Have you ever been too afraid to ask for advice from a colleague because you didn’t want to sound dumb?
Well, you’re not alone. Studies show that people are less likely to ask others for assistance if they are told they will be judged by their peers on how “stupid” they appear.
However, what studies also found is that people actually perceive you as more intelligent and more approachable in the future when you seek help from them.
Who would’ve thought? This video will explain to you the science behind “looking smarter”—and how to not overdo it.
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Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author