You have probably heard that Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests are a measuring tool for intelligence. The truth is, the test is argument-ally limited and does not account for other intelligent traits. These unaccounted traits are the ability to grow, learn, and cultivate what’s learned. Here are the 5 most studied signs of highly intelligent people
You have High Awareness of Self Control
Highly Intelligent people possess a high awareness of self-control. Possessing such traits allow them to focus on their goals and objectives. To remain connected and not easily swayed away, you must master the controls to your emotions and fend off impulsive decision-making scenarios. In most cases, they can be harmful if not kept unchecked. High self-control also allows you to be less influenced by group thinking. While there is a myriad of knowledge you can learn from others, you are not immediately taken by words shared. Instead, you evaluate and assess them from different viewpoints.
You are Empathic
As part of a highly intelligent person, the ability to experience from a person’s perspective is commonly described as empathy. Empathy is also known as part of emotional intelligence, where it reflects your ability to comprehend emotions and express them healthy and productively. Conversely to having a high awareness of self-control, high empathy allows you to sense when people are struggling, often through subtle signs in their body language or behaviour.
You always Want to Know More
Simple explanations and limited information never satisfy you. Highly intelligent people have a love for reading and learning. Being curious enough to seek knowledge explains your urge to want to know more. Instead of accepting as “it is”, you strive to find out why by navigating the shades of grey to a flat black and white. Besides reading, you also ask questions based on a series of thought processes delving into the roots of an issue or an interest.
You Understand How Much You Do Not Know
Highly intelligent people can admit their lapse in knowledge. You will not be afraid to say ” I do not know”. Instead of seeing it as a weakness, you see this as an opportunity to learn. This is because intelligent people find ignorance towards the unknown as an opportunity to close the gap of knowledge. This trait echoes renowned social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger’s findings that incompetent people tend to overestimate their abilities whilst highly skilled people are likely to doubt theirs.
You are Highly Adaptable and Goes with The Flow
Albert Einstein said the measure of intelligence is the ability to change. As a highly intelligent person, you are adaptable and flexible to your surroundings. You thrive regardless of changes, restrictions, or complications and are likely to settle in the flow. As Donna F. Hammett writes, intelligent people adapt by “showing what can be done regardless of the complications or restrictions placed upon them.”. The likes of Issac Newton, Galileo Galilei, Thomas Edison, Stephen Hawking, and Albert Einstein have demonstrated their ability to adapt works and ideas through the eyes of failure. It comes as no surprise that modern-day highly successful intelligent leaders share the same sentiment. Jeff Bezos looks for the ability to change mind frequently. Elon Musk is all about examining skills over credentials. Steve Jobs searches for the ability to make unexpected connections between fields.