There are two types of people in the world: those who are organized, punctual and disarmingly polite. And then you have the other kind, whose very presence is reminiscent of a tornado; they’re perpetually late, can’t go to sleep at a decent hour and then they curse like sailors to make up for it all.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am definitely the latter type, and no matter how hard I try, I just can’t shake these bad habits. However, it appears that these flaws actually point towards something positive… Recent studies have determined that us chaotic souls tend to be more intelligent than our more organized counterparts.
According to Business Insider, a study found that those who have a penchant for expletives not only have higher IQ’s but better rhetorical skills, too.
People always assume that people who swear have a limited vocabulary but think about it, those who don’t use any curse words are actually the people who are limiting their vocabulary, as they’re consciously curtailing the amount of words that they use.
The study, which was conducted by Kristin L. Jaya and Timothy B. Jay from Marist College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, concluded that “the ability to generate taboo language is not an index of overall language poverty”:
“A folk assumption about colloquial speech is that taboo words are used because speakers cannot find better words with which to express themselves: because speakers lack vocabulary.
“A competing possibility is that fluency is fluency regardless of subject matter – that there is no reason to propose a difference in lexicon size and ease of access for taboo as opposed to emotionally-neutral words.”
Scientific research has linked staying up late with higher IQ’s for quite some time now. Satoshi Kanazawa, however, takes it further, linking our nocturnal tendencies with human evolution.
Writing for Psychology Today, she states: “It is reasonable to infer that our ancestors must also have limited their daily activities to daylight, and sustained nocturnal activities are largely evolutionarily novel. The Hypothesis would therefore predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to be nocturnal than less intelligent individuals.”