Do you think a genius is a character from Wikipedia or a history book? We have good news for you: it may well turn out that you are the very person who is able to look at reality from the most unexpected angle and see something fundamentally new. We have collected 8 proofs that you are much smarter than you used to think – and the best part is, all these signs are approved and confirmed by scientific research.
You know you don’t know anything
“I know that I know nothing” is not just a common quote from Socrates, but a sure marker of high intelligence. The authors of the study, the results of which were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, concluded that high intelligence and the ability to self-criticism are directly related. If a person understands and admits that he does not know something, this can be the first step towards starting to learn new things. So do not be afraid to admit to yourself and others that you do not know something – this is a sign of high intelligence!
Are you curious
Curiosity and curiosity are two precious qualities that encourage us to constantly learn something new, learn and gain new experiences. Studies have shown that people who consistently perform well on IQ tests tend to be more curious in childhood and open to new ideas in adulthood. Strive to learn new things – it develops intelligence!
You often finish sentences for your interlocutors
This style of yours may annoy some people, but according to experts, it speaks of high emotional intelligence. The ability to be sensitive, to understand the emotions of others and the ability to look at the world from their point of view help us not only maintain stable friendships and business ties, but also develop intelligence.
You have high self-control
Researchers at Yale University conducted a study in 2009 that tested the relationship between intelligence and self-control ability. The results of the experiment (by the way, they were published in the journal Psychological Science) confirmed that high intelligence is often associated with the ability to refrain from making impulsive decisions. So if you tend to weigh all the options before making a decision and are able to resist temptation – you may be a real genius.
Do you like chocolate
Strictly speaking, it is not yet possible to say with certainty which is primary, but the unconditional benefits of dark chocolate for cognitive abilities have been definitely proven. The antioxidants flavanols, which are rich in cocoa, have a positive effect on brain function – in particular, memory, attention and information processing speed. And what is especially pleasant, regular consumption of chocolate (eat 2-3 pieces a day) helps prevent age-related cognitive impairment.
You are prone to procrastination
Procrastination – the tendency to put off important things for no particular reason – is a rather unpleasant thing, but it also has its positive properties. In particular, a tendency to constantly put things off may indicate high intelligence: researchers say that truly smart people prefer to put off trivial tasks in order to devote their time to solving more valuable and interesting ones.
You can’t handle background noise
Prefer to work in complete silence and can’t stand background music or conversations? You are not capricious – most likely, you are simply smarter than most people around you. US researchers in a 2015 experiment found a direct link between low tolerance for background noise and innovative problem-solving ability.
Do you love loneliness
If you love solitude and never feel burdened by the company of yourself, we have good news for you. A study published in the British Journal of Psychology found a direct link between love of solitude and high intelligence.