How do intelligent people recognize each other

11 unmistakable signs that you are smarter than average

Do you think you are intelligent? Maybe even for highly intelligent people? Many people would now answer with a "yes". But, as is well known, they can say a lot when the day is long. In addition to IQ tests - which only very few people have access to - there are some other unmistakable signs of an exceptionally high level of intelligence, according to scientists. We'll tell you what they are. So keep your eyes open and you will be surprised!

Intelligence is more than “just” the IQ

But before we tell you how to find out whether people in your social environment or yourself are more intelligent than the average, we would like to briefly classify the term intelligence. To date, there is no uniform definition of intelligence and a distinction is generally made between different types of intelligence, for example the special form of emotional intelligence. The intelligence, which should be at stake today, is also that which can be measured and indicated by the so-called IQ, the intelligence quotient. The attempt at a definition is:

"Expression for the relationship between intelligence age and age."
(Source: Gabler Wirtschaftslexikon)

Strictly speaking, the history of IQ began in 1905, when the French psychologist Alfred Binet was concerned with the question: At what age should children start school? He selected different tasks for his tests and had them solved by children of different ages. He found out which problems can and cannot be solved by most four-year-olds, six-year-olds or even ten-year-olds. On the basis of his results, he then divided a person's mental performance into what is known as an “intelligence age”.

So if a four-year-old was able to solve all age-appropriate tasks, that corresponded to his intelligence age. If he couldn't solve these completely, he was less intelligent than the average in his age group. If he could solve tasks for five or six year olds, he was considered more intelligent. This division into an intelligence age by Alfred Binet is considered the first noteworthy intelligence test and the predecessor of the so-called intelligence quotient.

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After all, it was the German psychologist William Stern who took up this age of intelligence in 1912 and put it in relation to a person's age. For this he simply divided the age of intelligence by the age of a person. The four-year-old, who can also solve the tasks of a six-year-old, corresponds to a Simon and Binet age quotient of 1.5. The American psychologist Lewis M. Terman found these decimal numbers annoying and quickly multiplied this Simon and Binet age quotient by the number 100. The modern IQ was born:

IQ = intelligence age / age x 100

Our exemplary four-year-old with the intelligence age of a six-year-old therefore has an intelligence quotient of 150 - and is therefore considered to be extremely highly intelligent. With an IQ of 100, thanks to this formula, you are compliant with the norm. According to the Gabler Wirtschaftslexikon, the following classification therefore generally applies:

IQIntelligence compared to the average age
<70extremely low
70-79very low
120-139very high
>140extremely high

In order to avoid age-related bias, since the intelligence age increases more slowly than the age, this IQ test was standardized in 1937 for different age groups. This standardized test for measuring the intelligence quotient is still in use today and is called the Stanford-Binet test.

How meaningful is such an intelligence test?

Intelligence tests are repeatedly criticized. They are not very meaningful and only measure certain abilities of a person, it is said. For example, a person who is good at maths, but only has a low level of emotional intelligence, is not necessarily more intelligent than another person with opposite abilities. There may well be a real core to this argument, since, as already mentioned, there are different types of intelligence. Yet:

The intelligence quotient describes the mental performance of a person compared to the average of other people in his age group.

The interesting thing is that this IQ is completely independent of the type of task. A person with a higher IQ is more likely to master all tasks than a person with a lower IQ. In principle, it does not matter whether it is a math problem, logical connections or everyday understanding à la

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acts. Ultimately, the intelligence quotient describes the “general ability to solve tasks” of a person. This type of intelligence will be discussed below.

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11 unmistakable signs of an above-average level of intelligence

So employers may find it interesting to use standard intelligence tests in the hiring process. So far, however, this has only been the case in very few companies. Only a small number of people have ever taken such an intelligence test in their life. If you still want to find out whether you are intelligent above average or what the intelligence of the people around you is doing, you should look out for the following eleven signs. According to scientists, these also indicate a high to extremely high IQ. Which are they? You will be surprised:

# 1 laziness:

Smart people are lazy! A recent study at Florida Gulf Coast University found that people with high IQs spend more time doing nothing than less intelligent people.

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How so? Because they care about more things and need less outside stimulation. People with lower IQs, on the other hand, get bored more quickly and therefore look for mental or physical activity. So if you could just lie on the sofa and stare pensively at the ceiling or stand by the window for hours daydreaming, then there is a good chance you are smarter than average.

# 2 sarcasm:

Smart people are humorous. A study at the University of New Mexico had the test subjects on the one hand complete an intelligence test and on the other hand write the texts for a funny cartoon. The exciting result of the test group was: The more intelligent "authors" had written the funnier comics. In another study, the University of Vienna found that more intelligent people have a particular weakness for sarcasm and black humor.

# 3 curiosity:

There is also a direct connection between the intelligence quotient and a person's curiosity. Researchers at University College London found in a study that more intelligent people are more curious in childhood than their peers with lower IQs. So you not only learn faster, easier and more sustainably, but are naturally more inquisitive and have a high intrinsic motivation to learn. A quality that will also bring them great advantages later in their professional lives.

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This early childhood curiosity can also be expressed by the child starting to read before starting school. The support of the parents plays a major role here. A study at the University of Edinburgh found that children who started reading early had an above-average IQ.

# 4 messiness:

Is there chaos in your office as well as in your own four walls? Do not worry: A study at the University of Minnesota has now shown that clutter is mainly to be found on the desks of above-average intelligent people. The messiness also encourages your creativity. The concept of “creative chaos” has its right to exist.

# 5 late risers:

Another finding from the London School of Economics and Political Science is: People with a high IQ are “owls”, i.e. they stay up late, go to bed late, are real late sleepers and grumpy mornings when the alarm clock pulls them out of their springs earlier.

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So if you like to stay awake until well after midnight or even prefer to work at night and the next morning hardly bring you more than a grumpy “morning” over your lips, you could have an above-average IQ.

# 6 provocation:

As mentioned earlier, smarter people simply worry about more things than people with lower IQs. Unfortunately, this also means that they are dissatisfied with more things and tend to provoke. This can manifest itself in strange works of art in the interior design or a harsh tone of voice at a meeting. The British researchers Kristin L. Jay and Timothy B. Jay discovered in their investigations a direct connection between frequent swearing and high intelligence. Accordingly, more intelligent people know more "taboo words" and can better put them into a linguistic context. The surprising finding is: people who know a lot of curses and swear words have a better sense of language and a higher IQ.

# 7 anxiety:

The fact that people with high intelligence are more concerned about things unfortunately also means that they tend to worry more generally - about the future, the political situation or whatever. Psychiatrists Jeremy D. Coplan, Sarah Hodulik, Sanjay J. Mathew, Xiangling Mao, Patrick R. Hof, Jack M. Gorman, and Dikoma C. Shungu examined the relationship between high IQ and anxiety and came up with them in their study "The Relationship between Intelligence and Anxiety: An Association with Subcortical White Matter Metabolism" on the result, that smarter people are more prone to worry, fear, and panic.

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# 8 musicality:

A more harmless indication of high intelligence is music lessons in childhood. In fact, a study at the University of Toronto now confirms numerous older studies, all of which came to the conclusion: Music lessons in early childhood promote verbal intelligence. On the one hand, this means that the children become smarter through music lessons. On the other hand, the study also found that children with a high IQ tend to want to learn a musical instrument more.

# 9 cat love:

Do you love animals and do you prefer to take your dog to the office? This is not only a good burnout prevention and therefore a smart move anyway, but your love for animals could also be a sign of a particularly high IQ. While the love for dogs, according to a study by the Carroll University of Wisconsin, tends to indicate a high level of empathy, cat lovers had a higher IQ.

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So are you more of a "dog person" or a "cat person"?

# 10 indolence:

We have already explained to you that and why intelligent people are lazy. However, this applies not only to the mental, but also to the physical level. This means: the higher a person's IQ, the lower their physical activity is usually. He just prefers to do brain teasers or to hang on to his thoughts on the sofa. At least that is what a study at the University of Florida has now found out.

# 11 introversion:

Last but not least, introversion also suggests an above-average IQ. Intelligent people tend to have fewer friends than those with a lower IQ. While a large network is important for your professional career, your introvertness could also suit you.

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In any case, the head of the study at the University of Maryland is certain: Intelligent people use their capacities for professional or private projects. So you just don't have that much time for a lot of friends.

Can you "train" your intelligence?

Now, if you've come to the conclusion that you might not be extraordinarily intelligent after all - or if you just want to get smarter - you may be faced with the question: Can intelligence actually be trained? Of course, there is no point in practicing laziness artificially from now on, quickly catching up on music lessons you missed in childhood or skipping your sports program. Nevertheless, you are not at the mercy of your genes: Experts differentiate between fluid intelligence and crystalline intelligence.

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And these two types of intelligence can actually be trained.

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But if you are too lazy for that, you can simply “eat smart”. How big the effects on your IQ will be is questionable. But these “super spices” are always healthy - and therefore worth a try or perhaps even a new study.

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Or what do you think? Can you confirm our 11 signs of high IQ? In your experience, what other qualities do highly intelligent people have - and which do they not? Thank you for your contribution in the comments!

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