Always playing dumb? Psychologists teach you to avoid being stupid

Do you often play dumb? Whether it's saying the wrong thing, accidentally making an inappropriate gesture on a certain occasion, or doing an endless number of confusing things. In fact, all of these can be avoided, to see what psychologists say.

"Oh my God, what the hell am I doing?" "How many times a day have you said that?"

In fact, "playing dumb" has nothing to do with intelligence, even the smartest people, there are times when they are confused and out of line.

However, what can be called "stupid"? What is the definition of "stupid"? The Washington Post reported that Balazs Aczel, a psychologist at the University of Roland in Hungary, and two other researchers collaborated to collect a large amount of data and conduct interviews, and found that the definition of "dumb" was highly consistent (nearly 90%).

In general, there are three types of situations that can be called "stupid".

1、Think you can do it

If the vernacular is "where is the confidence". Simply put, a person over-inflated their own ability, thinking they can do something, but the actual ability is not so strong.

For example, a person who has been drinking thinks he is fine and can still drive on the road. Or, a thief who steals a cell phone, but doesn't realize that it has a GPS device, so the police can easily catch him.

Respondents considered this type of "stupidity" to be the most stupid, with a score of 8.5 out of 10.

Balazs Aczel said, "This tells us that people generally think that misjudging their own abilities is the stupidest thing they can do."

2、Losing control

When a person loses the ability to control themselves, they are also considered to be playing dumb. This includes saying the wrong thing, doing something inappropriate or making a decision, etc.

Balazs Aczel says that this kind of stupidity is often associated with "obsession, difficulty in control and addiction. For example, a person may get so caught up in playing video games that he or she forgets or simply cancels and doesn't do more important things.

3、Fantasyland

Some people inflate their tires too much and end up with a flat tire on the road. When someone gets off the train and rushes into a parked car, they find that they don't know anyone inside. Balazs Aczel attributed this situation to the fact that the distractions are stupid.

Is it stupid to do stupid things?

The three situations that Balazs Aczel's team summarized as dumb give us the greatest insight that the environment and psychological state increase the likelihood of a person being dumb. For example, a person's intake of substances (food or alcohol) or being over-hyped can cause them to misjudge their abilities.

Thus, being too sure of something, doing too much at the same time that affects concentration, or strong emotions that can lead to out-of-control behavior can trigger people to do stupid things and behave foolishly.

Daniel Kahneman, the 2002 Nobel Prize winner in economics and a modern-day master of behavioral economics, has found that intelligence may instead make it difficult to find simple answers.

Kahneman was unable to find out why, but his hypothesis was that when asked to solve a mathematical problem, a smart person might think that he or she could not make the same mistake that others would make, and then, after thinking about it, he or she might be "smart enough to make a mistake".

The above hypothesis is in line with the first type of "stupidity" that Balazs Aczel summarizes, namely, self-inflation.

The key to avoiding stupidity is humility, says Balazs Aczel: "The worst thing is when someone looks confident, but not rational, and then they're stupid."

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