Why are some very smart people so quiet?
Answered by: Susanna Viljanen,Educator ESL and Western business knowledge
Because empty barrels clank loudest.
The answer is twofold. First, the more intelligent you are, the more aware you are how much you don’t know and don’t understand, and that makes you humble.
Most smart people like to listen as much - or even more - than just speak. They can be easily detected by keen and intensive eyesight - they observe everything around and imply a mind ready to absorb knowledge and wisdom.
Second is the social pressure. Being smart is being different, and humans are social animals. And the first law of animal sociodynamics is that different individuals are torn into pieces. It isn’t the dumb kids who are bullied by the smart. It is the smart kids who are bullied by the dumb. Hiding your lamp under the bushel is a basic survival skill. Being quiet and not bringing your opinions, visions and knowledge forth is surviving sane and/or alive.
Smart people are perceived as weirdos, freaks, geeks, loonies and eggheads, and their behaviour as eccentric, arrogant, gibberish and incomprehensible. Being smart is just as much curse as it is blessing.
According to an old adage, even a dumb man can pass as a wise as long as he keeps his mouth shut. The same applies also the other way.