You consider yourself as an intelligent person?
If you`re the type to follow the rules of the crowd, probably the answer is no.
This is exactly what is still happening in school during regular tests. In most of the cases, children that can “follow instructions” and “play by the rules” are labeled as intelligent, and the ones that pursue their own interests are considered as dumb.
But, intelligence is much more than getting an A-plus marks on tests, and not remembering a word the next day.
Further on, intelligence means thinking for yourself, being creative.
So, you can completely forget the standards imposed by the society.
Here are 7 proves verified by science that can convince you that you`re smarter than you think you were.
1) YOU GO TO BED LATE AT NIGHT
It`s scientifically proved that people who normally go to bed later are smarter than the ones that fall asleep earlier. Anyway, this doesn`t mean that if you stay awake longer you`ll be smarter. Researchers have found out that there is a strong connection between intelligence and the time people usually go to bed.
What`s the explanation behind this?
The first study recalls to the behavior of our ancestors. Back in time, staying awake late in the night was considered as “evolutionary novel”. Researchers can agree that for intelligent people is very easy to adopt such behaviors.
Additionally, another study proved that people who go to bed later, stay mentally alerted for a longer part of the day than the others.
2) YOU HAVE AN INTROVERT PERSONALITY
A study conducted by The Gifted Development Center has proven that most of the gifted children, 60% of the participants in this case, are introverts. This is just one in the line of evidence to confirm this is an undeniable fact. Thus, the studies are saying that people with IQs of 160 and more are extremely introvert, in most of the cases, even pathologically so.
What`s the explanation behind this?
This is proven by Hans Eysenck, german psychologist, who is the author of an interesting study. The results of his examination of the human brain, to both introverts and extroverts, demonstrates that people who are introverts have naturally high cortical arousal, which means that it is natural for them to process information much quicker than others.
3) YOU HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR
Back in the 70s, a study proved that comedians are more intelligent than average people.
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out why. It`s natural for comedians to be more witty and creative during conversations.
In addition, usually, they score particularly high on verbal intelligence tests, which isn`t a big surprise considering their vocabulary skills.
4)YOU ARE AWARE OF HOW MUCH YOU DON`T KNOW
Intelligent people don`t have a problem to admit that they don`t know everything.
This is proven in a classic study conducted by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, which found that less intelligent people overestimate their cognitive abilities.
The participants were students and when they were asked the same question: how many questions you think you got right? The ones that scored in the lowest quartile missed the correct number by nearly 50%.
5) YOU ARE A PASSIONATELY CURIOUS PERSON
As Einstein would like to say it in his way:
“I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.”
There is a precise correlation between childhood intelligence and openness to experience. This is proven in a study in 2016 that linked how this can affect the intellectual curiosity later in life.
6)YOU ARE AN OPEN-MINDED PERSON
Smart people are always opened to new ideas.
Psychologists believe that if you are able to understand the arguments of both sides in a discussion, it`s probably because you are smarter.
Simultaneously, a smart person won`t unthinkingly accept a new idea.
As Aristotle said:
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
7) YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IS HIGH TOO
Smart people have the skills to show empathy to others.
Thus, the psychologists agree that when someone can adapt to other people`s feelings and needs is a sign of well-developed emotional intelligence.
Here is an interesting tip: emotionally-intelligent people like meeting new people and investigating where they are coming from.