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  •  and too many people are afraid of saying... (0+ / 0-)

    .... "I don't know," because they're afraid it will mean that they're stupid or weak compared to an opponent.

    If someone is confident of themselves in any field of knowledge, they wouldn't be so defensive about what they don't know in some other fields.  

    And if someone has decent knowledge of a given field, they can always say "as far as I know (blah blah blah) but I'm not an expert so that might be incorrect."

    Also there's the unfortunate linguistic problem whereby the word "wrong" means "bad" as well as "incorrect."  So for anyone who is convinced that the slightest mis-step in life could cast them into hell, they have a huge psychological stake in never being "wrong."  

    This is an issue of emotional traits (personality) more than intelligence in the sense of IQ or knowledge in the sense of education.  There are plenty of people out there who aren't "smart" or "educated" but who aren't all tweako defensive about it: they might just say e.g. "I'm a pretty simple guy but what you said makes sense..." because they're confident of themselves in their own lives: their work, home, family, friends, whatever.

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 02:23:02 PM PDT

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