Have you always felt that your intelligence was superior to most people around you? Growing up our childhood is largely based on the concept of how smart we can demonstrate that we are, and how we stack up against our peers. This is enforced through test scores, school assignments and the quest to be accepted into our school of choice. We quickly learn to accept that our ability to memorize and recall information taught to us in classes is the true measure of how ‘smart’ we are within our education system.
As we leave the world of academia and enter to the real world, we are introduced to the idea that the qualifications to be ‘smart’ as were accepted in school no longer accommodate the true measure of intelligence. When aspects such as ‘street smarts’ are added to the equation, one must look outside of the traditional testing process. We begin looking at a number of different factors such as curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. This broader definition of the word ‘smart’ can be hard to define and identify, however, there are signs that we can watch for.
Check out these 15 scientifically proven signs that you are smarter than average:
You are a procrastinator.
Experts say that many of the greatest minds of our time were found to be procrastinators. This may be due to a complete focus on one specific task, putting all others aside for the time being, or it may be a technique to tap into their deeper, creative side. One great example often found to procrastinate while working towards his next big innovation was Steve Jobs.
You are open to the opinions of others.
Psychologists have found that people who remain open-minded when presented with the opinions and views of others, actively seeking out new ways to approach a situation, score higher on intelligence tests than their closed-minded peers.
You ponder the meaning of life.
Due to their ability to view the bigger picture in life, intelligent people often find themselves pondering some of life’s bigger questions such as: ‘what is the meaning of life?’ or ‘what is the point of everything?’ At times they may even overanalyze these questions to the point of causing anxiety.
You are adaptable.
As we discussed, true intelligence is a much more rounded concept, allowing intelligent people to succeed in a number of different settings and situations. Research indicates that highly intelligent people are incredibly flexible, able to cope with changes in their environment, finding ways either to adapt or to alter the environment to work for them.
You enjoy your alone time.
Intelligent people prefer the company of others who challenge their intellect and push them to see life through a different lens. They are not likely to experience enjoyment or satisfaction out of basic social situations, as they don’t care for small talk or mindless banter. They would rather be alone with their thoughts than being forced into a social setting.
You come from a smart family.
Studies have shown that intelligence is, to at least some degree inherited. Our genes play an important role in determining how the brain develops, which can, in turn, lead to determining our cognitive abilities.
You are not easily distracted.
Those who are able to focus on the task at hand for long periods of time, tuning out any possible distractions in the area, are showcasing a sign of intelligence according to experts. This is due to the individual’s ability to identify the important information, dedicating their attention solely it while filtering out the rest.
You have a high level of self-control.
As intelligent people are more adept at viewing the ‘big picture,’ setting long-term goals and understanding the sacrifices required in order to achieve them, they learn to exhibit a stronger sense of self-control in their lives. If given the option, they are more likely to choose to forgo instant gratification in exchange for long-term gain.
You aren’t afraid to admit that you don’t know everything.
People who rank higher on the intelligence scale are aware of the fact that they do not know everything about everything. They will readily admit when a subject comes up that they are not familiar with. On the other hand, those who are less intelligent have been found to overestimate their cognitive abilities, believing that they know more than they actually do.
You have musical abilities.
Researchers have been assessing the connection between musical ability and intelligence, attempting to discover if there is a difference. What they found is that musicians have brains that are structurally and functionally different than those of non-musicians.
You have a good sense of humor.
Experts have discovered that those people in life who are found to be genuinely ‘funny’ are also likely to be highly intelligent. This includes everyone from the artists behind the funniest comic strips to stand up comedians.
You are a night owl.
We have all heard the saying ‘the early bird gets the worm,’ but experts are now saying that phrase may not elude to real intelligence. Studies show that those who stay up later and wake up later both on weekends and throughout the week are found to be smarter.
You display empathy for others.
Those individuals who are highly in tune to the needs, feelings, and emotions of other people around them, understanding them and connecting with them on a deeper level, are more likely to possess a strong emotional intelligence according to psychologists.
You are highly curious.
Intelligent people are always learning and expanding their knowledge base, open to new information and experiences at any time. Experts say that this curiosity starts at a young age and carries well into our adult lives.
You can easily identify patterns and connections.
The ability to draw parallels between various seemingly unconnected ideas is one that experts say is found in the minds of the more intelligent individuals amongst us. This ability to see patterns and connections is both the sign of an analytical mind and of higher creativity.