1. Pseudo-intellectuals always think they are right
An intelligent person has the ability to listen to and digest someone’s point of view and then make an informed decision based on it. On the other hand, pseudo-intellectuals are not interested in understanding the world or a different point of view. They just want to increase their own self-esteem. Also, instead of listening to you, they are too busy formulating their brilliant response.
2. They seek to impress, not inform
For pseudo-intellectuals, it’s all about looking good and making a good impression. They like to use complicated words and phrases (even if they are out of context) to show everyone how extensive their vocabulary is. His only motive is to impress other people.
3. They do not do intellectual work
A genuine intellectual person puts a lot of work into an intellectual quest. On the other hand, pseudo-intellectuals don’t do real work. They may tell you that they have read various classics of literature. But in reality, they may have only read summaries!
4. They use their knowledge as a weapon
Smart people want to share their knowledge. They want to pass it on, not use it to embarrass others. But pseudo-intellectuals do. They just want to show their intellect and look down on others.
5. They inject their intelligence into inappropriate topics
A pseudo-intellectual will want to make sure that you know how smart you are. One way to do this is to hijack a conversation. In a very simple conversation, they will start to pressure you to discuss irrelevant ideologies. These will have nothing to do with the topic in question. You may be talking about what to eat for dinner and they will start a debate about British rule in India!
6. They like to start discussions
What better way to show your intellect than by participating in debates and discussions! Whether it is politics, religion, philosophy, modern technology, or any other topic, the pseudo-intellectual is always ready to participate.
7. They claim to be a know-it-all
Pseudo-intellectuals always have something to say about everything. They seem to have all the answers, even if they weren’t part of the conversation in the first place. They can be “experts” in medicine at one point, and then become “expert” economists!