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Intelligent people and smart people are two very different things. Sure, most people might assume they are the same, but even some of the dullest lights can be intelligent in their own ways.

Below, I am going to go over some of the more common signs that you might be more intelligent than you think. These are things people can try to fake but never truly get right. You either have them or you don’t there is not much of an in-between.

If you’re intrigued by intelligence and its many facets, consider diving into the “Intelligence Quotient Guidebook” that provides insights into different types of intelligence.

14 Things That Prove You Have An Intelligence That Cannot Be Faked:

1. You have a lot of self-control.

You are able to keep yourself in check big time. You know who you are and who you are not. Bad timing is not a thing with you.

2. You are easily distracted.

You sometimes find yourself a bit distracted. Those who do not let their minds wander are not intelligent. Being distracted is not a bad thing. It means your mind is able to do more than you think it is. For those who are often sidetracked, the book “Harnessing Distractions” offers techniques to channel your wandering mind productively.

3. You stay up late.

Smarter people tend to stay up late. If you are a bit of a night owl, then you might be more intelligent than you think. This meaning intelligent in the ways most people would assume. There is nothing wrong with being a person of the night. Even DaVinci slept the most during the day.

4. You worry about the small things, a lot.

One study found that kids who worried more scored higher on tests. The more we ruminate, the more intelligent we are. Those who tend to worry about things also tend to put more into the work that they do.

5. You question everything.

People with higher intelligent levels tend to really spend more time thinking. They question things other people might not question. For those curious minds, “The Art of Questioning” is an excellent read that delves into the power of asking the right questions. They are always going out of their way to figure things out.

6. You understand that there is a lot you do not know.

This is probably one of the most prominent things that intelligent people do. They know that they are not the smartest people in the world. Sometimes there are things we don’t know, and there is nothing wrong with that. Truly intelligent people are the only ones who accept this.

7. You have a good sense of humor.

Humor affects our intellectual abilities. It keeps our brain and so forth in good condition so that we can remain intelligent. If you find a lot of things to be funny and laugh at things other people might not it is a better sign than you might think.

8. Your memory is very in depth.

The more detailed your memory is, the better. Do you remember tiny details of things other people don’t? This is a sign that you are picking up on things in real time that most are not.

9. You tend to procrastinate.

Intelligent people tend to procrastinate more because they know that they can still get things done. They put things off until the very last minute and then rush them together. While this is not always the case, it is a lot of the time. For those seeking to enhance their memory, “Mastering Memory Techniques” can be a handy guide.

10. You are very specific.

People who are highly intelligent are much more specific than most people. When they give directions or tell a story, it is highly detailed. They know how things should be and want to give as much information as possible.

11. You are very curious.

Intelligent people are usually very curious people. They seek out a lot of things that other people don’t. They tend to think more than the average person and so when they notice something their curiosity about it becomes peaked.

12. You have thick skin.

Intelligent people do not often let things other people say affect them. They have thick skin and know that when people insult them, they are merely trying to build themselves up. These things will not bring them down.

13. You do not underestimate or overestimate yourself.

Intelligent people know who they are and what they are capable of. They don’t force themselves to take too much on at once, and they don’t undergo anything either. Intelligent people know their limits.

14. You are very empathetic.

Intelligent people are more empathic than other people. They really feel things on a deeper level than your average Joe. While this can be a bad thing, it is also generally a very good thing.