“Hey, are you sleeping?”…….”No, I was trying to play dead”.
Ever snapped at someone with a similar statement? If you’re anything like me, you probably encounter such situations a million times each day. Unsurprisingly, there are people who consider such responses a tad too cocky, impolite and “ungentlemanly” (perhaps all old people). But if you see no harm in being a little sarcastic, or maybe it’s just that you are physically not intimidating enough, and consider sarcasm as your only weapon, then let me list you three reasons as to how this unique ability of yours makes you better than the rest.
Most important thing of all…Self-confidence:
Resorting to sarcasm as a medium to let out one’s rage, infuses a sense of superiority and triumph. The importance of a sarcastic tinge to one’s conversational skills is so huge that today, it’s considered as a basic social survival ability. People who are unable to apprehend such a tone in the other person’s speech are thought of as being socially clumsy. Although, using sarcasm at work might not be the best of the ideas, but when used inside an upbeat and cheerful group, it can help you fit in and give you that instant admiration. Basically, when used delicately and with caution, sarcasm can portray you as a person with a chirpy attitude but an honest and sharp mind-set.
Sarcasm is the Highest Form Of Intelligence – Oscar Wilde:
There have been umpteen number of researches done in this field, and all of them have come up with the same result. People who do use sarcasm, or periodically participate in some or the other kind of sarcastic conversation are much more advanced in terms of their brain’s creative potential. Understanding and pondering over the literal as well as the actual meaning of a sarcastic statement, can be considered a good workout for your brain. Therefore, not just the ones who practice it, but sarcasm is beneficial to those who hear it too. The extra effort that our mind has to put in, in order to frame a perfect sarcastic dialogue, while the struggle the listener has to undertake to understand it, is what makes you “both” brighter than the other dull people around you. On the same note, understanding sarcasm is also related to being mentally healthy. Children usually begin to get a grip at appreciating sarcasm by the time they reach 7 years of age.
Hard on the outside, soft on the inside:
Even if people spitting sarcastic comments all around them, they are usually pretty nice on the inside. They might seem mean and tough, but have many layers of depths and feelings. Actually, there are times people pass on a sarcastic note just because they can’t directly insult the “victim”. Sarcasm is said to be “hostility in disguise”, but being “criticism in disguise” is what seems to be a much more proper explanation.
In the end, even if people do judge you on the basis of the smart replies that you give or the instant shrewd comment you pass, keep in mind that they “hate you, cuz they ain’t you”!!