You can't handle the truth! This is often an internal cry of the Socialised Maverick which often leads to disengagement or annoyance with the people that they are interacting with. Mavericks get very irritated and distrustful when they come across people or organisations who are not truthful.
Socialised Mavericks get incandescent with rage when someone tells them there is no such thing as the truth.This concept of there being 'no such thing as one truth' is particularly upsetting to Socialised Mavericks because it goes to the heart of their identity. It is as if you are saying that there is no such thing as integrity or honesty.
You can't handle the truth: the myth that objective truth doesn't exist
Objective truth is something that is true for everyone, it is not based on beliefs or personal experience. For example the 'earth orbits the sun' is an objective truth. Relative (or subjective truth) is something that is true to you but might not be truth for me. For example 'Brad Pitt is the most handsome man on earth' is a relative truth.
Most people live in the realm of relative truth and therefore feel that Mavericks are being pedantic when they insist someone is lying because they aren't upholding objective truth to the high standard that it needs to be considered. It is important because Mavericks are annoyed when others insist that a Relative truth is the Objective truth; or that they dismiss the possibility of Objective truth.
The purpose of Mavericks in problem solving
Mavericks are great myth busters and rate less individuals who can't be objective or flexible in their thinking. This is generally because of the differences in how individuals think. When a Socialised Maverick is required to problem solve or analyse something - they look for the objective truth of the matter. Once this is found they will then consider relative truth as a method of understanding how to influence others. They see relative truth in others as a way to learn about the individual, and then how to influence them whether that's their thinking or actions. One of the problems that Mavericks face is the persistent believe that YOU can't handle the truth!
Mavericks can be amazing thinkers, mainly when they have honed their skill in separating their own (and others) biases and belief systems from the data in hand. This helps to explain why mavericks can come up with some innovative and novel solutions to the problems that they face.
Socialised Maverick leaders look to empower objective truth saying and problem solving in the people that they lead. They understand that this builds credibility, reputation and competence in individuals which in turns makes them more successful.
Whenever I have worked with clients, big or small, I have lead the march for the search of objective truth in the problem that they are facing. Regardless of whether the problem lies in a data set, leadership team, or operational problem. Once the objective truth is found, you are able to solve the problems that it has presented.
You can handle the truth ...
(Objective) truth really will set you free, enabling you to envision and engender powerful, successful solutions.