Why Are You Reading This? I Can’t Stand The Feeling of Being a Jerk
The feeling of being a jerk, the feeling of not being liked.
That’s what’s fueling a growing phenomenon of people who think they’re smarter than the rest of us.
And, it’s getting more common in our culture, says David Gershenfeld, an author and professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.
The new research, published in the January issue of the journal Cognition, finds that people who are perceived to be smarter tend to show lower levels of empathy, a tendency that has been seen as an indicator of empathy.
When people are judged to be more smart than the average person, Gersh says, they tend to exhibit less empathy.
This isn’t because they’re less compassionate, Gans says, it simply reflects their perception that the world is unfair to them.
It’s not that they’re unkind, Giesh says.
It just seems like they’re being unfair.
Gersheff believes the findings could be a warning sign for people who would like to be a smart person.
“You have to understand, as a society, we’re not the best at recognizing who’s smart and who’s not smart,” he says.
Gans also says the study is consistent with what other studies have shown.
For example, researchers have found that people judged as smarter than others are more likely to be obese and to have higher levels of diabetes.
But that’s not to say smart people are necessarily more altruistic.
Gendersh says we can also learn from people who were judged smarter.
For instance, he says, people who’re seen as smarter by others may tend to make better choices.
So, it might be that people perceived as smarter are more motivated to help others and to do good in the world.
Giesheff says that the findings don’t mean that smart people should get out of their comfort zones.
Rather, he said, smart people need to work on how to stay in their comfort zone.
“It’s not easy, but it’s very important,” he said.
Gots says it could be possible that smart individuals are able to make choices that make the world a better place.
For one thing, smarts aren’t just about the ability to be smart.
It could also be about how they handle their emotions, he adds.
It might also be the way they’re able to connect with others.
Gains and his colleagues tested this idea by asking people to rate how intelligent they felt and how much they appreciated being smart.
They found that smart and less intelligent people had similar levels of appreciation for being intelligent.
So there might be some similarities between the two groups.
But they found that there was some overlap in how smart and uneducated people rated themselves and their own intelligence.
“We have a huge capacity to think of ourselves as better than others, but we also have this capacity to be very intelligent,” Gots said.
“So it could also mean that intelligence can be very useful in certain contexts.”
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