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I Am More Intelligent Than I Let On

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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 often get me stuff. a few steps skipped in the process here and there. a string or two pulled. an escort so i don't get lost. the...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2007

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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 cluck about supramundane bullshit, the pseudo-intellectuals and the know-it-all renaissance-man wanna-be dumbshits who just like to hear...
    twitchinggreengrasshopper twitchinggreengrasshopper 31-35, M 6 Responses Aug 30, 2010

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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, but I don't usually talk about all this with coworkers.  iI have no friends so don't have to worry about that.  I'm going to...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 8, 2008

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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 in me or believed that I was smarter than I appear.   I believe that I am a lot smarter than I let on
    questionedestiny questionedestiny 18-21 1 Response Sep 4, 2008

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    Believe In Yourself..........

    "Believe" in Yourself! There may be bays when you get up in the morning and things aren't the way you had hoped they would be. That's when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. There are times when people disappoint you and let you down. But those are the times...
    Anto815 Anto815 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2010

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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 more likely to do it. I don't like the unnecessary attention and I'm not concerned what anyone thinks of my intelligence, or...
    Powderblue Powderblue 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2009

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    Ugh I Admit It

    technically speaking ... i'm a genius -_____-. when i was younger i used to act stupid because people thought i was. they treated me as someone who had no future on his own, they made me read from books that only had a few words on the page, i was always in the lower of the two...
    CaptainJackass CaptainJackass 22-25, M Mar 7, 2011

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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 pants is just to much hard work and my brain freaks out with all the strain. Thats when I go into suyper cute mode. Which is quite often really...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 4, 2008

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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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    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 bright. I let them think that. Towards the end of my school career, I know I did get more active and involved, it was then...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F Nov 12, 2007

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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 big one of these days! :-) Reasons I dumb down daily: 1.  People often expect it of me based on my outward appearance.  (what can I say?  I...
    Colormevibrant Colormevibrant 46-50, F 8 Responses Aug 13, 2010

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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 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 seem to buy it!
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 29, 2009

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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, "Did you read the story? Do you have your book? Anyone else?" Before giving me anytime to answer any of the questions...
    pinkspikes pinkspikes 22-25, F Nov 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 people. Especially men being afraid of smart women, despite their saying they like smart women. So I tend...
    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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    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 sometimes. I like to act a little goofy sometimes too and I think that makes people think I'm not all that bright, but...
    SoMuchToSay SoMuchToSay 31-35, M 1 Response May 8, 2008

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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, I talk to them on their levels. My husband is also very intelligent, and I can't stand to see him with his mother...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 8 Responses Mar 26, 2008

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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 it Wise man said ... "Foolish says he is smart but Smarter says he is fool" So Yeah ... I dig that ...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 20, 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, my friends. Eventually it will work itsself out.
    rpyromaniac rpyromaniac 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 4, 2008

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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" and that I shouldn't "talk so smart." It makes me feel really horrible, so I always play it off like I'm less...
    earth2bella earth2bella 22-25, F 10 Responses Dec 1, 2007

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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 and realized ten minutes later I had done the whole thing sober.
    SweetbriarPoet SweetbriarPoet 22-25, F Sep 4, 2008

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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 stories are not constructed at there best and my god do I have alot of damn typeos but common its just EP. I come here to relax and just get...
    applescruffs applescruffs 22-25, F Jun 21, 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 bring it out it just comes out in stutter.  if you really sat down with me and smoked a bowl with me and just...
    jmx931 jmx931 22-25 1 Response Dec 16, 2010

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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 it into consideration or merely think about the ideas themselves even if it is just to add on to their own mind...
    emdi emdi 18-21, F Mar 2, 2013

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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 it makes everyone much more comfortable.  No one wants to be around a really clever clogs because it's both boring and...
    Mitosis Mitosis 16-17, M 4 Responses Jun 8, 2008

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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 that I am logical, have common sense and can think outside the box. With no formal education, anything I learned has...
    lilyofthenile lilyofthenile 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 13, 2008

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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 that I know if I talked about the things I'd want to, they wouldn't understand. They don't like art. They don't like the music...
    itsmesally itsmesally 22-25, F Aug 31, 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 this side to too many people.  I think that it intimidates people which gets in the way of  my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 12, 2008

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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 handy numerous times when it comes to making sure that I don't make the same mistakes that others have, as well as knowing the sort of tricks...
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M Mar 9

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    Depends

        Sometimes I just don't say what I know is the correct answer (or pretty darn close) just because I feel like I'm being an answer hog.     I absolutely despise that. It's like when you're playing basketball and someone is constantly...
    xxbloodyfretboardxx xxbloodyfretboardxx 18-21, F Aug 29, 2009

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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 realized i'm my fathers child lol. He is like that but college educated. Mine is just learning from life and reading. Don't ever think just because...
    Kindal Kindal 46-50, F 5 Responses Jul 3, 2010

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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 (financial issues) and usually work in entry-level customer service positions.  I tend to never stick around anywhere long enough to...
    lunameow lunameow 31-35, F Oct 30, 2007

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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 something or to be technically ignorant, the guys I'm working with will reveal WAY more than they should about their position, giving...
    sassyg1rl sassyg1rl 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2010

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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 struck his colors, stopped the beating of the drums, and flung open the city gates, showing only a few men engaged in...
    gruntumolani gruntumolani 46-50, M Aug 30, 2010

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    I am so much more than I let on.... But people that were around me did not want to See that, they only wanted to see what they wanted, no one was interested in the real me..or...
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