It seems that intelligence could be perceived in many different ways. Here’s how Maya Angelou described it:
“I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.”
Yet nowadays intelligence would stand for the capacity of thinking logically, having a good understanding of things, self-awareness, being capable of learning, possessing the emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, and problem-solving. It could be summarized as the ability to perceive or gather information and to preserve it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context. (source Wikipedia)
An intelligent person’s level of thinking surpasses others’ by a large margin.
But the truth is that there is a lack of actually intelligent individuals in this world.
There are people who we could call the elite rather than the people whose intelligence capabilities correspond to the definition provided above. We sometimes tend to mistake famous authors, scientists, doctors, lawyers, politicians, CEOs and the likewise for highly intelligent individuals. Many of these professions really possess high IQ level and exhibit intelligence. And many of these people actually are intelligent. But this is not always the case. It would be a delusion to call all of them highly intelligent keeping in mind the totality of the word ‘intelligent’.
So how can we be sure that the men or women who we consider intelligent are actually ones?
It turns out that scientists have proved an interesting fact. The higher the IQ, the less the people are concerned about everyday tasks such as tidiness, ‘good language’ and good rest. After having asked 1,000 people about 400 typical behaviors researchers at the University of Rochester found out that there is a link between intelligence and swearing. It’s news that every foul-mouthed person has been waiting for – now you could excuse your potty mouth as one of the side-effects of being smart.
According to research findings published in Personality and Individual Difference journal, of all the participants who were asked to state how often they would display 400 different behaviors, the ones who had higher intellect were more likely to curse.
That theory is also supported by another study which claims that people who are able to name the most swear words in a minute would score higher results on IQ tests.
It turns out that instead of revealing poor vocabulary, the research confirmed that swearing was a sign of rhetorical strength.
And that’s not all. Another study conducted in 2009 found a highly significant correlation between childhood IQ and a student’s average times of going to bed, waking up, on weekdays and weekend days.
The positive correlation here means the brighter the later. The scientists estimated the following. Participants with IQ of less than 75 tend to go to bed at around 23:41 on weeknights in early adulthood. And those with IQ of more than 125 go to bed at around 00:29. Here are the scientists’ conclusions:
“More intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal adults who go to bed late. And wake up late on both weekdays and weekends. The alleged reason is that the more intelligent individuals are the more they could adopt new and unconventional habits. Regular nocturnal activities are supposedly nonexistent in our tribal history.”
As surprising as it may sound, another quality shared by most of the smart people is the fact they tend to live in a mess.
Authors J.K. Rowling, Mark Twain, and Roald Dahl are known to work in a messy atmosphere. They had confirmed that their writing space was always floating in a sea of paper, books, photos, and other irrelevant stuff. But believe it or not that atmosphere is actually very stimulating and it seems that there is a scientific explanation why.
A 2013 study led by Kathleen Vohs at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management found that messy places stimulate creativity. On the other hand, being neat and tidy seemed to be a trait of people who preferred the monotony of the status quo.
Messiness might explain an effective methodology for creative problem-solving. In this sense, messiness becomes a physical manifestation of a willingness to defy convention and jettison from patterns.
“From a young age, we feel bad about being messy. Disorganized or unkempt people are frequently maligned by society,” says John Haltiwanger of Elite Daily.
“In the process, we tend to overlook the hidden benefits of this quality. It takes courage to embrace disorder. It often requires accepting constant criticism and going against social constructs.” In other words, messy people don’t respect the status quo. They’re already bucking tradition.”
Eventually, we could sum up that not all the people who seem good enough to be called highly intelligent are ones and the other way round.
Because no matter how strange it may seem the behaviors discussed above have been scientifically confirmed sign of intelligence.