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I Am More Intelligent Than I Let On

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    I Dumb Myself Down - I dumb myself down for people. I've always been a really smart girl, but whenever I talk to people they tell me that I'm "just way too smart for me"...
    earth2bella earth2bella 22-25, F 10 Responses Dec 1, 2007

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    I Am More Than I Let On - I'm in the state where I'm playing dumb.  I am pretending to be dumb.  lol.  I am more intelligent than I let on. 
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F Mar 1, 2011

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    I Don't Answer Questions - In my women's lit class this semester my professor constantly bombarded me with questions then I would fumble with the answers. She would then say, "...
    pinkspikes pinkspikes 22-25, F Nov 30, 2007

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    I Am Not In-intelligent. - I don't dumb myself down. I don't turn my brain cells off. But sometimes I wait for the appropriate moments. The appropriate people. I have some friends...
    itsmesally itsmesally 22-25, F Aug 31, 2010

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    Love Playing The Dumb Girl Card - I work in a male-dominated industry in a role that requires extensive negotiations. I learned a long time ago that if I pretend not to know...
    sassyg1rl sassyg1rl 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2010

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    Bouncy Bouncy Where Did I Put My Brains??? - I am quite a complex person but one thing I am not is stupid! Though being silly and crazy is so much fun. Sometimes being the smarty...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 4, 2008

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    Well people treat you differently if they think you're super smart. One of my teachers pointed out that I had an "it factor" and he didn't see me in the $50,000 year job (which is...
    blackxrosexyuuki blackxrosexyuuki 18-21, F Apr 2

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    No Need to Show Off ... - I know everybody likes to be admired smart & Intelligent Me either But I dont wanna show off that I am one Intelligence is there and you know...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 20, 2009

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    It Is Rare - It's rare when someone cares to know about your intelligence or to take the time to listen to your thoughts, ideas, philosophies, theories, and so on... --But to take...
    emdi emdi 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 2, 2013

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    Sometimes I Purposely Act L... - Sometimes I purposely act like a dork and just goof off to omake my friends and lover laugh. I wish my friends and lover had more self confidence...
    questionedestiny questionedestiny 18-21 1 Response Sep 4, 2008

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    Expectations Don't Match Reality - Sometimes I'm not sure if I hide my intelligence, or if it's overlooked by others because of my circumstances.  I never finished college...
    lunameow lunameow 31-35, F Oct 30, 2007

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    Yep - I read a lot, learn a lot and as result - know a lot. But I don't rush into sharing it with the whole white world. Why? Because I noticed that many people are afraid of smart...
    SunnySmile SunnySmile 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 10, 2010

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    It Is Not One Who Is First To Talk The Loudest.... - But, it is the one who leaves a lasting impression :)
    LLadynyc LLadynyc 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 7, 2011

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    I Am More Intelligent Than I Let On. - To most people who know me on here I might seem like a really strange random person. And well I AM. But I have a brain too. I will admit my...
    applescruffs applescruffs 22-25, F Jun 21, 2010

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    Intimidation - I guess I always try to make everyone around me comfortable. If I'm around other smart people, I'll talk on their level, but if I'm with people who aren't so smart...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 8 Responses Mar 26, 2008

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    Huh!?!? - I'm a pretty smart guy and don't really let onto things too easily, sometimes people think I don't know or understand, but maybe that's what I want them to think...
    SoMuchToSay SoMuchToSay 31-35, M 1 Response May 8, 2008

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    Blonde Jokes - I work my *** off to have some semblance of intelligence, but sometimes it just doesn't show..... ...like last night when I tripped over air, fell down the stairs...
    SweetbriarPoet SweetbriarPoet 22-25, F Sep 4, 2008

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    I Usually Do Not Converse Too Deeply In Person - But every once in awhile I will tell you something and you will know I have a lot of knowledge on many different things. I just...
    Kindal Kindal 46-50, F 6 Responses Jul 3, 2010

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    It's Easier For Everyone. - I do come across as being quite clever to a lot of people -- but at an interpersonal level I generally act a little silly and less intelligent because...
    Mitosis Mitosis 16-17, M 4 Responses Jun 8, 2008

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    The Art Of War - I like this little story: "Tu Mu relates a stratagem of Chu-ko Liang, who in 149 BC, when occupying Yang-p'ing and about to be attacked by Ssu-ma I, suddenly...
    gruntumolani gruntumolani 46-50, M Aug 30, 2010

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    Over the years, I've gained a good bit of intelligence from simply listening to observing others, while acting like I have no clue what they're talking about. This has come in...
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M Mar 9

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    Selective Idiocy May Pay Loads Eventually (S.I.M.P.L.E.) - Playing Dumb?  I've elevated it to an art form.  Thus far, it's been a necessity, but I'm hoping it'll pay off...
    Colormevibrant Colormevibrant 46-50, F 8 Responses Aug 13, 2010

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    If It'll Get Me Something I Want. - you better believe i'll act stupid if it'll get me something i want. out in the real world, i've found that acting helpless and confused will...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2007

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    Don't Know Why - I guess it's because no one excepts a blonde to be intelligent. It's a stigma or stereotype. Once people are around me and begin to know me longer they realize...
    lilyofthenile lilyofthenile 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 13, 2008

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    Sitting At the Back - Usually when I was at school, I just basically sat at the back of the classroom watching what was going on. Most people then took it as me being not very...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F Nov 12, 2007

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    When It Works For Me - Unless there's something tangible in it for me I won't volunteer to answer a question in most situations, if it's an opinion someone's after I'm slightly...
    Powderblue Powderblue 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2009

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    I Do Let It On - What happens? people dont like you. People do not want to listen. When you show what you know and are confident of it, people give you crap for it. But be strong...
    rpyromaniac rpyromaniac 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 4, 2008

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    My grandfather always told me that the can that clinks the loudest is often the emptiest. Food for thought :)
    traveltheworld13 traveltheworld13 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 9

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    Hell Yes! - especially at work....what you dont know they cant ask you to do...and yes it does take a special effort....its hard to be witty and play dumb at the same time but they...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 29, 2009

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    Only Ep Readers Know the Truth - When I spill my guts here and talk about all the jobs, careers, etc that I've done I sound like a really big smart ***.  I may be that too...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 8, 2008

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    I Always Act Dumberer Than I Am. - It's the only way to seem amiable in some (most?) situations. I mean--you've got your everyday, average people with nothing better to do than...
    twitchinggreengrasshopper twitchinggreengrasshopper 31-35, M 6 Responses Aug 30, 2010

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    Intelligence - well it hard to bring the real smart stuff out cause my thought process is going a million miles an hour.  i can analyze everything in my head but i try to...
    jmx931 jmx931 22-25 1 Response Dec 16, 2010

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    How Smart - I believe that people find out fairly quickly that I am bright, but what they underestimate is how intelligent I am. For the most part, I'm not interested in showing...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 12, 2008

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    I too like women's clothes far more than men's clothes. To illustrate this, I currently own more than 100 dresses and gowns. I Own 2 men's suits. I have over 50 pairs of women's...
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    I've tried to reach out. No one has time or has made time. I'm going to just do me. I can make my own happiness and be my own friend,right? Lets wait and see how this goes.
    Quanitta Quanitta 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 9

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    A pretty face can make me blush, but intelligence and a good heart can make my heart flutter and mind fill with them. I've looked at so many people on here thinking they were...
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    Someone who has a great personality makes them instantly more attractive. It's usually the people who are often over looked by others because they may not be as attractive as some...
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    Don't mistake my kindness for stupidity. :)
    QueenS0fia QueenS0fia 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    you may not think it but i always understand situations and what is going on around me i just choose not to except what i have seen or heard if it is something i do not like :(
    Hemanwar Hemanwar 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 23

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    It's not a skill, it's just good software.
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    You might never be able to tell but I am always judging you.
    projectgwyn101 projectgwyn101 16-17, M Apr 1

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    I pretend I don't notice things people do and say, I love analysing behaviour and can read people pretty well straight away.
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    You’re scared of the way I make you feel because you don’t want to feel anything.
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    A man with a wonderful personality will get you through the many hardships of life. However, a man with good looks will only get you through boring nights. It serves no purpose...
    KeithPrice94 KeithPrice94 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 21

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    Personality makes me give that girl the key to my heart... Looks just make me close it with a lock...
    latinounico latinounico 22-25, M Mar 22