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Do you ever pretend to be stupid?

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  • 16-08-2012 3:52am
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    Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭


    I do it all the time. One of my friends figured this out and is outraged.

    Thoughts?


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 34,567 ✭✭✭✭Biggins


    ViveLaVie wrote: »
    I do it all the time. One of my friends figured this out and is outraged.

    Thoughts?

    I don't have any - I'm too stupid.


  • Registered Users Posts: 745 ✭✭✭csi vegas


    Yes, well I have the most innocent face so I do ham it up a bit when needed, especially when confronted by boss-like people and the such.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,372 ✭✭✭im invisible


    Stupid is as stupid does


  • Registered Users Posts: 833 ✭✭✭southcentralts


    I pretend to be smart,it works on people who are stupid.


  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ViveLaVie


    Stupid is as stupid does

    The fool doth think he is wise but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 827 ✭✭✭WumBuster


    Apparently George W Bush acted more stupid than he was to appease the American public. See below



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,215 ✭✭✭✭Grayson


    A female friend once told me she hated it when her friends dumbed themselves down so they could get guys to like them. I was shocked. But it did explain some of the comments I'd heard women come out with in the pub.

    I play stupid in work sometimes. Well, not stupoid, but I definitely tone it down.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,734 ✭✭✭J_E


    Sometimes act stupid because I'm worried people will see me as some sort of smartarse. Lately though I've figured out it's really them that's the problem and not me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,670 ✭✭✭Doc


    Why would anyone do this?:confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,076 ✭✭✭Eathrin


    No, I'm pretty comfortable with my intelligence. I can interact with others without shoving this in others' faces but that doesn't mean I dumb myself down!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,071 ✭✭✭TheStook


    If someone I don't know that well says something that I know isn't true confidently, I won't correct him/her or anything. I'm not sure if that counts as acting stupid


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,030 ✭✭✭✭Chuck Stone


    Doc wrote: »
    Why would anyone do this?:confused:

    It gives the pretender a psychological advantage. It puts the pretender's prey at ease that he is superior of mind.

    If the pretender asks stupid questions the prey may adopt a parental/protective role which can be used by the pretender for all sorts of manipulative shenanigans.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,674 ✭✭✭Dangerous Man


    WumBuster wrote: »
    Apparently George W Bush acted more stupid than he was to appease the American public. See below


    Interesting vid. I remember Michael Moore claiming something similar although I think his argument was more that by acting stupid, Bush could plausibly plead ignorance should he need to - e.g. in the case of a possible impeachment. Clinton was impeached for a hell of a lot less...


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,090 ✭✭✭jill_valentine


    Grayson wrote: »
    A female friend once told me she hated it when her friends dumbed themselves down so they could get guys to like them. I was shocked. But it did explain some of the comments I'd heard women come out with in the pub.

    This is a recognised thing, and a lot of women don't even realise they're doing it. It's been studied over and over, and it's been proven that women perceived to be dumb are considered superficially more attractive. Women respond in kind by dumbing themselves down in the presence of males they find attractive.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9289125/Men-more-attracted-to-women-who-act-dumb.html

    I see it happening, and I see it working, and I find it incredibly frustrating.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,061 ✭✭✭leggo


    It's a decent tactic for the right (usually professional) situation. People gravitate towards others that they feel more intelligent around, so it's an easy trade off to play dumb around them and they'll eventually tell you everything they know. They don't see you as a threat, after all. You also see a person's true colours a lot quicker once they start to monologue around you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,670 ✭✭✭Doc


    It gives the pretender a psychological advantage. It puts the pretender's prey at ease that he is superior of mind.

    If the pretender asks stupid questions the prey may adopt a parental/protective role which can be used by the pretender for all sorts of manipulative shenanigans.

    That might work for some people but I just don't like hanging out with stupid people so would avoid them.

    In work I never wish to seem stupid and certainly don't want to actively try to be seen as stupid by anyone.

    I really don't see the advantage of acting in anyway other then yourself among your friends.

    If you are intelligent but act dumb among friends then in my opinion you're not just acting stupid you are stupid.


  • Registered Users Posts: 102 ✭✭Tweedle Dumb


    Chocolate. definitely chocolate cake is my favourite...


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,915 ✭✭✭cursai


    Who's acting..........


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,029 ✭✭✭SusieBlue


    I used to always pretend I didn't know what was going on in school so teachers would leave me alone. They'd tended to ignore the kids who wouldn't speak up and shower attention on the attention seekers so if I was asked a question I'd pretend I didn't know the answer just so they'd leave me alone.

    I pretended I didn't know how to work the stock scanner in work so they'd get someone else to do it cause it bores me to tears. They wouldn't waste the time training me to do it anyway.

    So if those classify as pretending to be stupid, then yes I do.

    Pretending not to have a braincell in your body to impress someone is a completely different thing, I can spot it a mile, I know loads of girls that do it cause they think its funny, but really, they just look like tools cause everyone can see through it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,664 ✭✭✭policarp


    A lot of people say that I pretend to be stupid after having a good few drinks, but I know it's them being stupid, 'cause they can't understand me. . .


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 27,944 ✭✭✭✭4zn76tysfajdxp


    Pretend? No.


  • Registered Users Posts: 776 ✭✭✭Tomk1


    Doc wrote: »
    Why would anyone do this?:confused:
    It gives the pretender a psychological advantage. It puts the pretender's prey at ease that he is superior of mind.

    If the pretender asks stupid questions the prey may adopt a parental/protective role which can be used by the pretender for all sorts of manipulative shenanigans.

    Agree always makes me think of acting Columbo
    the KISS Method. "K.I.S.S" is an acronym for "Keep-It-Simple-Stupid". When the salesman employs this method they will behave as if they are too stupid to answer the customer’s questions. In other words, by acting stupid they won't answer any questions that they don't wish to answer.
    ....
    The "Colombo Act' is a popular variation of the "KISS" method and is often used during price negotiations. This is when the salesmen will model themselves after the bumbling television character "Colombo". In other words, they will act incompetent while actually controlling the pace and direction of the conversation.

    The salesman maintains control of the customer by acting as though they don’t possess the capacity to answer exotic questions like price and payment. Not to mention, the salesman's act of incompetence may give the customer a feeling of superiority which leads them to rely on a false sense of being in control.
    www.hoopdi.com/guide/index.php/Car-Dealer-Secrets/The-KISS-Method.html
    Well worth a read.

    Like Bertie I'm just a simple common man & of course no smart people would fall for this, too smart you know ;)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,079 ✭✭✭Reindeer


    Occasionally I'll not only play stupid, but also draw the retro-racism card. If someone approaches me or accosts me in a manner I don't feel like bothering with, whether they are rude or aggressive or annoying, I will often just say, "No English".


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,674 ✭✭✭Dangerous Man


    I sometimes pretend to be a cunt. Other times I'm not pretending.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,919 ✭✭✭✭Gummy Panda


    Grayson wrote: »
    A female friend once told me she hated it when her friends dumbed themselves down so they could get guys to like them. I was shocked. But it did explain some of the comments I'd heard women come out with in the pub.

    This is a recognised thing, and a lot of women don't even realise they're doing it. It's been studied over and over, and it's been proven that women perceived to be dumb are considered superficially more attractive. Women respond in kind by dumbing themselves down in the presence of males they find attractive.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9289125/Men-more-attracted-to-women-who-act-dumb.html

    I see it happening, and I see it working, and I find it incredibly frustrating.

    But women never dumb themselves down around me...



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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,986 ✭✭✭Red Hand


    Yep, I often do it. It's sometimes good to keep your cards close to your chest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭dave3004


    I do it sometimes but not often.

    Louis Theroux is excellent at it and it is basically his entire interview technique


  • Registered Users Posts: 256 ✭✭Echoes675


    I would do it when liaising with any kind of tech support but in such a way that my answers actually steer the conclusion my way :) such as warranty repairs/replacements etc.. Internet connectivity issues. If they are fobbing me off with some kind of rubbish answer/suggestion I'll let them know that I actually do know what I'm talking about and get my way that way. (I work in a company providing support for the IT infrastructure in the NHS/GP surgeries across the UK so am more proficient than most of the "tech guys" in call centers out there)

    I know this is a bit manipulative but it's just easier cause invariably these guys are so glued to their script that if you let them know you know your shít they can't seem to handle it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,084 ✭✭✭✭Kirby


    It's hard to explain but I found myself pretending to stumble over words when growing up to fit in more.

    My mother shoved alot of books in front of me as a child. Because of this, my vocabulary was far superior to pretty much everyone elses. But nobody likes a know-it-all so I would "um...." occasionally even when I knew exactly what word I was searching for and it was a fake pause.

    I still do it to this day from force of habit.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,758 ✭✭✭✭TeddyTedson


    Certainly not on boards in all and any ways.


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