Having a large ego doesn’t impress people as much as one might think. Bragging is a big turn off to a lot of people, but humble bragging can be just as bad. People see it as narcissistic, especially when you are nonchalant about it. So just be yourself don’t try to impress people.
- Psychologists recently took notice of the humblebrag and are conducting research that provides insight as to why people engage in humblebragging.
- Consistent with predictions, most research participants chose to humblebrag rather than report a genuine weakness.
- If you’re in a situation where self-promotion is built into the nature of the task, or one where it would help, go about it in a straightforward manner.
“In one study, psychologists found that the more people rated tweets as high in humble-bragging (e.g., “Graduating from two universities means you get double the calls asking for money. So pushy and annoying!”), the less likely they were to like the person who made the statement.”