The simple measurement of IQ is now less and less considered a reliable test. Instead, thanks also to statistical big data, it seems that more and more character traits emerge that would unite individuals with a truly smart brain. Let’s see.
Eleven traits in common between truly intelligent people
Starting from a survey by Quora – the social network dedicated to interactive information with users – Business Insider UK magazine has extrapolated eleven traits that, in accordance with science, are shared by highly intelligent people. Here they are.
- THEY ARE HIGHLY ADAPTABLE
In the sense that they manage to unravel it well in very different contexts, also changing – if necessary – work, career, place of residence.
- They realize they don’t know a lot of things
A sure sign of intelligence is to openly admit that you are unfamiliar with many topics. Leonardo said of himself that he was “Homo sanza Letter”, that is ignorant in literature and grammar.
- THEY HAVE AN INSTABLE CURIOSITY
Highly intelligent people are fascinated by things that others find discounted or trivial. Like Einstein with time and space.
- THEY ARE OPEN OF MIND
They are available for new ideas, opportunities and alternatives – but at the same time they take great care in selecting them.
- They love to be with themselves
In a sense, they are very individualistic, and less willing to socialize than the average person.
- HAVE A HIGH SELF-CONTROL CAPACITY
There is a proven link between intelligence and the ability to manage one’s emotional repertoire in a functional way.
- THEY ARE FUN
All studies in this regard agree: people with a high intelligence score love to laugh and have a great sense of humor.
- THEY ARE VERY INVOLVABLE FROM OTHER EXPERIENCES
Smart people can almost “feel” what others are experiencing and thinking. They have high empathy and are typically interested in meeting new people.
- THEY ARE ABLE TO CONNECT APPARENTLY DISTANT CONCEPTS
Where others do not see relationships and parallels, highly intelligent people manage to identify patterns and patterns unthinkable for most.
- THEY ARE PROCRASTINATORS
It is not laziness, it is simply that they are always engaged – even when you do not see it – with issues that they find richer in meaning than the daily chores.
- ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORLD, LIFE, THE UNIVERSE
And that’s one reason why they tend to be anxious more easily than average: the complexity itself isn’t reassuring.