“People love to think you’re an idiot, so I try to keep my mouth shut and act dumb” – Travis Gerke
First of all why would you ever want to act dumb? The list below isn’t meant to be definitive.
- To escape the responsibilities that are forced upon intelligent people
- To have an inside joke with yourself (it’s fun)
- People generally don’t like friends or associates that are more intelligent
- Men like blonds better because of a false stereotype (i.e. dumbness)
- Who’s more fun, the jock or the nerd?
- If you act dumb, someone might volunteer to help you, then again you might not want it
- To get out of demonstrating to everyone else how a computer works
- The appearance of intelligence may be associated with arrogance
- Appearing intelligent will result in dumb people perpetually attempting to tear you down
So what are some tips on acting dumb?
When somebody asks for an item of trivial knowledge, keep a blank expression on your face. Let’s face it, trivial knowledge isn’t necessarily a sign of intelligence, but a lot of people associate the two. Distance yourself from the expression of trivia.
When somebody asks you what the capital of Maine is, ask innocently “Where’s that?”. Okay, I admit it, even I won’t go this far. Same with being asked who the current president of the United States is. If you pretend ignorance it could be construed as being unpatriotic.
When being taught something, ask unnecessary questions. This will put your teacher at ease, knowing that you aren’t more intelligent than him/her and won’t take their job. Or it might irritate your teacher. Both are valid reasons.
When first meeting somebody restrain yourself from opening conversations with “What is your opinion on the question of free will versus determinism?” It won’t convey your intelligence anyways they’ll just think you’re weird.
Refrain from starting discussions on complex logic problems such as, “If all horses are green and Red is a horse, what color is Red?” or discussing the paradox of “I always lie”. You may be held accountable for the short circuiting of lesser minds.
Study other people and try to emulate them in social situations (except where there might be physical danger involved, in such cases, act afraid).
Silence is a wonderful technique; you can act dumb without lying in the least. It is often assumed that knowledge will be volunteered in a group address, take advantage of this assumption. But then again, silence may be associated with contemplation or philosophical pondering, both of which are signs of intelligence.
I hope you enjoyed this lighthearted article on acting dumb. If you really are intelligent you shouldn’t hide it, you should face your responsibilities and fears.