Below, we’ve listed 8 common signs of high intelligence, supported by scientific evidence. Read on and see which describes you and check if you are smart or not!
1-You’re not easily distracted
Frank Zhu says “people who can focus for long stretches at a time and tune out distractions” are highly intelligent. As evidence, he points to a 2013 paper published in the journal Current Biology
The paper shows two studies that found people with higher scores in IQ tests were slower to recognize large background movements in an image. That’s likely because they focus on the most important information.
2-Waking up at night
The smarter you are, the more you’re inclined to stay up at night.
One study, published in 2009 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, looked at the link between childhood IQ and sleep habits among thousands of young adults. and the results showed that smarter people said they stayed up later and woke up later on both weekdays and weekends.
3-You’re highly adaptable
Recent psychological research supports this idea. Intelligence depends on being able to change your own behaviors in order to adapt more effectively to your environment.
4-You understand how much you don’t know
The smartest folks are able to admit when they aren’t familiar with a particular concept. As Jim Winer writes, intelligent people “are not afraid to say: ‘I don’t know.’ If they don’t know it, they can learn it.”
Smart people don’t close themselves off to new ideas or opportunities. Hammett writes that intelligent people are “willing to accept and consider other views with value and broad-mindedness,” and that they are “open to alternative solutions.”
6-You like your own company
Dipankar Trehan points out that highly intelligent people tend to be “very individualistic.”
Interestingly, recent research from the British Journal of Psychology suggests that smarter people tend to derive less satisfaction than most people do from socializing with friends.
7-You have high self-control
Zoher Ali writes that smart people are able to overcome impulsiveness by “planning, clarifying goals, exploring alternative strategies and considering consequences before they begin.”
Scientists have found a link between self-control and intelligence. In 2009 study, published in the journal Psychological Science, participants had to choose between two financial rewards: a smaller payout immediately or a larger payout at a later date.
Results showed that participants who chose the larger payout at a later date — those who had more self-control — scored higher on intelligence tests.
8-You’re really funny
Advita Bihani points out that highly intelligent people tend to have a great sense of humor.
University of New Mexico scientists agree. A study they did find that people who wrote funnier captions scored higher on measures of intelligence.