Good news for sarcastic people!
Researchers now have said that sarcastic people are more intelligent than those who don’t use sarcasm and according to them, sarcasm is the highest form of intelligence. Researchers of Harvard and Columbia University also predicted that being sarcastic increases creativity and generates new and useful ideas.The important thing to remember is that sarcasm does not always manifest itself as simple and rude comment – for example, if someone asks that whether you are excited for a family vacation, and you sarcastically reply, “Yea, sure.” Sarcasm can instead serve many beneficial purposes – like lightening the mood in a tense situation in a room, or revealing an honest sentiment that others were afraid to say out loud.
With that said, here are 3 reasons Harvard and Columbia University researchers say sarcasm brings us closer to finding our internal creativity and intelligence.
1. They have to think harder
Sarcasm requires more thought. When you respond to a remark someone makes, a non-sarcastic response is fairly simple to achieve. The brain does not have to perform acrobatics to arrive at a straightforward response to a straightforward question. But a sarcastic response requires an extra layer of thinking within the same amount of time. As minor as this may seem, it still counts as a brain exercise.
2. They recognize more possibilities
Sarcasm allows the mind to expand. Researchers at Harvard and Columbia found that the sarcastic people were able to perform up to 3 times better on creativity tests. Thus, sarcasm seems to have the power to open our minds to greater possibility and “outside-the-box” idea generation.
3. They can think abstractly
What truly links sarcasm to intelligence is that it opens the doors for abstract thinking – which has long been linked to higher intelligence. After all, it is only abstract thinking that significantly separates humans from animals. Harvard researchers point out that sarcasm can even benefit those in the workplace, where abstract thinking is often highly valuable in productivity.