I thought this thread might be an interesting place to discuss one's own shortcomings and what motivates behaviour which in retrospect is cruel, illogical or cringe inducing, and what we may have learnt from such experiences. As I have gotten older and look back at my past behaviour (although I'm still only in my 30's) I realise that for quite a long time I have acted with a 'superior' and/or 'smug' attitude. Not only that, but I thought I knew the world better than everybody else, I had an opinion on everything, and always thought I was right about pretty much any subject that was being discussed. I did not realise it at the time just how irritating I must have been (although I'm sure enough people hinted at it to me), and it got me thinking why I acted that way - is it because I think/thought I am more intelligent than other, indeed are 'intelligent' people more likely to act in such a manner, or is this just the way all youth's think and act? Growing up I was always interested in science, history and other subjects that most people considered boring or 'geeky'. As a result most of my family referred to me as 'the clever one in the family' - although today I don't see myself as particularly clever, I have a wide range of general knowledge, but I struggle with more advanced science such as equations and physics. Back then however I thought I was god's gift to the world, imparting my wonderful snippets of knowledge, interrupting and interjecting into conversations as soon as there was even a hint of something I might know about in order to show the world just how clever I was. It wasn't until a few years ago when I observed a similar pattern of behaviour in someone else and thought to myself "what an irritating self important little tit" that I realised that I did the exact same kind of thing... Since then I've forced myself to take more of a back-seat in conversations allowing people to talk about whatever they want, rather then attempting to steer it towards things I 'know about' in order to feel important. And I think it's won me a few more friends along the way! So how about you guys, what realisations have you made as you've matured - do you think intelligent people (or those who think they are intelligent) are more likely to act in a superior/irritating/condescending manner, is it something you do and are trying to change? Comments welcome Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!