Have you ever been accused of being sarcastic? I have…all the time. I admit it, I own it, even though it is being used toward me as a put-down. Well, I have the last laugh for the critics of my sarcasm.
According to a new study by Harvard:
“The highest form of intelligence: Sarcasm increases creativity for both expressers and recipients,” researchers explain how being sarcastic can actually increase your IQ.
“Sarcasm — expressions that intend to convey their true meaning by signifying the opposite of their literal meaning — affords creative benefits,” the authors of the paper wrote.
In the study, people were asked to comment on a variety of issues and topics. Some gave sarcastic responses, some gave sincere responses, as you would expect. What they found was those who were greeted with sarcastic responses though voice intonation or physical expression were seen as more intelligent and more creative.
“While sarcasm in a non-trusting relationship fuels conflict,” they wrote, “sarcasm in a trusting-relationship is less harmful and may even bring individuals closer.” So, as long as there’s a sense trust, sarcasm “allows individuals to reap the benefits of creativity without incurring conflict.”
So, rather than be ashamed of, or cautious of your response, embrace your more creative side and give a hardy, “Riiiight” or “um…OK”…