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PI Tips & Tricks: Dealing with Bad News

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In many private investigation cases, detectives gather evidence that requires them to break bad news to their client.

In cheating spouse cases for example, the client often already suspects that their significant other is seeing someone else in secret. However, when a private investigator finds proof of infidelity, it can still be difficult to hear, as this kind of news isn’t exactly something anyone wants confirmed. Alternatively, a private investigator might loose track of a suspect while conducting surveillance, or simply not find any evidence at all.

This is why when you hire a private investigator, is it important to prepare yourself for any news you might receive—especially the bad kind.

Breaking Bad News

Before you hire a private eye, the very first thing you need to do is gauge whether or not they are a compassionate person. A private investigator doesn’t need to shower you with love and praise, but they do need to know how to deliver bad news without it feeling like a punch to the face.

Despite the private investigator’s techniques, bad news might still leave you feeling a little beat up. What might help to block the metaphorical blow is to request that the private investigator keep you periodically updated on the details of the case. Getting pieces of information instead of all of the information at one time might help you to feel more in control of the situation.

Receiving Bad News

Like anyone else, private investigators really don’t enjoy passing on bad news to their clients. However, it is a huge part of their job. The best private investigators will not lie to you, no matter how badly you might wish they would. Therefore, try not to develop any preconceived ideas that might impact your reaction to bad news. For example, if you believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that your ex-spouse is a terrible parent, but the private investigator determines that they are, in fact, a great parent, try to accept that “bad news” as fact.

Now, this next bit might come across as harsh, but it’s time for some tough love! It is so important to understand that it’s not the private investigator’s job to give you further support or help than what they’ve already provided. You hired an individual or company to provide you with the answer to a very specific problem. You did not hire that individual or company to play therapist. Don’t blame the private investigator for what they’ve found, and in some cases didn’t find.

Practicing Self-Care

Trust us. We understand more than anyone that receiving bad news is always a downer—even for people expecting to hear it. During this difficult time, the most important thing to remember is to surround yourself with your friends and family. These are the people who will provide support and help when you might not be able to cope on your own.

If you don’t feel that you have family or friends to turn to, seeking out alternative methods of care is always a good option. Seeing a therapist or other related physician will absolutely help you to move past your feelings and on with your life.

Questions? Comments? Looking for a private investigator? Why not contact the Smith Investigation Agency. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, we know how to develop lasting relationships with our clients. Contact us today!

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