“Uh huh.” (insert head nod here)
“Right. Right. I see.” (fake smile)
“Yeah, that just amazes me.” (look to immediately defer elsewhere)
“That makes total sense.” (sniffle, step back, look at the ground)
Stop it. Please.
It’s clear you don’t understand what we’re talking about. But instead of just saying so, which directly or indirectly admits your uneducated to the point(s), you fake it.
Fake it ’til you make it, right? Wrong.
Next time just ask a question. Be intellectually secure enough to admit you don’t know everything, but you’d like to learn more. Plead ignorant and wade deeply, vulnerably, into the desire to grab knowledge. I can respect that. I can respect someone willing to be open and learn.
But intellectual insecurity, and faking it. You’ll go nowhere with that.
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