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answered by LEGEND (6,021 points) 6 13 26
I think that smart-shaming is really a thing. It has always been something that People who are learned deal with. Especially when they find themselves in an environment where ignorance is dominant. Sometimes when you try to correct people or educate them about something, they feel intimidated. Then they downgrade themselves to make you feel bad or they bad mouth you.

Smart-shaming in my opinion is a problem. It is the ones who aren't confident enough and do not want to learn that smart-shame others.They feel it is condescending for someone else to educate them. This gives rise to bullies in younger children. This makes some who are really smart lose confidence since they are always put down. A society will not improve if this sort of behavior is rampant.
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answered by ELITE (3,054 points) 8 35 66
Smart-shaming is really a thing. I think most of us have been in situations where the people we are talking to tend to interrupt or cut us off mid-sentence just because they think that what we are saying makes them look ignorant. People like these are hard to deal with since they are too close-minded. They always think that you are trying to show off when in fact you are just trying to share what you know.

Smart-shaming then hinders people from engaging into valuable discourse and poses negative connotation against smart people. Unfortunately, this "culture" is now so rampant. Perhaps, because most people are afraid to not have something to say or to be lectured at.,Personally, I think this should stop. Instead of mocking people for doing their best to educate others, we should further encourage them to be critical and to enhance their intelligence.
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answered by LEGEND (6,086 points) 3 27 50
I have to admit that I don't really understand this until it is happening to me. Whenever I am sharing something and I am very confident to explain why it is happening, another person will say "okay you are the smartest, we all know". I will laugh because it is kind of funny to cut me but then when it is happening a lot times then it is really bothering me. I starts to shut my mouth when I am in the same crowd because I know once I say something they will surely cut me. It is not friendly at all. On my side, I am just explaining what I know. I am not trying to be smart and a know it all kind of person, but what I really know, that is what I am talking about. I think other people think I am too smart or showing off but I am not. It cause misunderstanding and instead of helping them now, i tend to be quiet. I think some people have this insecurity.
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answered by VISIONARY (9,009 points) 7 16 67
I have gone through this as well and I think the best bet is ignoring the people doing this and it should always be in ones memory that the person smart,-shaming you just wants you to be intimidated and I love my self because it never work on me.

I don't think it really a thing for me because I'm proud of myself and I don't have esteem issues but it could be for others because it might shut them up,makes them have low self esteem, turn them to dumbo,as in making one to feel shy of contributing intelligently and can make some people feel depressed

People react to things differently and as such it might not  mean much to one person but could take a different hateful dimension for another.
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answered by LEGEND (6,082 points) 7 21 49
Yes, smart-shaming is a social issue that is eating into the fabric of society and if not nip in the bud as quick as possible it could be become one of those social problems. I tend to wonder what one would gain in attempting to pull his fellow man down all because he feels he is more intelligent than him. It is really an unthinkable thing to do especially if it is perpetuated in a such a way to downgrade and mock someone perceived smarter.

Sadly, smart-shaming is done to people by those that are of average or below intelligence. It is terrible that they can make you feel bad for only correcting them for mistakes made by them. They could as well go as far as portraying themselves dummies just to make the intelligent one look stupid for been more smarter than his fellow man.

On a concluding note, we should accept that there must be people around us who are smarter than us, and we'd need their weath of intelligence for corrections and guidance.

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