6 Scientifically-Proven Signs That You’re Highly Intelligent

6 Scientifically-Proven Signs That You’re Highly Intelligent

Are you smarter than average? Can you be a highly intelligent person but you don’t know it yet? Being intelligent means that you are not just knowledgeable, inventive, bright, quick-witted and brainy. Intelligent people possess a wide range of unique characteristics that makes it easier to recognize them.

Intelligence is defined as the capacity to learn, understand, and make reasonable judgments or hold reasonable opinions.

There are different types of intelligence such as emotional, interpersonal, logical and even musical. According to scientifical research, the same person could have a different level of intelligence depending on the sphere. Or in other words, someone might be an absolute genius in maths yet totally unable to interact with people for instance.

Here comes the question of how intelligence is developed and what factors make someone intelligent in one sphere and not that intelligent in another.

According to the opinion of Dr. Perpetua Neo psychologist and executive coach:

“Certain traits connected to intelligence get selected for by evolution because this enables a species to survive during times of transitions/disasters, create more prosperous [civilizations,] or conquer new habitats,” she says to Bustle.

But is it all a matter of genes and evolution? Do family, education, social environment, and parent behavior also play a role in developing a child’s intelligence?

The truth is that scientists still have not come up with a full list of all the factors that influence someone’s intelligence.

But what we know for sure, is that there are many characteristics the people who score high on IQ tests and are highly intelligent have in common.

Here are 6 of them we’ve outlined based on scientifical research:

6 Scientifically-Proven Signs That You’re Highly Intelligent


According to research from 2016, published in the Journal of Individual Differences, there exists a connection between the level of intelligence throughout childhood and the desire for gaining experience in adulthood.

For 50 years, the researchers who conducted the study observed people born in the UK. They concluded that the children at the age of eleven with higher IQ results were more interested in gaining new experience at the age of 50 than the others.


2. Creativity

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Einstein

Highly intelligent people are also remarkably creative. For example, Einstein’s creative imagination made it possible to develop the Theory of Relativity. It all started by him thinking what it would be like to ride a light beam. So it turns out that creativity is also a form of intelligence.

“Being open and creative means that we can easily piece together new insights that are qualitatively different from the sum of their parts,”
Dr. Perpetua Neo tells Bustle.


3.Taking risks

Taking risks may be a sign of higher intelligence it turns out. According to Finnish research, from 2015 people who have the courage to take risks are smarter.

The participants in the study had to pass a driving simulation test. They had to drive past yellow traffic lights or wait for the lights to become red. The scientists who conducted the study came to the conclusion that those who took risky decisions during the experiment had more white brain matter – the part of the brain related to cognitive capacity.


4. They are not afraid to admit they don’t know something

I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. Socrates

Intelligent people aren’t afraid to say that they are not familiar with something. According to information provided by Business Insider, a study conducted by Justin Kruger and David Dunning proved that people who are not that intelligent, tend to overestimate their abilities.

For instance, students who had the lowest results in an exam adapted from the LSAT overestimated the number of questions they had answered correctly by almost 50%. At the same time, the ones who had top scores underestimated the number of correct answers they’d given.


5.Being the first-born

The fact that someone is the eldest sibling might be the reason for this person’s high level of intelligence. That could be associated with the parents’ behavior as they are usually stricter with their firstborn children.

According to an article published in The Independent, some economists from the University of Edinburgh also support the theory that first-borns are smarter because of their parents’ behavior.

9 Unexpected Signs You’re a Genius

signs you are genius

Did you know there are 9 different types of Intelligence?

Howard Gardener, an American developmental psychologist described that there are 9 different types of intelligence.

They are:

• Naturalist (nature smart)
• Musical (sound smart)
• Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart)
• Existential (life smart)
• Interpersonal (people smart)
• Bodily-kinesthetic (body smart)
• Linguistic (word smart)
• Intra-personal (self-smart)
• Spatial (picture smart)

Mozart and Einstein were two very different people but both were regarded as Geniuses because of their excellence in their respective fields

No matter which field or profession you are in, there are certain behavioral traits that are common in all people who are smarter than the average


Here are 9 unexpected signs backed by science that prove that you are a Genius:

1). Are you a worrier? That’s a great start.

People who overthink and worry a lot are more imaginative and creative explains personality expert Adam Perkins, from King’s College London. “High scorers on neuroticism have a highly active imagination, which acts as a built-in threat generator,” cites Perkins.

Overthinking and worrying comes from your innate ability to imagine vividly. So next time you catch yourself overthinking, try utilizing your creative imagination to find out solutions.


2). Do you talk to yourself more often?

Intelligent people have very hyperactive brains. They are often caught in their own ideas and philosophies.
Talking to yourself reduces stress, provides a cognitive boost and brings more clarity and focus to your life.

Quiet people have the loudest mind.” – Stephen Hawking

So next time you catch yourself talking in your head, don’t worry, it is just a sign that you are smarter than the average.


3). Do you get curious about everything?

Are you always interested in the hows and whys behind everything?
Do you find yourself asking a lot of questions, reading a lot and observing everything with curiosity to learn?
Genius people are highly curious and have a childlike zeal to learn and consume new information

Even Albert Einstein mentioned that “I am not intelligent. I am only passionately curious.


4). Do you forget where you kept your phone or keys?

Scatterbrained people are basically geniuses, according to psychology.
Highly intelligent people think deeply and are concerned with finding the mystical meaning behind things.
Their mind is occupied with thinking about n number of things at a time and therefore they can be absent-minded sometimes and forget about basic things like where they kept their phone or keys.


5). Are you lazy about Fashion?

If you are a genius, you want to spend your time and thinking abilities on bigger issues than fashion.

That is why the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are known for wearing the same color T-shirt every day.

10 Signs Your Child is an Old Soul

10 Signs Your Child is an Old Soul

It’s just that your child is specially gifted! Signs that shows you have an old soul child.

One of the most beautiful things to witness as a mother or father is to watch the slow growth and maturing of a new soul, born into this world with fresh eyes and a playful, childlike understanding of life.

But what happens when, as a mother or father, you bring into this world a child who displays a variety of unusual and incongruous traits with that of being a youngster?

  • Instead of being wide-eyed and simplistic, your child is perceptive and complex.
  • Instead of being naïve and spontaneous, your child is sensible and knowing.
  • Instead of being fresh and uncomplicated, your child is experienced and intuitive.

All in all, instead of being young at heart, your child is undeniably and unmistakably old at heart.

The reality is that if your child does not fit the typical mold of his or her age group, you might have an Old Soul on your hands.

And if you didn’t fit the norm of the kids your age growing up, you’re most likely an Old Soul as well.


10 Signs Your Child is an Old Soul in a Young Body

Although strange and perplexing, the Old Soul child is one of the greatest unexpected blessings life has to offer not only because of their innate wisdom but also because of the level-headed stability they have to offer.

If you are struggling to relate to your child, understand where they are coming from, or simply want some closure, you might benefit from reading the signs below:


1. They are otherworldly.

You don’t know what exactly it is about your child but something about them seems out of place. The best word you can think of to describe your son or daughter is that they are “otherworldly”.

In short, they just don’t seem to be from this world, and often times they are very much in a world of their own making.


2. They are pensive.

While the other parents are kicking balls, shooting hoops and taking their little tykes to playgroup, your child seems to be withdrawn, dreamy and contemplative.

In other words, your child seems to be in a perpetually pensive state, quietly absorbed in their own meditative world.


3. They struggle to fit in with other children their age.

Although they usually attempt to blend in with the children in their age group, if your child is an Old Soul they will gradually lose interest in the conversations, interests and dramas of the kid’s their age.

Sometimes this can result in being bullied and picked on, especially in school, and so they can sometimes live their childhood and pubescent years as outcasts.


4. They can relate to people much older than them.

If your child is an Old Soul you will notice that they often gravitate towards spending time with older people.

For example, at school, they usually tend to befriend the teachers, and in the family social life, they tend to enjoy talking to older people (e.g. grandparents, adult friends, retirees). This is because psychologically, they are on the same level.


5. They don’t like listening to authority and can be perceived as “smart asses”.

Far from being anarchic, Old Soul children are highly intelligent, astute and observant and so are not as susceptible to blindly obeying authority as childlike children are.

Instinctively feeling themselves to be equals to their adult peers, Old Soul children tend to get in trouble with figures of authority while growing up, easily seeing through the puerile, flawed and illogical demands they are often confronted with.

Therefore, in school and in home life, the Old Soul child will often not hesitate to argue or wisecrack his or her way out of unreasonable punishments or requests.


6. They tend to spend a lot of their time alone.

If your child is an Old Soul, they will find it difficult to integrate into the social circles of their age group.

Coupled with their contemplative natures, Old Soul children will often spend time alone despite their often well-developed social skills.

This is not because the child is anxious or depressive, but simply because they are comfortable in their own company and rarely need to depend on anyone else to provide them with enjoyment and stimulation.

Research Shows Intelligent People Stay Up Late, Do More Drugs, And Have More Sex

What is the mark of an intelligent mind in our day and age?

When we think of intelligent people, we may have been conditioned to envision them in a library somewhere studying.  We associate intelligence with social reservation and good behavior.

But what if the opposite were true?  

What if the ones who are most intelligent are engaging in behaviors grandma and grandpa wouldn’t approve of?

Times have changed, and people who have a higher intelligence aren’t always interested in studying and following the rules.

This may sound a bit shocking, but a series of studies have come out showing that intelligent people stay up later, do more drugs, and have more sex.

The people in our society who have the highest IQs are nocturnal and enjoy indulging in drugs and sex more often than people with a lower IQ.


Here is a list of the three studies that should completely change the way we think about intelligence and behavior:


1) Intelligent People Are Night Owls

In a study published in Personality and Individual Differences, researchers proposed the hypothesis that people who are of high intelligence will be drawn to evolutionarily novel behaviors.  

Novel behaviors (new behaviors) are thought to be evolutionary advantageous because they expand our problem-solving ability and provide us with new knowledge we can use to improve our lives.

It’s kind of like nature’s way of pushing itself to evolve and create something new.

They found that intelligent people are not only more likely to be liberal and free thinkers, they are also more likely to have different circadian rhythms (sleep cycles).

The study found that people with high childhood and adulthood IQs went to bed about half an hour later each night than people of normal intelligence, and 30 minutes later than people of lower intellectual ability.

They also wake up later by about the same margins as well.  This was true of both weekends and weekdays.

As the study concludes:

Survey of ethnographies of traditional societies suggests that nocturnal activities were probably rare in the ancestral environment, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to be nocturnal than less intelligent individuals. The analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) confirms the prediction.

The correlation from the study was very clear.  The higher the IQ, the later they tend to stay up.  And these results were concluded from a sample of over 20,000 people.

If you or your children have a habit of staying up late and can’t seem to break it, that could actually be a good thing. Instead of trying to force yourself to go to bed “on time”, use that time to do something creative.


2) Intelligent People Do More Drugs

Intelligent people aren’t just night owls, they also seem to be more into experimenting with drugs.  

Sounds crazy right?  It didn’t make sense at first to me either.  Some of the least intelligent people I have ever met smoke and drink way too much.  But on average, if you have a higher IQ, you are more likely to experiment with drugs.

A National Child Development study reported on in Psychology Today, people who have high IQs both in childhood and adulthood are much more likely to experiment with psychoactive drugs than people with low IQs.  Why?

Because psychoactive drugs are evolutionarily novel and different from the general behavior of our ancestors.

According to this study which was published in the UK in 2010:

Net of sex, religion, religiosity, marital status, number of children, education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life, social class at birth, mother’s education, and father’s education, British children who are more intelligent before the age of 16 are more likely to consume psychoactive drugs at age 42 than less intelligent children.

There is a clear monotonic association between childhood general intelligence and adult consumption of psychoactive drugs.

“Very bright” individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than “very dull” individuals (with IQs below 75).

Another study published in 2011 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that people who scored high on intelligence tests as children were much more likely to experiment with illegal drugs in their adulthood, especially cannabis.

Why People Who Write Are Highly Intelligent (Backed by Science)

It is almost everywhere acknowledged that people who pursue careers in science and technology are the really intelligent ones while the ones who take up humanities bear the mark of being second grade.

But what everyone might not know is that writing helps in improving one’s intelligence.

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

1. Writers learn quicker

 “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

In a study of two groups of students where one took notes in the classroom through longhand and the other did the same in their laptops, it was found out that the ones who took handwritten notes retained the information more.

It was also found that they engaged more critically with the information.

By writing longhand they knew that they won’t be able to note down everything and therefore they had to filter the relevant information from the very first moment.

While in case of the ones taking notes on laptops it was more like taking dictation: they were more concerned with noting down all information rather than being focused on the content.


2. Writers are better at organizing and processing information

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Anaïs Nin

It takes a lot of skill in a writer to write exactly what he/she wants to express. It often happens with people that they end up writing something that they never meant to in the first place.

For this, they need to sort and organize their ideas first. Such continuous processing of information makes them able to think clearly in critical situations.


3. Writers find it easier to cope with negativity

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath

In a study in which three groups of unemployed engineers took part, it was found out that those who had to write about their condition regarding their current state of joblessness were twice as likely to find a job eight months after the study (53% versus 24%).

From this, it can be concluded that writing lets a person think of their current problems in a more rational and organized manner. And this helps them in solving their issues more efficiently.


4. Writers have a high EQ

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost

Emotional intelligence is now seen as a more accurate measure of a person’s overall intelligence rather than IQ.

Writers score high on the EQ scale as writing gives them the ability to be perceptive towards not only their own emotions but that of others as well.

Moreover, writers are used to continual self-analysis. This gives them a better understanding of their own emotions.

There are numerous studies which prove that people who write regularly are smarter than others.

To learn more, look up here(http://amj.aom.org/content/37/3/722.short), here(http://pss.sagepub.com/content/25/6/1159), and here(http://www.publicationcoach.com/emotional-intelligence/).

Why People Who Write Are Highly Intelligent (Backed by Science)

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Most Intelligent People Choose To Be Less Social. Here’s why!

Most Intelligent People Choose To Be Less Social. Here’s why!

  • Do you imagine yourself living alone?
  • In that imagination, are you happy and complete in yourself?
  • Do you feel that the rhetoric of society that makes us feel that we need other people is useless?
  • Do you ever want to live like a hermit?
  • Would you prefer the silence of the countryside to the noisy hustle and bustle of the city?
  • Would you prefer spending your time reading a book rather than going to a crazy noisy party?
  • Do your parents worry about you not making enough friends?

If this sounds anything like you, I think you have less reason to worry now. For a very long time now, you have worried about not having a social life. You really stress yourself out on every Friday about your weekend plans and you are worried that the pace at which the world is functioning is not your speed at all.

But, I guess all of this is just fine. Society may easily deem you as anti-social but society doesn’t know that it is proven that you are a genius.


Yes, throw this into everyone’s face now.

According to a recent study, the genius category amongst us finds it extremely hard to associate and socialize with other people. It is not because of the idea that they are anti-social but it is actually because this category does not get any satisfaction out of social engagements as they deem these engagements to be petty and puerile. They are unable to adjust to the pressure of such social interactions and hence dismiss them.

The study works on the premise that people are happier when they live in less densely populated areas. Thus, happiness quotient increases as soon as the population of people around you decreases. Also, happiness increases when interaction decreases.

This means that people who interact less are far happier than people who spend most of their time socializing. This is because the people who socialize less live a far simpler life with less stress and confusion but this is not true for people who socialize more.

The basic thing that the study proves is the fact that some people do not always want to spend their time placating and adulating other people. They really have better things to do. It is psychologically proven that in order to be able to interact with other people in a better way, you need to carry a pretense; an “image” of yourself which other people will like.

This means that most of our social relations are based on approval. So all we seek from the people around us is approval and we spend most of our time and energy in order to get this approval from other people. In the process of seeking this approval, we totally forget to be ourselves and thus our identity gets distorted.

We become less of the person that we actually are and more of the person that other people want us to be and this is not necessarily good because such kind of habit will make us less unique. All the unique, quintessential gifts that we have will be lost to homogeneity. We will be more alike and lose ourselves forever. But the genius knows this problem so very well.

By limiting human interaction, the genius and the highly intelligent people choose to be in their own caves. They do not go through the turmoil of pleasing other people and are thus happier living their own life. This gives them more time to spend and to work on themselves. The time that they get works as a blessing for them as it makes them even better than before.

They are more focused on their life goals. They also remain happier because of the fact that they are unaffected by other people’s judgment of them. Of course, when you are around other people and when you socialize, you are bound to get affected by what other people think and assume about you; but not the highly intelligent ones. This happens because they maintain the ideal distance from other people that helps them to be unaffected by what other people think.

Highly Intelligent People Are A Bunch Of Messy, Cursing Night Owls

Highly Intelligent People Are A Bunch Of Messy, Cursing Night Owls

Hell yeah we are!

For the first time in the history of forever, our moms were wrong.

Growing up I’m sure we’ve all had shared experiences about being demanded to clean our rooms, getting yelled out for muttering “shit” under our breath and forced into bed at 9 p.m. Collectively our parents told us that these things were bad, and we had to learn not to do them.

Well a few recent studies determined that those hour-long lectures were kinda full of shit. 

Science has finally given us something to take back to our parents that isn’t a C on a report card.

Recent studies have shown that people who swear a lot, stay up late and have messy desks are actually more intelligent than most (a.k.a you do-gooders with tidy rooms and clean mouths who never missed curfew).

So if you were always accidentally dropping the f-bomb in front of mom and dad, it’s not because you’re the cool rebel you thought you were. A study last year found that people who swear actually have a greater vocabulary then people who don’t, AND tend to be more confident. Fuck yeah.

Messy rooms that were once a sign of a disorganized and unproductive life, may be seen as a sign of intelligence. A few years ago, researchers found that people who worked at a messy desk generated more interesting and creative ideas and a willingness to break out of unconventional norms.

So next time someone tells you to clean up, politely remind that them that the week-old bag of Doritos on your desk is necessary for your creative brain.

And finally, scientific tests proved that night owls showed the kind of smarts that lead to prestigious job titles and higher incomes. In other words, things you can brag about at your next high school reunion when everyone remembers you as the kid who was always sleeping in second period.

So if your mom is STILL trying to give you shit for just being the badass, foul-mouthed, messy, late-night babe you are, then it might be time to send her back to science class. You have every right to feel confident for being just who you are. 

Source – Yourtango.com
Written by Emily Blackwood

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6 Habits Of Highly Intelligent and Attractive People

Everyone has met somebody who, physical appearance aside, is just truly, deeply appealing. Whether they are physically attractive or not, members of the opposite sex flock to them in droves, and thought you’d like to be annoyed by that, you might actually have a bit of a crush on them yourself. You just want to get to know them better – and so does everyone else.

Whether we are male or female, each of us likely spends hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars over the course of our lives in an effort to improve our physical appearance. We sweat at the gym, buy flattering clothes, shave, bathe, and style our hair in order to maintain our physical appeal – but how much time do we spend cultivating that curious internal magnetism that is actually the basis of most attraction?



The Law of Attraction dictates that we tend to arrive at the outcome which we most expect. Of course this principle does not always hold true – unfortunately for my toddler, who expected cookies for dinner – however, there is certainly something to it. When we radiate a genuine confidence in our actions, others tend to believe in our goals as well. After all, if we don’t believe we deserve our desired outcome, why should the rest of the world?

Focusing on reasons why we should reach our goal puts us in a more confident mindset, and genuine confidence is an infinitely attractive trait. It also helps us to perform at our best. A teenager asking a girl to a school dance is much more likely to get a “yes” if he is smiling, standing tall, and cracking jokes that if he is staring at the floor and mumbling. The message that the latter gives is that he doesn’t think she should want to go to the dance with him. This might, in turn, make her doubt her attraction to him in the first place. However, a wide smile and clever joke will make her feel comfortable, connected, and excited for the fun-filled evening ahead.

A good way to empower yourself before a big moment like this is to write down ten reasons why the person would want to say yes. Once you internalize these reasons, even if you are denied, you will feel that it is their loss and find it easier to move on from the rejection.

Even more effective than doing this before a big moment is to practice it in your daily life. By consciously noticing when you elicit a smile, or when your hair looks great, or when your speech was well received, you are training your brain to look for these positive traits in yourself and, in turn, to see yourself in a flattering light. When you see yourself as an appealing, clever, magnanimous person, others will too.


Most people feel stressed and unsure of themselves when entering a new social situation. Although this is completely natural and understandable, it is far from the best mindset to be in when you want to give off a good impression. A simple trick to counteract this is to learn how to meditate.

Meditation has been shown to lower stress levels and in particular the traits of anxiety, impulsiveness, and worry, all of which often lead to social blunders. It also strengthens your mental strength and focus, creativity, and memory, qualities which are crucial to good conversation and building relationships. Best of all, it only takes twenty minutes a day.


Personal congruence is the practice of aligning your thoughts, words, and actions. Congruence is the quality that causes a person to come off to others as authentic and self-assured. Practicing congruence promotes self-confidence because you are acting with integrity and because others are responding to you as you truly are rather than as you think they would like you to be. Being congruent is about embracing and expressing your true feelings.

Most people fail to be congruent because they do not want to show weakness. However, I have found that some of my best friends are those who have known me at my worst, most unattractive moments. There’s something very endearing and relatable about someone who is being vulnerable – even though they are not perfect. Genuine flaws are usually much more charming than a manufactured veneer of perfection.