“I have no idea” or “I don’t have a clue” are deceptive responses.
Everyone has at least some thought or indication what may have happened. To say they have “no idea” is a way of withholding information.
If someone responds with this, let them know that you’re not suggesting they know what happened. You want to know what they think may have happened. Ask them to take a wild guess what may have happened. Their response may be an indirect way of telling you what they did.
What Do You Think Should Happen?
Another tactic is to ask them what they think should happen to anyone who did that. If they say something harsh, like “Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” “Hang the SOB by his junk in a public place,” or “Take him for every penny,” you’re likely dealing with someone who did not do what he is accused of, and truly wants the one who did it brought to justice.
However, if the punishment seems mild for the accused such as, “It was probably a misunderstanding,” “Sounds like there is a mental health issue that needs addressing,” or “Everyone makes mistakes,” then it’s a strong likelihood the person you’re speaking with did do it.
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As Managing Director of Concealed Statements I work with men and women who want to increase their deception awareness to avoid wasting time or money and avoid making poor decisions based on inaccurate information.