In this humorous video, speakers discuss the techniques some use to appear smart or profound. They mock the use of empty buzzwords, hypnotic patterns, and appeals to tribalism in speeches, emphasizing the importance of genuine substance over superficiality.
• Hypnotic patterns in speech: The use of certain speech patterns, such as slowing down speech and emphasizing keywords, to create an illusion of depth and wisdom.
• Empty buzzwords: Using impressive-sounding words or phrases that may sound meaningful but lack substantial content or real significance.
• Rhetorical devices: Employing techniques like anti-metabolize phrase switching, where two words are switched to create an effect, without adding any real substance.
• Appeal to tribalism: Attempting to create a sense of belonging or identity by associating oneself with specific groups or categories, like “set alphas” and “set omegas.”
• Myers-Briggs personality types: Referring to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or similar personality typing systems to define and categorize individuals based on their perceived characteristics.
• Associating with specific groups: Identifying oneself with certain groups, like the idea of being a “cat” in the context of Ravenclaw, to gain a sense of identity and belonging.
• Using jargon or technical language: Employing specialized or technical terms to give the impression of expertise in a particular field.
• Appearing wise and profound: Utilizing rhetorical flourishes and grand statements to give the appearance of deep insight or wisdom.