If I am assigned a work and i know how to do it but I will say i do not know because I do not want to work.

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    Why would there be a psychological term? Isn't "liar" accurate enough? – user323578 Apr 17 at 12:04
  • Of course one must consider motivation -- how many people, when asked to clean a dirty bathroom, would claim that they didn't know how to do it? – Hot Licks Apr 17 at 12:04
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    (It's often called "shirking'.) – Hot Licks Apr 17 at 12:04
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    @HotLicks I was thinking "lazy bastard" – WendyG Apr 17 at 12:27
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    POB. One might call them "lazy", "liar", "irresponsible", "unconcerned", "happy-go-lucky", "unhelpful" but none of these are specific for "knows but doesn't want" – Centaurus Apr 17 at 13:44

The (more general) term incongruence (incongruent person here) comes to mind. It is the opposite of congruence defined as 'matching of experience and awareness'.



If they choose to say they don't know how to do it, it's because they have no real escuse except that they are lazy and unconcerned. In such context I would use these two adjectives.

  • lazy Not willing to work or be energetic,

  • unconcerned (not involved : not having any part or interest) suggests a lack of sensitivity or regard for others' needs or troubles.


I would say

"A work-shy person".

According to Cambridge Dictionary :



​ - disliking work and trying to avoid it when possible:

// Most of the unemployed are not work-shy and genuinely do want jobs.

One more word which can be appropriate here:


from the verb

to malinger

intransitive verb

: to pretend or exaggerate  incapacity or illness (as to avoid duty or work)


: to pretend to be ill or otherwise  incapacitated in order to escape duty or work; shirk

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