Therefore, people there view the future as unpredictable and uncontrollable.
Intelligence and Smiling Countries to the left of the tol line consider smiling people to be ificantly less intelligent than non-smiling individuals; those to the right are the opposite. I got my answer, or at least part of one, when I stumbled across a new paper by Kuba Krys, a psychologist at the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Smiling is a of certainty and confidence, so when people in those countries smile, they might seem odd. Even after controlling for other factors, like the economy, there was a strong correlation between how unpredictable a society was and the likelihood they would consider smiling unintelligent. Why would you smile when fate is an invisible wolf waiting to shred you?
But in Japan, India, Iran, South Korea, and—you guessed it—Russia, the smiling loooking were considered ificantly less intelligent. Krys also hypothesized that smiling in corrupt countries would be, um, frowned upon.
Journal of Nonverbal Behavior In hoo such as India, Argentina, and the Maldives, meanwhile, smiling was associated with dishonesty—something Krys found to be correlated to their corruption rankings. Honesty and Smiling Countries to the left of the red line consider smiling faces to be less honest.
In some countries, smiling might not be a of warmth or even respect. Olga Khazan. But it might at least be comforting for any chipper Americans who find themselves scratching their he in that sanctuary of seriousness, the St. He found that in countries like Germany, Switzerland, China, and Malaysia, smiling faces were rated as ificantly more intelligent than non-smiling people.
Finally, ranking countries in order of their uncertainty avoidance can be kind of fraught. Why do some societies not encourage casual smiling?
Journal of Nonverbal Behavior To test this smil, Krys had thousands of people in 44 different countries judge a series of eight smiling and non-smiling faces on a scale of honesty and intelligence. Zeynep Tufekci So why is this? Petersburg metro.