This is an extremely profitable glitch to exploit. Get good at it and you can get people to do pretty much anything you want
The example on my mind is scammers. Making people feel like only an idiot would fall for scams is a brilliant way to get them to fall for it AND stay quiet if they do. But there are many more examples
Just. I don't know. Please be conscious that this is a brain glitch that exists, and that none of us are immune to it. My life improved so much when I started putting effort into decoupling my personal worth from how smart I was
Value kindness and making people's lives better instead, is my point
@diligentcircle Yeah, I don't think I've fully unlearned it yet but I'm working on it.
I just really hate how prevalent the attitude of "being right at all costs" can be even in leftist circles, which you'd think would know better.
Emil Socks' personal instance!
@socks It comes from a way of thinking about people as on a hierarchy, with superior "smart" people at the top with high "IQs", and inferior "dumb" people at the bottom with low "IQs". Largely invented to enforce white supremacy. It encourages putting people down to make yourself feel "smarter", because if you're not one of the "smart" ones, you risk being one of the "dumb" ones. That means everyone's on edge and insecure about their place in this socially constructed hierarchy.
We've learned to fully reject the hierarchy. It took a lot of effort, but was very worth it. Not only does it make us more secure in our mental capabilities, it also provides a much more accurate lens for understanding others.