upon for consistently accurate personality analysis.

You may get a feeling about someone upon first meeting, but trying to determine specific personality red flags—and the magnitude of those red flags–is a different matter entirely.

Consider some of the things people attempt to determine upon first meeting you: trustworthiness; intelligence; emotional maturity; leadership ability; whether you are an extrovert or introvert; and a lot more.

According to a Harvard psychologist, the two most pressing concerns people have when they meet you are “Can I trust this person?” and “Can I respect this person?”

Are you a physical threat, and are you a thief? Are you a traitor, or a backstabber? Are you to be admired or despised? Will you be a source of embarrassment?

According to an article in the Guardian, perception of others is clouded by subconscious fears and defenses: “Although our rapid cognition is fairly accurate, it’s still possible for us to misread someone the first time we meet them. No matter how shrewd you might think you are – and most of us like to think we’re a good judge of character – we are subject to all kinds of cognitive biases, which stretch and distort our judgment.”

Listen to your intuition upon first meeting someone, yet also apply objective, rational thought. It’s also a good idea to utilize various methods to detect dishonesty, for example, to confirm any suspicions.

It’s possible to find out if you can trust someone before it’s too late, but first impressions aren’t a consistently reliable method to discern trustworthiness and other important personality traits.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

How to Know if You Can Trust Someone

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
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Contemplating whether or not you can trust someone can be extremely stressful.

Business or investment partners, employees, romantic interests, family, or friends—regrettably, you’re vulnerable to betrayal from everyone close to you, and even those who aren’t.

It’s one of those not-very-pleasant facts of life, but thankfully it’s possible to minimize your risk of betrayal.

This Psychology Today article offers some helpful tips.

The author relays a simple example of how to discern if someone is intrinsically motivated to do the right thing: “Lately, it seems that more drivers are actually speeding up to prevent me from entering their lane on the highway. Since drivers have nothing to gain or lose by being nice, I see it as an indicator of how intrinsically motivated people are to do the right thing.”

Surely, you can think of dozens of similar examples (e.g., how he treats wait staff, or his children in private, and so on), and by observing the subject over a period of time, you can get a good idea of his or her honor.

However, what do you do if you lack the time to observe the person for weeks to figure out if they are fair-minded, even when it’s not convenient, and even when they think nobody is watching?

One option is to hire a private detective or security investigations firm, though it can be very expensive.

Another option is to rely on gut instinct. However, your subconscious fears and defenses color your intuition, particularly while under pressure.

Your first impression may be that a prospective business partner is perfect, when she isn’t, or that a new friend is of good character, when he’s far from it.

It’s too bad that gut instinct isn’t a reliable method to consistently discern a person’s true motivations.

Another way to gauge a person’s honesty and integrity is through my unconventional security investigations.

The ability to trust is a different matter, though if you can’t trust anyone, at least you’re more likely to avoid betrayal.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

How to Limit Confrontation

Monday, January 18th, 2016
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According to an article in Entrepreneur, confrontation in the workplace can be healthy and fruitful.

The author wisely suggests that confrontation “shouldn’t be a defensive maneuver or a counterattack.”

That’s good advice since there will always be aggressive, hostile, and argumentative people in this world no matter what you do.

You can’t make undesirable people disappear just as you can’t eliminate life’s other unpleasantries, such as taxes and jet-lag.

The simplest way to limit confrontation is to avoid troublemakers as much as possible. But first you must be able to identify jerks.

Alas, confrontation still occurs between two people who aren’t jerks. It’s a fact of life. A lack of significant personality red flags doesn’t guarantee there won’t be any conflict between you and another person.

The worse the innate compatibility is between you and someone else, the greater the natural conflict, thus the more clashes you’ll be forced to endure.

Identifying conflict resolution styles can help you deal more effectively with confrontation.

By all means, strive to generate empathy, calm, and a commitment to peacefully resolve confrontations. Conflict will always exist in varying degrees between you and others, based on personality red flags and the innate, unique compatibility between two people.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Consistency is a Crucial Leadership Trait

Monday, January 11th, 2016
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According to this article in Inc., consistency is the most important leadership quality.

Surely, a consistent personality is desirable in a leader, but it may not be the most important attribute.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines leadership as, “capacity to lead,” “the act or an instance of leading.”

Scores of personality traits contribute to leadership ability including, but not limited to the following: self-confidence, initiative, reasoning ability, persuasiveness, enthusiasm, determination, objectivity, and decision-making ability.

Although it’s difficult to report to an unpredictable and inconsistent individual, the aforementioned traits are just as vital as consistency.

As much as the characteristics listed above make a true leader, other attributes detract from leadership ability, including but not limited to, the following: tendency to manipulate, domineering behavior, vanity, resentment, lack of emotional balance, narrow-mindedness, dishonesty, perfectionism, and lack of discretion.

All of the personality traits listed above, particularly in extreme cases, are detectable in my non-traditional security investigations.

Certainly, consistency is a key leadership trait, yet not the only one, and leadership ability is wrecked by many red flag personality characteristics.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo