12 Of The Most Annoying Things Smart People Do. This Is So True It Hurts.

Everybody would like to consider themselves as being near the top, or at least above average, on the intelligence scale. But then you run into someone who can't help but be head and shoulders above the rest, and they're not always the most tolerable people.

While of course we love our smart friends, there are some habits smart people have that can get on our nerves. Here's a few of them...

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1/12. Being overly-verbose on subjects they consider themselves experts in.

2/12. Inappropriately correcting people.

I.e., the guy who's always interrupting other people with, "No, actually..." Watch yourself if you have a tendency to act like this because it's really bad about disrupting the happy flow of an interaction. This is especially true if you're correcting something that's minor and tangential to the point the speaker was trying to make.

There are times when it's necessary to point out someone's error, but it's not when a friend is excitedly telling a story about their vacation and you bring things to a screeching halt to explain they couldn't have possibly flown on the type of plane they said they did. It's even worse if you correct people in a curt, condescending, blunt, rude, abrasive, or exasperated manner.

3/12. Smart people hate to share information, especially if it's something they discovered on their own.

Smart people consider two sources of knowledge: 1. public domain knowledge (things taught at schools and acquired from libraries and online sources) and 2. self-learned knowledge (those you learn from your own quest for more, untaught knowledge).

Smart people thirst for more answers to the endless questions about life and most often than not, on their journey to gaining more wisdom, they seek these answers from their own quests. Once they are in the possession of such knowledge, it makes it hard for them to freely give it to others by the very reason that if someone so badly wants to know how x and y goes, one must go seek it out on his own, the way the smart person in question has done.

4/12. Assuming that because you're an expert in one field that you're an expert in all fields.

Expertise in one or more areas can lead such people to conclude that they are experts in other areas they know very little about, and when smart people fall prey to the Dunning-Kruger Effect, the scale of their epic failure is that much greater. Nobel prize winners who made complete fools of themselves outside their fields: William Shockley, physicist and eugenics believer; Kary Mullis, chemist and homophobic HIV denier; Brian Josephson, physicist who believes in telepathy and the authenticity of Taco Bell; and Linus Pauling, chemist and peace activist who believed that vitamin C would cure cancer and the common cold (nope, completely useless). Ada Byron Lovelace thought she had developed an algorithm to predict horse races....she hadn't accounted for the notorious-to-everyone-else corruption.

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5/12. Do you know the smartest move I did as a so-called "smart guy"?

I've learned to shut the hell up and let other take the glory for once, and that's how I learned to outsmart even the smartest of them all, by learning to listen to something other than my own voice.

6/12. Showing off.

It can get pretty annoying at times, especially in a classroom where a 'smarty-pants' will try to answer all the teacher's questions first in an effort to prove their intelligence. This takes away a learning opportunity from other unlucky students.

This year I have the misfortune of sitting next to one such person. I appreciate that I can ask her for help, but it's slightly annoying when she talks over others to give the right answers. It's even worse when she turns around and tries to tell me something about the class that I already know, and I don't really like how she underestimates everyone else's intelligence.

Having said that, she can also be helpful and mentally stimulating. It's very enjoyable discussing topics with her, especially when it's a discussion and not her just telling me the answers (she took the class last year).

7/12. Being extremely stubborn when they run into something they aren't good at.

8/12. Getting overly discouraged when others aren't enthusiastic about their interests.

A brainy person may become interested in an esoteric and/or highly technical topic and feel discouraged when everyone seems to brush them off when they try to talk about it. They may start to feel alienated and question whether they have anything in common with their friends, and if they're too intelligent for most people and are doomed to a life where they'll constantly have to dumb themselves down.

Overall I think intellectual types should find like-minded friends, who they don't feel they have to hold back around. However, even fellow intellectuals aren't keen to discuss every topic. Many people have specialized interests that are boring and inaccessible to outsiders when talked about in any depth (e.g., playing an instrument, working on cars). They realize there's no point in bringing them up in day-to-day conversations, and save that for fellow enthusiasts.

It doesn't mean they're outcasts or that anyone who doesn't share their interests can't be a good friend for them, just that they accept they can't talk about everything they want to with everyone.

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9/12. Unnecessarily telling people about random trivia.

This one is usually pretty minor and harmless. Sometimes smart people have a lot of random information in their heads and they can want to share it with everyone. Sometimes they do this at the wrong time, or go on about it just long enough that it starts to bore everyone. For example, someone could be talking about their new puppy, and the smart person will chime in to explain the unique mechanics of how dogs use their tongues to lap up water. No one is horribly offended or anything, but at the same time they're looking at the person like, "Uh... Okay... Thanks..."

10/12. Being intellectually showy and arrogant.

There isn't much to say about this other than it's off-putting for its own sake. Who wants to be around some haughty or patronizing person who thinks they're better than everyone? Some other symptoms:

- Generally cultivating an air that you're extremely intelligent and knowledgeable.

- Thinking you have all the answers and discounting other people's input.

- Going out of your way to make intelligent-sounding statements, for no reason other than you want to show off.

- Writing in an overly wordy, abstruse style because you want to show how smart you are.

- Having a tendency to steal the spotlight in conversations and then expound on some issue you want to appear knowledgeable about.

- Going out of your way to let people know how effortlessly you comprehend a tricky concept or problem.

- Noticeably scoffing at people when they say something you feel is ignorant, or when they don't understand a topic that comes easily to you.

11/12. Assuming they are the smartest person in the room.

One thing that's annoying about smart people that have spent their entire lives around people significantly less smart than themselves is they assume they're the smartest one in the room all the time. Sometimes this happens to the point that they don't even consider the input of others at all, regardless of merit.

12. The same things hat are annoying about everyone...

What I find the most annoying thing is that the same annoying things are true about ignorant people. And those traits are being stubborn, willful, won't listen to another point of view, have to be right, and won't let you get a word in edgewise.


The most annoying thing is not being one of them.

Luckily, most people think they are part of the team. And they don't even consider the possibility they actually aren't.

Neither did I, just before you asked this question.

No problem, anyway. In a minute or so, I will rate myself again as the smartest guy ever.

Short term memory, when it's really short, is the greatest panacea.


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