Signs of High Intelligence that are Hard to Notice

Dec 01, 2020James Montalvo

Aside from Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient, there are also many other various forms of intelligence outside of a traditional genius like Einstein. Those other forms of intelligence are inherent and can’t be taught. It includes traits such as emotional intelligence, having a naturally curious mind, or other skills people are born with. While some people’s intelligence is obvious, there are numerous potential signs of evidence that you may not know of. And maybe a great genius lives within you! 

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THEY HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR

Researchers in Austria recently discovered that funny people, particularly those who enjoy dark humor, have higher IQs. They argue that it takes both cognitive and emotional ability to process and produce humor. Their analysis shows that funny people have higher verbal and non-verbal intelligence, and they score lower in mood disturbance and aggressiveness.

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HAVING A GOOD LAUGH

To prove this theory, another example is a study in which they collected 400 psychology students in order to judge the abstract reasoning skills and verbal intelligence of the group. The students were asked to come up with captions for New Yorker cartoons. The captions were then rated by an independent group and the results demonstrated that the students with the funniest responses were also the ones with higher levels of intelligence.

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THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN LUCK

Smart people base their success on hard work, planning, some coincidence, and preparation. They worked hard and nurtured reasonably to become successful. This is so because they have a better understanding of how the world works and do not rely on any fortune teller or luck. Luck is nothing but hypothetical and people who rely upon their lives with it cannot be fully secured with their lives. 

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MAKING THEIR OWN LUCK

For instance, a man who wants to start a business goes out and finds a good business idea for themselves. They don’t sit around and wait for someone to come to them with a bright idea. In a sense, intelligent people make their own luck. They would strive to reach their goals and make things happen.

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THEY ARE IN SHAPE

People whose BMI was above average showed lower IQ results in comparison with other groups. In 2006, a study showed a strong correlation between body mass index and cognitive function. It revealed that lower BMIs can be a sign of enhanced intelligence. So remember, never neglect your health!

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HEALTHY AS CAN BE

Those who are physically fit tend to become more successful. Since they have a higher income, it means they can afford to undergo regular medical checkups and take good care of their health and body. Having more money when you’re grown would even allow you to access decent healthcare. This only reminds us to take care of ourselves and maybe we can be called intelligent. 

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THEY OWN A CAT

Which pet is better, a cat or a dog? While this argument rages on, cat lovers will be delighted to hear that owning a cat can be a sign of higher intelligence. Aside from their clueless reaction at times and aggressive response on some days, they may affect the enhancement of our intellect. 

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FURRY PARENTS 

According to a 2014 study, “cat people” may display higher levels of cognitive ability. Contrary to those who prefer dogs which tend to be more outgoing and extroverted, those who own cats tend to be more introverted. Due to them staying at home, they spend most of their time reading and doing other similar activities.

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THEY ARE LEFT-HANDED

In some instances, we are amused when a person uses his left hand doing most of his chores, especially writing. Since it is unusual, little do we know that it has a correlation with a person's intelligence? According to Maria Konnikova, in a 1995 edition of The New Yorker, “Researchers found that the more marked the left-handed preference in a group of males, the better they were at tests of divergent thought…” 

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THE DOMINANT SIDE?

The idea that left-handedness might be associated with general intelligence or any other cognitive ability. It is at least conceivable that genetic or environmental factors that influence brain development in such a way that someone becomes a left-hander might also affect the development of brain areas linked to intelligence. While the majority of the world is right-handed, it’s interesting to think that those who are left-handed may indeed have an effect on intelligence.

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THEY ARE TALL

Who would have known that height can also be a factor in determining a person’s intelligence? According to one study, as early as three years old, we must keep track of our children before they even attend school. For their height may say something about how smart they are.

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THE HIGHER THE SMARTER?

Supposedly, those who were taller as children and even into adulthood perform significantly better on cognitive tests. Although being tall doesn’t automatically make you smarter, it may have some kind of effect on a person’s intelligence. This goes for beauty queens who are gifted with wits and of course, height. 

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THEY ASK BIG QUESTIONS 

If you have a lot more unknowns and questions in your mind, this might be a sign that you're an intelligent person. Smart people aren’t satisfied with just learning about their immediate surroundings. They tend to dig deeper and are often asking themselves or others highly existential questions such as the meaning of life, whether God exists, and other similar questions. 

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NO END TO THE ASKING

They probably are debating different philosophies and theories to help them wrap their head around such broad concepts. This often leads them to research and read more than most people to satisfy their curiosities. Indeed, learning has no end. Although there isn’t a straight and particular answer, they still enjoy participating in conversations on these subjects.

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THEY STARTED READING AT A YOUNG AGE

Reading is one of the best things anyone can do to improve a child's intelligence, so there is an undeniable correlation between the two. Of course, one notable trait of an intelligent child. Those children have a huge advantage over those who don’t learn to read until later in life. 

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THEY READ A LOT

In a 2012 study, in pairs of identical twins, those who learned to read earlier tended to score higher in tests of cognitive ability as well as verbal and nonverbal skills. The earlier a child studies the alphabet, the more books he/she will manage to read and the broader your horizons are. Of course, this applies to people whose reading experience is diverse. 

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THEY ARE FREQUENTLY ANXIOUS

Those with higher IQs tend to be more anxious than those of lesser intelligence. They over-analyze situations or and become easily troubled with existential questions. They worry so much about issues and problems that are out of their control. Their brains never slow down, apparently.

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OVERTHINKERS

As they argue analyzing the events of the past and accordingly, they also pay more attention to the possible events in the future. This forced them to live with constant stress. While those who are anxious have been proven to score higher on tests of verbal intelligence, those not plagued by anxiety tend to score higher on tests that test for nonverbal intelligence. I guess it's not easy to live with high intelligence at all. 

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THEY TOOK MUSIC LESSONS

People who have taken music lessons at at least one point in their lives tend to have a higher IQ according to research. It appears to benefit children's IQ, behavior, and academic performance. It has been found that this trend is most notable in children between the ages of four and six.

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TRAINING YOUR BRAIN WITH MUSIC

The longer the instruction continues, the larger the effect. Based on numerous studies on the subject, it has been concluded that learning an instrument can help people interpret and analyze things differently rather than those who have never touched an instrument before. If you're doubting if this truly works, then it's time for you to try enrolling in a music class for you'll never know if you'll never try. 

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THEY ARE CONSTANTLY CURIOUS

Research suggests that curiosity is a sign of being smart. It could even be as important as intelligence in how well people do in life. Intelligence, along with curiosity and some personality factors, predicts successful performance in many areas. Needless to say, intelligent people have a hunger for knowledge like no other.

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QUESTIONS ALL AROUND 

According to Dr. Sophie von Stumm, “Curiosity is basically a hunger for exploration. If you’re intellectually curious, you’ll go home, you’ll read the books. If you’re perceptually curious, you might go traveling to foreign countries and try different foods.” Curious people tend to be a sign of higher intelligence because it means that somebody isn’t content not knowing things. They want to truly understand how things work or why things are the way that they are.

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THEY ARE DISORGANIZED

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" While you might think that most intelligent people would be extremely organized, that’s not always the case. Many intelligent people tend to have messy desks or rooms and it is because they use chaos as creative fuel.

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THERE IS ORDER IN THE CHAOS

Even Albert Einstein was known to appear very disheveled with his work strewn out all over the place. This proves that being messy doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is lazy or flustered. It can simply mean that some people have unending ideas and things to work for that they don’t find the organization to be more important than their work.

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THEY ARE THE ELDEST SIBLING

Eldest siblings will be truly thrilled to hear that being an older sibling tends to play a role in an individual’s intelligence. However, this has nothing to do with genetics. It is only for the reason that older siblings tend to have received a lot of attention from adults after they were born as the first child. 

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FIRST OF THE LITTER

Aside from being the first child to experience new things, they are also the first ones to learn lessons. As they make mistakes and learn from them, they also set an example for their younger siblings. We just hope all children are responsible enough to play their roles. 

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THEY WERE BREASTFED AS A BABY

A long-term study has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence. Amazingly, something that has also been thought to improve the promotion of breastfeeding to feed babies while they are young. This was proven in a 2007 study in which children who were breastfed scored about seven points higher in an IQ test in comparison to children who were not.

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MOTHER'S MILK IS THE WAY

Apparently, babies who are breastfed are apt to have a higher IQ than babies that weren’t. However, this only applies if they had one version of the FADS2 gene. All women have the right to choose whether to breastfeed their babies or not which means not everyone can acquire this. 

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THEY’RE NIGHT OWLS

People might think night owls are unproductive creatures since they are still sleeping while the early birds are already sitting at their desks. A 2009 study, however, shows that the opposite is true. People who stay up late and sleep in later can more likely become more intelligent than those who have regular sleeping hours.

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IN THE DARK, THEY THINK

​​​​​Researchers believe that those who sleep and wake up later are less likely to get tired as fast as someone who gets up super early in the morning with the help of an alarm clock. These people might enjoy being awake at night as it gives them the opportunity to be alone with their own thoughts and no distractions.

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THEY CAN BE VIEWED AS LAZY

 We often assume that people who are lazy are people who know nothing else but effortlessly rest. Well, it turns out you just might be wrong. A recent study published in "The Independent" suggests that less active individuals, "the lazy," might be more brainy than those who are constantly active. 

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GIVING THEIR BIG BRAINS SOME REST

They found out that non-thinkers get bored more easily, so they need to fill their time. Smart people tend not to exert too much effort because they’re already smart enough to solve a problem or get something done without exerting more energy than they need. This is often why intelligent people are unorganized, as they don’t feel that they need to spend the time organizing things and they are confident that they will be fine without it.

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THEY AREN’T EASILY DISTRACTED

Being focused on a thing you're doing despite the distraction can also be a sign of intelligence. If you’re one of them, then this can be a sign that you're a clever one. According to the 2013 journal Current Biology, Frank Zhu claims that “People who can focus for long stretches at a time and tune out distractions” are highly intelligent.”

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MAINTAINING THAT FOCUS

Intelligent people have the ability to stay focused on one thing. It is something that not everyone can say for themselves. They do this to get the job easily done and not take the time away from something else that they’d rather be doing. Simply put, intelligent people know how to keep their eye on the prize.

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THEY ADMIT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW

According to research, having the insight and honesty to hold your hands up and say you're ignorant or inexperienced about an issue is a sign that a person is intelligent. In fact, the smartest people are those who have an understanding of how much they don’t know and admit it. People can still be intelligent, without knowing everything.

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KNOWS THEIR LIMITS

Academic Jim Winer said that “Intelligent people “are not afraid to say: ‘I don’t know.’ If they don’t know it, they can learn it”. If an intelligent person doesn’t know something, it may spark their curiosity and set them out to find answers. Indeed, it's better to admit you have no idea about a thing than trying to be a know-it-all. 

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THEY’RE THE SILENT TYPE

The less you speak, the more you hear. This must be the reason why some people who are quiet and observant are considered smart. As they say, the quietest people are those whose brains are powerful. While sometimes this is true, it’s not always the case. So remember to take in everything you see before reacting.

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READING THE ROOM

 Some silent people might just have nothing to say. The smart silent types are those you’ll notice start to open up later in the night or in a conversation. They start out quietly while they assess the situation then make their response after thoughtful consideration. Are you that type of person?

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THEY WELCOME CHALLENGES

It’s fascinating how smart people approach problems. While others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome. They are confident in the face of hardships and aren’t scared of a challenge. Their curious nature also enjoys finding different ways to beat these challenges.

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TAKING THINGS HEAD ON

As difficulties in their lives pile up, they refuse to crumble underneath the weight of it. To make their life easier, they prioritize these problems, then resolve them one at a time. This trick keeps stress levels lower and allows the person to work on their problem-solving skills. Smart people will even see new problems coming and plan for them in advance to keep their world spinning out of control.

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THEIR FRIENDS ARE ALSO SMART

Studies show that intelligent people tend to hang out with other intelligent people. If a majority of the people you socialize with are smart, then you’re probably pretty smart, too! We’re not just talking book smart type of people. Intelligence can come in many forms. If you are friends with an exceptional artist, then you're probably pretty smart too. The same goes for writers and even athletes!

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THEY ARE PERFECTIONISTS

Highly intelligent people can be perfectionists. It is because smart people are so good at analyzing things, they are quick to find faults and problems. It can often feel like anything they do is not good enough because it is not perfect.  They tend to continuously make little changes throughout their lives to reach their ultimate goal. Nothing is ever enough and they will keep trying. And then try some more because they just can’t help themselves.

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THEY CONSTANTLY QUESTION THEMSELVES

Nobody who’s ignorant ever realizes that they’re ignorant. Intelligent people usually don’t feel comfortable talking about themselves. They don’t see themselves as experts and they do not have the same firm confidence that ignorant people have. It is because they focus more on what they don’t know rather than what they do.

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THEIR MINDS ARE ALWAYS BUZZING

​​​​​​​​​​​​​To constantly question yourself might be a sign to be highly intelligent. We don’t mean you lack self-esteem, we mean you don’t lie to yourself when you’re bad at something or when you could be more sensitive to the people around you. This doesn’t mean you just actively try impressing others by questioning yourself. This means you are able to recognize your own faults as a person. And above all, you are willing to work on them to better yourself.

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There you have it! How many traits do you share with highly intelligent people? Does this mean you believe you're highly intelligent as well? Let us know in the comment section. Who knows? Maybe you're a genius just waiting to be unlocked! For more fun articles like this, check out Amomedia! 

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