When we refer to intelligence, or ‘being smart,’ you likely find yourself picturing the book smart individual, able to dictate facts without the blink of an eye. The truth is that there are a number of different recognized forms of intelligence, many of which vary from this stereotype entirely.
It has long been accepted that there is a distinct difference between ‘book smarts’ and ‘street smarts.’ On one hand, you have the individuals that flourish within our education system, learning data and facts, and recalling them with a surprising degree of accuracy. These are the individuals that we are taught, growing up, will succeed in all that they do in life. However, those who are street smart may possess a different type of knowledge, but it is equally as impressive! These are the people who, when out in the real world, suddenly pull ahead. They have a deep understanding of how the world works and are able to use it to their advantage.
These forms of intelligence can often be traced back to specific personality traits, for example, those who are genuinely bold, outgoing and courageous often rate higher in street smarts. Meanwhile, the quieter, more introverted individuals that are driven by facts and data are statistically more likely to score high in book smarts.
Interested in how you measure up? Here are the 3 most intelligent zodiac signs:
Capricorn (December 20 – January 19)
If you have ever met a stereotypical book smart individual, they were likely a Capricorn. Driven by facts, knowledge, data, and truth, a Capricorn embraces the idea of ongoing education in our lives. Regardless of the situation that they may face, they will find the lesson they are meant to learn from it, a skill that will carry them far in their own personal development. They can often be found with their nose in a book, but if you are prepared for a deep, meaningful conversation they will happily put it down, eager to learn from your own experiences and first-hand knowledge. Just don’t waste their time with small talk.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
There is no one more unique than an Aquarius, and the fact that they view life through their own individual lens actually sets them apart on the intelligence scale. How does that work, you ask? While the rest of the world is struggling with a problem, an Aquarius is often the one to find a solution, thinking outside the box. They are like a walking encyclopedia, full of random knowledge and facts – but don’t try to make sense of what they do and don’t know. There is no rhyme or reason to what information sticks in their mind.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Highly perfectionist by nature, this incredible attention to detail will often propel a Virgo forward. There is nothing that you can hide from the detail oriented and watchful eye of a Virgo, and this is one of the reasons that they rank so incredibly high on the intelligence scale. You don’t have to tell them what you’re thinking, as they will pick up on even the most subtle body language, allowing them to feed off the others around them. Not only does this level of observation serve them well when it comes to their career, but it also allows them to be an amazing friend.