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Study Finds Sarcastic People Are More Creative And Intelligent

Study Finds Sarcastic People Are More Creative And Intelligent

We’ve long suspected that sarcasm equals a larger than normal intelligence. I mean come on, those snarky comeback don’t write themselves, if you smell what I’m stepping in. Luckily ,Harvard and Columbia Universities have done the legwork for us and conducted a study to verify our expectations.

How The Study Was Conducted

People were divided into three groups. Those that expressed themselves sarcastically, earnestly, and neutrally. Researchers interacted with the different groups requesting creative tasks to be completed. Then judged how the tasks were completed.

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Findings

The sarcastic group showed “enhanced creativity.” When faced with creative problems, they were able to come up with creative solutions. They were able to think abstractly and to take a different spin.

Drawing Conclusions: Intelligence and Sarcasm

A sarcastic person often is looking outside the box to draw conclusions and express opinions. This is why some believe that intelligence is linked to sarcasm in the first place. If you have to look at things in new ways, then you are more likely to look for new solutions to problems. If you know that you might have a little different way of communicating you may look for social openings to communicate that way. This shows an emotional intelligence as well, if you are able to tone down your replies to better match to the situation you are in.

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The Bummer Side: Creating Conflict

If you speak sarcasm to a person that doesn’t communicate that way, you are more likely to create conflict. Even if you speak sarcasm to sarcasm, there could still be a conflict unless a certain trust with that person has been established. That means you may want to make sure that people are on your same page before unloading all your fantastic wit on them. I mean you should really do that anyway. No need to waste your grade “A” material on someone who doesn’t appreciate it.

Sarcasm Requires a Speaker or Listener

Something to keep in mind is that the intelligence is in the speaker and the listener. The speaker does looking outside the box to communicate. The listener has to put together the bread crumbs to see where things are coming from and judge the tone of the conversation. Facial reactions are judged, as well as vocal tones to establish if the person is being genuine. This is why sarcasm is so hard to read through texts (even with emojis) because there is no way to judge the persons intent. Does she really mean that smiley face? Or was she just covering?

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A Final Study Takeaway

The study says that the people in the study “demonstrated enhanced creativity following a simulated sarcastic conversation or after recalling a sarcastic exchange.” This means that communications in this way get our creative juices going especially when they are had with people that communicate in the same way.

The important thing to take away from this study is that yes, if you are sarcastic you probably have a large chance of increased intelligence. Sarcasm is not the preferable method for communication in “new friend” situations though. It’s a way to communicate once trust has been established. Unloading the brunt of your sarcasm on someone that is unsuspecting can damage the relationship before it starts.

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Please take a look at the following links for additional information:

Lori Chandler gives some hilarious commentary and historical examples of sarcasm. She explores the meaning of the study more indepth. http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/im-so-sorry-my-sarcasm-is-making-me-more-creative

Additionally this link will take you the actual study to draw your own conclusions.

Featured photo credit: Suit and Tie/johnhope14 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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