10 ways to look smarter

10 ways to look smarter

Forget about putting on glasses or carrying a book, here are 10 tricks to appear smarter, based on scientific studies ...

Unfortunately, it seems more and more that an intelligent person gets very involved in work, but apparently work is something that intelligent people prefer to avoid.

Fortunately, looking smarter is much easier than being really smart.

Top 10 tips to look smarter

1. Talk to the expression on your face

It is not what you say, but how you say it.

Appearing to be intelligent can be achieved if you show a lot of enthusiasm with what you are saying, even if it is complete nonsense.

To sound smarter, you must put more energy into your voice, and allow the tone and volume to vary from time to time. Another tip, try to HIGHLIGHT the important words.

2. Cover yourself

Apparently, it has been observed that intelligent people do not show much skin. The true "geek" covers your body almost completely from head to toe. That's why they tend to be so pale.

So, if you want others to think that you are truly intelligent, then do not wear short or very tight clothes.

Now, more seriously, studies show that when people see exposed meat, it makes them think of the body, rather than the mind (Gray et al., 2011).

Therefore, keeping your body covered makes others think more about your abilities and that you are a bright brain.

3. Have more eye contact

There are cultural differences here, but Westerners often value those who maintain more eye contact as someone self-confident (as long as the eye contact is not a spooky variety).

There is also a tendency to associate greater eye contact with more leadership capacity, strength, greater aggressiveness, less anxiety and more intelligence in general.

4. Go to sleep later

People who are smarter tend to go to bed later and get up later.

One study examined the sleep habits of Americans 20,745 teenagers and found that on a weekday the "least smart" went to bed at an average of 11:41 and woke up at 7:20.

On the contrary, the "very bright" went to bed at 12:29 and got up at 7:52. Over the weekend, the differences were even more pronounced.

Sounds like a joke, but it's true, here is the academic reference where the study is described: Kanazawa and Perina (2009).

5. Worry a lot

They say that ignorance is a blessing, and "they" may well be something.

That is because people of high intelligence are more prone to anxiety than those of moderate intelligence.

Therefore, appearing to be very worried about something gives the image of being smarter.

6. Smile

According to the new study published in the journal PLoS One (Kleisner et al., 2014), it reveals that when judging people by their facial appearance, there was a relationship with smile and intelligence. The study found:

"… A correlation between the countenance of emotions of joy or anger in the perception of intelligence high or low in faces, respectively. High intelligence faces they seem to be smiling more than low intelligence"A similar pattern has been described for the perception of trust.

On the other hand:

"... Low intelligence faces are perceived as unreliable and are considered more angry."

In the other words: frowning makes you look more stupid and smiling makes you look smarter.

7. A firm pose

Don't just limit yourself to the smart smile, use your whole body for this purpose.

Standing up, sitting with your back straight, approaching other people in a confident way: all these behaviors have been shown to increase how important and confident you may seem to others, and also how smart you seem to them.

8. Rename

People whose names are easier to pronounce, seem more trustworthy than those with names that are difficult to pronounce, is something that has been seen in a recent study. The study was inspired by the idea that they do not necessarily weigh the veracity of what we hear on an objective basis (Newman et al., 2014).

A couple of names were used as an example to see its impact: "Andrian Babeshko" and "Yevgeny Dherzhinsky".

In one part of the experiment, participants were asked to describe how dangerous a person seemed, based solely on their name. In another experiment, participants imagined that they were trying to choose the safest guide for a trip.

It was finally revealed that people with easier-to-pronounce names were more likely to like each other, and even be chosen.

Newman said:

"What we now know from these results, is that the consequences of having easy-to-pronounce names go much further than previously"

celebrities do it all the time: they are always reducing their names to something short and agile to be more valued. Why not do the same?

9. Use the middle initial

Another (easier) option is to adopt or emphasize its initial mean (this is more common in Anglo-Saxon names), as it has been shown to convey greater status and intellectual power (WAP van Tilburg & ER Igou, 2014).

For example: Hi. I'm Jeremy H. Dean. Nice to meet you (instead of saying: I'm Jeremy Henry Dean).

10. Just believe it

Yes, indeed, studies show that only the belief that people can be smarter is enough to make them smarter (Aronson et al., 2001).

Therefore, do not be paralyzed by stereotypes, limiting beliefs or other mental obstacles.

Just believing that you can be smarter is enough to make you look smarter.