I have a question that i have been thinking about for a long time but cannot get an answer to. So i'm putting it up for discussion it is:
"Why are 'know-it-alls' perceived negatively?"
This might sound a bit silly, but let me explain: If you show off how much you know on a routine basis, people tend to find you annoying. It is not an attractive trait (or so i find, i could be wrong!) but really from a psychological point of view it doesn't make a lot of sense:
i wanna hear your thoughts! try and keep it scientific if you can haha, i'm looking for a psychological answer not a philosophical answer!
- you are showing confidence in your own knowledge, confidence being a widely considered attractive trait
- you are demonstrating intelligence, also more often than not considered positively
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Psychology of "know-it-alls": a challenge watch
- Thread Starter
- 05-03-2013 09:09
- PS Helper
- 06-03-2013 20:20
Because a know it all is perceived as persistently highlighting others lack of knowledge, or not giving them the time to get to the answer. Demonstrating immodesty which is considered unattractive, and arrogance can be associated, or overconfidence.
Why didn't you just think about why you don't like "know it alls"