Are you afraid of looking stupid?

@AlisaTR (961)
Trinidad And Tobago
May 26, 2018 9:46am CST
A girlfriend of mine, she's really cautious. She hardly ever asks questions even when she's uncertain of something because she does not want to appear stupid in the eyes of strangers or her peers. Me? I could care less. I am quite open to asking seemingly daft questions if I don't know the answer to it. I had a professor once who always told us that there's no such thing as a stupid question. Maybe I don't completely agree with that, but I think it's okay to ask questions to learn and, in so doing, to seem ignorant temporarily once you ultimately benefit from the knowledge in the end. What do you guys think? Are you afraid of asking about something or commenting on something if you think it would make you seem stupid? Image courtesy Quickmeme. And yes, I do see the spelling error for the word "could".
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@amadeo (72794)
• United States
26 May
Nope.Frankly I do not give a damn
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
I like that spirit!
@FourWalls (15116)
• United States
26 May
@amadeo is Rhett Butler!!!
@amadeo (72794)
• United States
26 May
@FourWalls I know.You are the only one will know this?
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@RasmaSandra (19615)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
26 May
IF I don't know something and I want to know I will sure open up my mouth and ask.
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@RasmaSandra (19615)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 May
@AlisaTR and sometimes it would probably much more stupid to stand on a street corner not knowing where to go instead of asking directions which perhaps everyone else knows.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
27 May
@RasmaSandra Exactly
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@Starmaiden (7641)
• Canada
26 May
I'm not afraid of asking a question and appearing stupid. Some things that appear obvious require an elaborate explanation sometimes.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
Exactly. And you learn from it, right?
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• Canada
26 May
@AlisaTR I learned how to get around such awkward situations by learning to laugh at my own folly.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
@Starmaiden Yeah that's a neat trick.
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@anikoonline (3259)
• Hungary
26 May
I don't think that asking a question would make anyone seem stupid. It is totally okay to ask question. Noone can know everything.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
I think sometimes what intimidates people is the thought that others might laugh if they appear ignorant. Some people are cruel that way.
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• Hungary
26 May
@AlisaTR I think these people will find something to laugh if they want to laugh on others.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
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@chicnthin (2832)
• Philippines
26 May
Im cautious at times, but I do still ask questions if it is bothering me and I'm unaware of the answer
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
I mean it could depend on your environment you might not want to wade right in (though honestly, I would) but I think it pays to ask and to learn.
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@chicnthin (2832)
• Philippines
27 May
@AlisaTR yeah that's right, I see what you are pointing in.
@HazySue (22960)
• United States
26 May
I don't like to look stupid but I am not afraid of looking stupid. I will as a question if I am clueless.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
I think it takes some courage to push past that fear or reluctance and just think instead of learning something new.
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@HazySue (22960)
• United States
27 May
@AlisaTR As I got older I found that it really doesn't matter if you ask a question about something you don't quite understand. The good thing about asking a question is getting an answer that gives you a tidbit of info that you didn't know before..
@redhotpogo (4422)
• United States
31 May
Stupid is as Stupid does. Yes. I'm afraid of looking stupid. That's why I stay away from mirrors.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
31 May
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@wongchoiyee (7400)
• Malaysia
27 May
depends on the situation, if there is a lot of people then I withdraw.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
27 May
Yeah sometimes it might just be a matter of the wrong place wrong time for some folk
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@FourWalls (15116)
• United States
26 May
Grumpy Cat doesn’t care that there’s a typo in “could.” I don’t worry about looking stupid. Heaven knows I’ve looked that way enough.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
And you learn from it at the end of the day. Besides looking stupid now and again makes for better stories, right? Win win!
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@porwest (7265)
• United States
26 May
Ah, you know, for me I am like you. Life's too short to worry about the dumb stuff.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
Exactly
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@tso1960 (238)
• United States
26 May
I have been told the only stupid question is the one not asked. Who knows others may be needing to know the answer to your question. So go ahead and ask your question.
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
"others may be needing to know the answer to your question"... That's true
26 May
Yeah Im afraid to ask or comment if Im not sure about my words... I think it make me seem stupid,, so I will hard think, just to have a question or comment T_T
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@AlisaTR (961)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 May
But think of this @ARlumintang... you may actually inspire someone else by speaking up like @tso1960 makes the point above.
@Hannihar (41683)
20 Jun
@AlisaTR I am also been told before that no question is a stupid one but there are those that want to be superior to someone so make a not nice comment to someone's question. I asked a question on facebook the other day and this guy acted like a jerk and continued on. When I told him by words that I did not like his behavior he continued on with it and I blocked him. I do not have to put up with jerks.
@snowy22315 (52489)
• United States
27 May
I think there are stupid questions..as someone I know asks them repeatedly lol...jbut in general I don't think you should be afraid to ask questions..how else are you supposed to learn?
@id_peace (7635)
• Singapore
27 May
I don't care about looking stupid. I am more concern on the fact that I could be stupid.
@lynnief (1248)
• Australia
27 May
One of the nice things about getting older is that you reach a point where you no longer have a need to impress anyone. Whatever someone chooses to think about me is their problem, not mine.