We are obsessed with being unique and highly intelligent. Some people go crazy over their IQ scores and test scores claiming those are a testament to their incredible intellect. Frankly, science doesn’t actually back up any of these claims. In a nut shell, studies have shown that intelligence is a hard quality to measure. It’s simply too multifaceted. Psychologists Howard Garner claims that there are approximately 8 intelligences, some examples being musical, verbal and logical. Fact of the matter is, we don’t understand much about intelligence at all. However, what we do know is that there are few experiences and behaviors that highly intelligent people experience more often. If you’ve felt a little different from others and you’re unsure if you’re highly intelligent, hopefully this list will be a step closer to providing you with some answers.
Your Mind is Always on Maximum Overdrive
You Want To Find People to Have Deep Conversations With, But Often Can’t
You Are Critical of What You See and Hear
You don’t just blindly believe what you read, hear or see. You like to question it’s validity, do research on it, consider its flaws and think of potential ways to prove its inaccuracy. Its not that you don’t trust the person delivering the message, it’s that you don’t just believe anything. If you’re like me, you stumble upon a great deal of articles that boast “ways successful people think differently”, “tips to succeed from successful people”, or “habits of successful people”. It’s so monotonous and the tips are all the same. If you’re highly intelligent, you are skeptical of the practicality of this advice. You understand that everyone’s path to success is different and that broad advice about success may not apply to you. Success is also partly driven by luck, so you take that advice with a grain of salt.
You Constantly Seek Knowledge
You think about the things you don’t know and are always seeking to fill the gaps. You read articles, books, scientific studies, videos – anything that enriches your life by contributing to your library of knowledge. You’re not opposed to admitting when you’re wrong or don’t know something. Saying “I don’t know” is not a testament to something you lack, but more of an opportunity to add to your knowledge.
You’re Open Minded
Your curiosity often leads you down deep rabbit holes of sometimes bizarre information, however you like to stay open minded to new information, experiences and people. You don’t dismiss different ways of viewing things without understanding it as best you can and doing your research. You consider alternative views and weigh their merits.
You’re Probably Very Introverted
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between high intelligence and introversion, however, notice I said probably. Not all highly intelligent people are introverted. You can very well be extremely outgoing and be intelligent. Studies have just noted that more intelligent people happen to be introverted. That still does not necessarily mean that extroverted people are naturally less intelligent.