Are people who have college degrees more difficult to get along with than people who don't have them?

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    Mar 09, 2012 1:27 PM GMT
    I've worked with people who have degrees on up to PhD and I've worked with people who just have their high school diploma. I'm curious as to your expreriences?
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    Mar 09, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    No. I've worked with a lot of people with various levels of education. If the person is congenial, they will be pleasant to be around regardless of education experience. Most people are kind and empathetic.

    Education may improve your life, but it won't make you a better person.

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    Mar 09, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    JPtheBITCH saidIs this a serious question?

    IT DEPENDS ON THEIR PERSONALITIES.

    OMfreakin'G



    This x10
  • dancedancekj

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    Mar 09, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    Not having a degree is so middle class

    /CousinViolet
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    Mar 09, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    I am working in a job placement agency now, and i'm a first year student in the university. Those with first degree at my work place are mostly unbearable as compared to the ones with a higher degree.
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    Mar 09, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    Samuelsam saidI am working in a job placement agency now, and i'm a first year student in the university. Those with first degree at my work place are mostly unbearable as compared to the ones with a higher degree.


    Wouldn't that make you unbearable as well? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 09, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    I don't have a degree and am difficult to get along with. Q.E.D.
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    Mar 09, 2012 2:58 PM GMT
    DJBoston said
    Samuelsam saidI am working in a job placement agency now, and i'm a first year student in the university. Those with first degree at my work place are mostly unbearable as compared to the ones with a higher degree.


    Wouldn't that make you unbearable as well? icon_rolleyes.gif
    haha, i think am bearable if not, i would'nt be getting assistance from my colleagues...i think icon_rolleyes.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gif
  • vintovka

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    Mar 09, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    Radamisto saidI don't have a degree and am difficult to get along with. Q.E.D.


    I love the fact that you dropped a Q.E.D. in there, Euclid would approve--let's bring that back.

    As to the original question, who fucking knows? In my experience it doesn't make a difference overall. (Though some of the Ivy grads are real douche bags. Townies vs the gownies!)
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    Mar 09, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    IDK

    I'm the only one in my family with a degree...could explain a lot.

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    Mar 09, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    I believe that what you are really asking is this:
    Are people with degrees more secure than people without degrees?

    My experience is that no matter what level of education, people that are secure in their life and work are generally nicer than those who are not.

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    Mar 09, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    People with college degrees are often more prone to stupidity? I dunno.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Mar 09, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    Only if they recently acquired it, and still think it makes them special.
    This applies to MBAs and JDs in particular.
    Otherwise, time evens out most academic egos.
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    Mar 09, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    DJBoston said
    JPtheBITCH saidIs this a serious question?

    IT DEPENDS ON THEIR PERSONALITIES.

    OMfreakin'G



    This x10


    X100

    Unless they're Hot. THAT changes EVERYTHING.

    Wut?!?! That's the rule ... Right???
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    Mar 09, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    dancedancekj saidNot having a degree is so middle class

    /CousinViolet


    You mean 'having' a degree. The poor and aristocratic would have the least means/need.


    To OP: I haven't noticed that one way or the other.
    Diverse group of friends and acquaintances from GED to PhD and degree doesn't really seem to predict much. (I have noticed that there is a group of 'undergrads' at some schools that can be snooty. I suspect a lot of that is from coming to college and realizing they're not that as bright/talented/etc. as they thought they were, which in turn causes them to cling to pedigree [I've noticed this with mit and harvard undergrads some, though *lots* of good kids in both groups. The obnoxious ones seem to consistently be the duller ones, but this is just anecdotal.])
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    Mar 09, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    I think it mainly have to do with how they view themselves. The one that are usually hard to deal with, in my experience, are the ones with the big ego and a set clear distinction of social class.
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    Mar 09, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    I really do think that it depends on someones personality. I work at a hospital where almost every single employee there has some sort of college degree or working on a college degree. There are some employees that I would never really enjoy talking to again, and some employees that I love talking to every day.
  • JP85257

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    Mar 09, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    Depends on the type of degree. I have found that some degree holders are stuck up, pretentious assholes.

    I do apologize that I was forced to work instead of continuing my education.
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    Mar 09, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    Well Since I am from the hood/ghetto/projects people seldom have degress or even finished HS so people who go to college tend to feel and act superior.

    Even my sister said once she gets her degree she is gonna rub it in those haters faces.

    I have attended/currently attending college and going is an achievement for alot of people and everyone doesnt get a degreee.

    So there is a big ego/self esteem boost, but others may see it as uppity or snobbish, or where im from they call it boojie.

    but as for me personally I think most people who have degrees are just as equal.

    I think intelligence is more than the classes you take , so one person may make more money, but still does not mean they are smarter.

    So aside from why people decide to get a degree..i think how they act with or withought it is not a noticeable difference.

    *Unless you get those people who insist on being called doctor because of their degree.*

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    Mar 09, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    It obviously depends on personality *EXCEPT* people who brag about their degree or use it to validate themselves. Those ones are always insufferable. And not as smart as they think.
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    Mar 09, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    Respect is earned, not given.

    People who don't understand that are going to be the ones difficult to get along with.
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    Mar 09, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    I live near one of the largest universities in the country.

    In my area, 26% of the population has their bachelor's; 11% their master's; 2.8% professional degrees & 3.4% doctorates

    Not bad for backwater Florida, when, compared to, say Wash DC which consists of 18% bachelor's; 11.9% masters, 6.1% professional & 3% doctorates.

    We do, however, have quite a few more rednecks then they, but also we have better weather.

    One thing I enjoy here is the supermarket where the cashier rarely gets confused when I offer proper coinage to round out my change. When I give them $3.11, for a $2.86 item, they don't complain that I gave too much money, instead, calmly hand back a quarter.

    Why? Because chances are pretty good that the cashier at the local supermarket is a PhD candidate working their way through school. Not only that, but they still ask me paper or plastic and then they offer to help me out to my car.

    Edumacation iz good.
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    Mar 09, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    Brownale saidAre people who have college degrees more difficult to get along with than people who don't have them?
    Yes...if you're stupid. icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 09, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    Depends on the discipline in which they have their degree.

    Certain fields produce insufferable people.
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    Mar 10, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    Samuelsam saidI am working in a job placement agency now, and i'm a first year student in the university. Those with first degree at my work place are mostly unbearable as compared to the ones with a higher degree.


    So much of it has to do with the culture & atmosphere in the workplace. If an organization is well-led, with good management, a code of ethics, and they invest in their people, then generally speaking, people will behave much better.

    In the absence of good management, there are power struggles, bullies, and the tone of the office can get pretty unpleasant.