“Bragging about your intelligence” – Revealing that you are smart or intelligent at any time to anyone is considered “bragging.” Never tell any other human being that you are smart! You don’t want to be a braggart!
“Bragging about your IQ score” – Revealing your IQ score to anyone at any time for any reason is bragging! That’s horrible! Don’t brag! Never tell anyone your IQ scored ever at any time. Keep it a secret until your death! You don’t want to be a braggart!
Honestly, Americans’ obsession with shaming anyone who admits to being smart is simply another aspect of their deeply ingrained anti-intellectualism, something that has been noted about this country for a very long time going all the way back to De Tocqueville.
After all, you allowed to discuss any other achievements you have made in life. You can talk about your success with women or how attractive others say you are. You can talk about how much money you make or how rich you are. In fact, the more you do this, the more dates you will get! It works like magic.
You can probably talk about how well you did in school because for some reason, this is ok, while IQ scores are evil!
You can discuss your physical prowess or how good you are at sports. In fact, you will get more dates if you do that too.
You can talk about how good of a job you have. You’ll get more dates if you do that too
You can talk about your achievements in life such as authoring books, putting out albums, winning contests or awards. You might get more dates if you do that too.
Obviously there is a time and a place for everything, and it is important to be very careful about how you toot your own horn or discuss your personal attributes and achievements. There is a right and wrong way to do these things.
I do not go around all the time talking about my intelligence or my IQ score in real life. In fact, I do not discuss it much at all.
But it does tend to come up because whenever I meet a new person, it’s not long before I hear,
“Jesus Christ how in the Hell do you know all this stuff!?”
“God-damn you’re smart!”
“How come you’re so fucking smart anyway?!”
“You’re the smartest person I’ve ever met.”
“You’re the smartest person I know.”
“You are like a walking encyclopedia.”
I realize this sounds like bragging, but I am simply telling you what my life has been like and what it is like to be me. It’s not like I plant thoughts in their brains telling them to compliment me in amazement. They do it on their own via sheer willpower. So of course when you get comments like that, you can discuss the facts of your brain, including that fancy IQ score of yours.
There is also a right and a wrong way of discussing your achievements, whether how many women you slept with or that skyscraper high IQ you have. There is a way to say it that sounds like shameful and disgusting bragging, and there is a way to talk about your achievements that generally does not offend people.
One thing you can try is “false modesty.” This is where, when discussing any achievements of talents you may have, you talk about these things in a low, shy voice, almost as if you are embarassed to have such fine attributes. Make sure to look down at the ground when you say this as if you are ashamed.
You can also discuss them in a very matter of fact way, in the same tone in which you would say, “I am going to get a glass of water to drink,” or “It sure is cloudy outside, isn’t it?”
Only talk about your achievements and attributes with those who already like you. Most of the people who get upset and accuse you of bragging for talking your talents and achievements already don’t like you or indeed they may even hate you. If someone already hates you, the last thing on Earth they want to hear about is your attributes.
So you only say such things to you friends. In general, your friends tend to like you already, and people who already like you are usually quite happy to hear about your talents and achievements as long as you are not obnoxious about it. In fact, your friends will often be proud of you for having talents and making some achievements in life.
I rarely get in trouble in real life for discussing my talents and achievements, and of course I don’t talk about this stuff all the time. Instead I only talk about it sometimes, and I am extremely cautious and even paranoid when I do that.
The only place I have ever gotten in trouble over it is on the Internet, where it’s apparently “bragging” to ever discuss your talents or achievements at all.