Five signs you are much smarter than average, another LinkedIn / TalentSmart article by young Dr. Travis Bradberry:
Intelligence (IQ) isn’t what you know but rather the pace at which you acquire new information. IQ is fixed at an early age, but is far from the only thing that determines success in life. It’s not even the most important factor. Albert Einstein said “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
New research provides clues that link early life experiences to, among other things, high intelligence. If any of the following apply to you, you just might have a high IQ.
1. You’re anxious. This might not be all bad. One study found the most anxious participants were also the most focused and effective at accomplishing tasks. This may be me.
2. You were an early reader. This could have a developmental impact – actually making the kid smarter. So if you were an early reader it might not be because you were smart. It may be that you’re smart because you were an early reader. Not sure if I was an early reader.
3. You’re left-handed. There you go – I’m left-handed. One large study demonstrated left-handedness is associated with divergent thinking – especially in males. This unique ability to combine two unrelated objects in a meaningful way is a sign of intelligence. Perhaps teachers should be trying to force right-handed kids to use their left hand.
4. You took music lessons as a kid. Numerous studies showed musical training enhances verbal intelligence and executive function, a skill critical to focus and self-control. My kids did, but I didn’t.
5. You’re funny. Another point for me. Research shows a strong connection between being funny and having high scores in both verbal intelligence and abstract reasoning. Witty banter is the product of a sharp mind.