I was thinking recently about how people kind of alter their behaviour to appear a certain way (by dress or the way they talk or whatever).
Are there things some people do to appear more intelligent?
A guy at my school does everything he can to look intelligent. Apparently people who know him well say he is indeed intelligent, but not any moreso than any of the other kids in the gifted program. He gets the best grades in the grade and everything, too. Some people noted that he seems to do a lot of things to make himself look smart and then brags about his intelligence rather than actually being smart. He plays violin and talks about how much he loves classical music, he answers every question the teachers ask, and he studies as hard as possible to garuntee the best mark on every test.
This has me thinking, what are some of the things people may do to do this?
Here are some things I think people seem to associate (unaccurately) with intelligence. Some of these are things I've noticed, some of these are things I've heard from satirical websites like StuffWhitePeopleLike (so some of them are a bit more on the satirical side -but remember that satire always comments on reality to some degree).
-Studying in a european country
-Playing an obscure instrument no one has heard of from another country
-Classic music connesuir
-Foreign film collection
-Quotes John Keats
Do you think this really happens? Do you think it is desireable to be seen as an intelligent person, or an "intellectual" (I hate that word!)
And no, this is not my subtle way of asking advice so I can look smarter than that fool at my school
And, just for fun, how about other things... like how to be seen as a leader. What are some things someone would do/wear if they wanted to seem like a strong leader?