While IQ is far from being the only thing that determines success in life, a high IQ isn’t a bad thing to have. And there’s really no one who wouldn’t mind having one.
A number of us go through life never knowing how smart we are. It’s a difficult thing to measure, but new research provides some interesting clues linking early life experiences to, among other things, high intelligence.
If any of the following applies to you, you might have a high IQ.
It’s hard to think of anxiety as a good thing, but evidence suggests that it might not be all bad. Psychiatrist Jeremy Coplan studied patients with anxiety disorders and found that the people with the worst symptoms had higher IQ scores than those with milder symptoms.
Other studies have found higher verbal IQ scores in people with higher levels of anxiety. So, the next time somebody tells you to stop worrying so much, just tell them it’s your high intellect getting in the way.
You were an early reader
A British study of 2,000 pairs of identical twins found that, despite their identical genes, the children who started reading earlier had higher IQ scores (both verbal and nonverbal) than their siblings. On the surface, this one seems easy enough to explain: the kids who learned to read early did so because they were smarter. But that wasn’t the case.
The researchers concluded that learning to read early actually had a developmental impact. It made the kids smarter. So, if you were an early reader, it might not be because you’re smart. It may be that you’re smart because you were an early reader.
It turns out that all of those teachers who tried to force lefties to write with their right hands may have had it backward. While there is a small and, as of yet, unexplained correlation between being left-handed and being a criminal, there are some intellectual benefits.
One large study demonstrated that left-handedness is associated with divergent thinking, all the more so in males. This unique ability to combine two unrelated objects in a meaningful way is a sign of intelligence.
If you were a class clown during your school days, or the one who makes people reel with laughter at home, work or among your group of friends, rejoice! Research shows a strong connection between being funny and having high scores in both verbal intelligence and abstract reasoning.
It appears that your witty banter is the product of a sharp mind.
This list is far from exhaustive, so if none of the items above apply to you, it doesn’t exclude you from having a high IQ. But if a lot of these items do apply to you, you just might be really smart.
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