Everyone has the aspiration to be clever, or at least to be perceived as intellectual, and many of us seize noteworthy steps to try to become smarter. Yet, there are numerous categories of intelligence that can not necessarily be trained.
You may not even realize how smart you actually are! As it turns out, there are several potential signs of intelligence that you may not even know about.
Here are 10 indicators that you may be smarter than you think, according to scientific research.
You Are Extremely Open-Minded
Smart individuals do not close themselves off to new concepts or opportunities. Hammett notes, intelligent people are “willing to accept and consider other views with value and broad-mindedness,” and that they are “open to alternative solutions”. Open-minded individuals are those who seek out alternate viewpoints and weigh the pros and cons reasonably; these intellectuals tend to score higher on the SATs.
Nevertheless, they still remain careful of which ideologies they adopt. An intelligent mind has a strong aversion to accepting things at face value and therefore withholds belief until presented with ample evidence.
You Are Musically Inclined
Researchers tested the mental abilities of senior citizens and discovered that musicians performed better at a number of tests. In particular, musicians excelled at visual memory tasks. While musicians had similar verbal capabilities to non-musicians, the musicians’ ability to memorize new words was markedly better, too. Perhaps most importantly, the musicians’ IQ scores were higher overall than those who spent their lives listening to music rather than performing it.
You Tend To Procrastinate
Many scientists would believe that bright individuals procrastinate even at work they find momentous. Wharton psychologist Adam Grant suggests that procrastination is key to innovation and that Steve Jobs used it strategically.
As Grant told Business Insider’s Rachel Gillett, “The time Steve Jobs was putting things off and noodling on possibilities was time well spent in letting more divergent ideas come to the table, as opposed to diving right in with the most conventional, the most obvious, the most familiar.”
You Enjoy Solitude
Highly intelligent people tend to be very individualistic. Fascinatingly, recent research from the British Journal of Psychology suggests that smarter people tend to obtain less pleasure than most people do from socializing with friends.
You Easily Make Unrelated Connections
It is suggested that that smart people are able to see patterns where others cannot; simply because they can draw parallels between seemingly disparate ideas.
Journalist Charles Duhigg argues that making these kinds of connections is a hallmark of creativity (which, depending on who you ask, can be closely linked to intelligence). Duhigg studied the process through which Disney developed their hit movie Frozen and concluded that the movie only seems clever and original because it “takes old ideas and pushes them together in new ways”.
You Have a Knack for Humor
Highly intelligent people tend to have a great sense of humor and sarcasm.
One study conducted discovered that people who wrote funnier cartoon captions scored higher on measures of verbal intelligence. Another study found that professional comedians scored higher than average on measures of verbal intelligence.
You Have a Strong Sense of Self-Control
Scientists have established a connection between self-control and intelligence. In one 2009 study, published in the journal Psychological Science, participants had to choose between two financial rewards: a smaller payout immediately or a larger payout at a later date. Results illustrated that participants who chose the larger payout at a later date generally scored higher on intelligence tests.
It is assumed that the anterior prefrontal cortex might play a role in helping people solve tough problems and demonstrate self-control while working toward goals.
You Are a Night Owl
The smarter you are, the more you’re inclined to stay up into the wee hours of the morning, according to research.
One study, published in 2009 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, peeked at the link between childhood IQ and sleep behavior among thousands of young adults. Sure enough, smarter individuals said they stayed up later and woke up later on both weekdays and weekends.
Another study, published in 1999 in the same journal, looked at about 400 US air force recruits and yielded similar findings.
You Have an Unquenchable Curiosity
Albert Einstein reportedly said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” A study published in 2016, in the Journal of Individual Differences, suggests that there’s a link between childhood intelligence and openness to experience, which encompasses intellectual curiosity in adulthood.
Scientists followed thousands of people born in the UK for 50 years and learned that 11-year-olds who had scored higher on an IQ test turned out to be more open to experience at 50.
You Are an Empath
Several psychologists claim that empathy is a core component of emotional intelligence. Emotionally-intelligent individuals are typically very interested in talking to new people and learning more about them.