Clear Signs He's More of a Pseudo Intellectual 

He uses unnecessarily complex language and references obscure thinkers to seem academic but lacks depth

Pretentiousness 

He tries to sound scholarly by using words out of context or incorrectly to seem more intelligent.

Misused Words

His overly self-assured, smug attitude screams over-confidence and overcompensating for limited knowledge

Arrogance 

Feigned modesty and self-deprecation are tactics pseudo intellectuals use to appear grounded.

False Humility

He pontificates heady concepts like existence or ethics but has no real understanding or original thought.

Abstract Philosophizing

He curates bits of information that support his narrative while ignoring wider context and facts.

Cherry-Picking

When challenged, he gets extremely defensive rather than thoughtfully reflecting on critiques.

Defensive Posturing

Zodiac Signs Who Idealize Their Childhoods