Nov 02, 2011 0 Share

Intelligence Coup


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We've scored a major intelligence coup. Not in Iraq or Pakistan or even Libya, but here at home.

Spies recently intercepted a list of basic concepts to teach NT children. If this knowledge is half as effective as it's said to be, it really helps explain why NTs tend to get along much better in life in general. 

A redacted summary from Wikileaks gives us these bombshells: 

  • People want to work with others they like, even if they're not as smart. For example, in school if you're more polite and pleasant to be around, even if you're a B or even a C student, more kids will want to be your friend. 
  • The same ideas can be said two or more different ways, because often when you're talking you're both stating the facts and saying something else, like how much you respect the other person.

    For example, if you say “You messed this up,” you're not only saying it got messed up, but also focusing on the other person's mistakes. Only do this if you want to attack the other person's work and possibly even them personally. On the other hand, if you say “This got messed up” it means the same thing—but you're also saying that you're not necessarily blaming the other person. Or at least you're being polite about it and trying not to hurt their feelings. 
  • People don't like to have to say “no” directly. If someone asks you for something you don't want to do, respond very pleasantly and just don't directly say “yes” and everyone will understand you're still saying “no.” (Unless of course they're just overbearing jerks.)

    For example, if someone asks “Can you help me with this report?” and you don't know enough about it or don't have time, just say something like: “I'd really love to be able to do that, and I'm sure it's important work. Good luck with it!” Any nice person will understand. 
  • Don't look at the same person for a long time—more than a second or two, tops. It makes people uncomfortable. 
  • When you're talking to someone who isn't already a good friend, significant other or family member, stand maybe three or four feet away from them. And if you're somewhere like a crowded bus or elevator where you have to be closer than that, don't look directly at them. 
  • When in doubt, look around and see what most of the other people are up to, and unless it's something like standing around while somebody gets beaten up, do the same thing they're doing. Even if it's a mistake, it's much better to be wrong with plenty of company than to be wrong alone. (That goes double when you're in a new school, workplace, part of the country, etc.) For example, if everyone else is talking in hushed tones, speak in a low voice too. 

Any secret agent knows that if you want to infiltrate a group, adopt as many of their behaviors as possible. So if you're not actually an NT, you don't have to agree with them ... but the more you can fit in, the more you can learn about their strange society (and maybe send on to Wikileaks!). And they themselves may even reward you!