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    Default "People are stupid"?

    Someone told me yesterday that they don't like being around people, because almost all people are stupid and don't think for themselves.

    What's up with that? Is it a type-related thing? Or something else?

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    Frustrated intellectuals rationalize their social incapability with that line. I don't know if I can say I am completely free of that kind of thinking, but I am getting better... I'd guess you will find that attitude among introverted intuitives more than the rest of the people.

    EDIT: I guess I will never escape the attitude that people as a mass will do idiotic things without stopping to consider what it is that they really want. But if I didn't see that I like and need people I would have done the same thing, I would have run along with my theories and not stopped to feel that I cannot go on without people.

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    Thank you, nolla -- "frustrated intellectual" is a possibility. And "introverted intuitive" might fit the person. I couldn't figure out anything to google, and I'm usually Great with Google. Typing in "don't like people" certainly didn't do the trick. And I found that many descriptions of introversion stress that 'introverts don't like people' is a myth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeafAndSky View Post
    And I found that many descriptions of introversion stress that 'introverts don't like people' is a myth.
    Yeah, it is a myth, if taken literally. The introverts are, in my opinion, more likely to be awkward socially and introverted intuitives are more likely to dismiss the reality and go into their head and rationalize their shortcomings. So, it seems like the combination that would tend to come to the conclusion that people are stupid. It is not that the person wouldn't like people if they could get close to them, but he is afraid of that so he needs to explain this to himself in a way that takes the responsibility away from him. "It is not my fault, but theirs".

    Quote Originally Posted by LeafAndSky View Post
    I couldn't figure out anything to google, and I'm usually Great with Google. Typing in "don't like people" certainly didn't do the trick.
    Have you tried "antisocial personality disorder"? I don't think that's what you are looking for, necessarily, but you might as well check it out...

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    Sometimes I'm in agreement with the sentiment, and offer my sympathy if someone points out some reasons that are bothering them. I'd like to think it's just venting... and sometimes people should just let it all out when venting. If someone made a habit out of really believing all or most people suck though, then it's a problem.

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    My friend says that too. I called her on it and she pointed out to me that most people are actually not that intelligent. I don't really know if I agree because I haven't really gotten "into it" with other people sufficient to evaluate their intellect, but I do find it a little hard to connect to people. I'm usually forced to shut that part of my personality down.

    Example: I was at a party tonight and people were socially stroking each other, saying shit that wasn't funny and laughing and making eye contact to make sure everyone else was laughing. I automatically think people like that are alien beings who live without really contemplating things and feel like an outsider. I haven't determined if that thinking is accurate or healthy.

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    Lol.. Well, I'm laughing more at that. Making eye contact to reassure themselves, I mean. I actually would have laughed at the absurdity probably.. I love seeing awkward shit like that.


    Umm, were they under some pressure to social stroke and over please to the point of laughing at bad jokes? Is something at stake? Or was it just a party?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    Lol.. Well, I'm laughing more at that. Making eye contact to reassure themselves, I mean. I actually would have laughed at the absurdity probably.. I love seeing awkward shit like that.


    Umm, were they under some pressure to social stroke and over please to the point of laughing at bad jokes? Is something at stake? Or was it just a party?
    Just a party, but I think most people interact this way. At least, most people in LA. They laugh to avoid social friction and seriousness. It really bothers me, but I don't say anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xNTP View Post
    Just a party, but I think most people interact this way. At least, most people in LA. They laugh to avoid social friction and seriousness. It really bothers me, but I don't say anything.

    Ah..

    I try to avoid friction and seriousness too, but like I said, I'm well aware of the lameness there. In that respect, I'm no different than you. The thing is, I can't help but laugh. I guess, in my own way, by laughing, I'm a critic about some of the lame things I see people do,but I'm not a very serious one. Not sure if my approach is right, but don't let it bring you down too much.

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    was it a bitter, warped, late teen/early twentysomething who rarely gets a date or gets laid?

    if so, I think the answer should be clear!

    (those are the usual suspects for being misanthropic little pricks)
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