Strange Signs That You May Be Smarter Than the Average Bear
Many people want to be geniuses, but do you really know what that means? How do you know if you’re a genius? An IQ test is one good indicator, but there are a few common behaviors and signs that geniuses display, too.
There are well-known displays of genius, most often shown in conversation and test taking. However, there are other signs that most people have no clue they should look for. The following are some quirky behaviors that might be signs of genius.
You Enjoy Your Own Company
Though being a loner isn’t a rule, most intelligent people prefer their own company and solitude over hanging out with others. The silence gives them time to hear their thoughts and to process their ideas and emotions. Intelligent people like to be inside their own heads much more than others' heads.
You Tend to Be Messy
If your personal spaces — especially your workspace — stay messy, it might be a sign of higher intelligence. It’s been said more than once that creative people are messy. This is also true for geniuses. Tidy workspaces tend to cramp the thought processes of intelligent people, while chaotic ones tend to encourage much more creativity.
You Find Yourself Spinning Your Wheels
Geniuses tend to procrastinate, almost turning it into an artform. This actually isn’t laziness, though. A genius procrastinates for one simple reason: They cannot decide where to start. Highly intelligent people usually have a head full of thoughts and ideas they want to try, but finding the starting point is a problem.
You’re Picky About How You Use Your Resources
When geniuses finally do make decisions, they’re picky about how they spend their time, money and other resources. Once they’ve mentally settled on what’s important, they won’t be swayed, even if it seems like a terrible idea to others.
You Delegate With Ease
Thanks to their uncanny ability to map out the path of their venture beforehand, geniuses know exactly where their own resources will serve them best. This means that they have no qualms about delegating the remaining tasks to others and have no problem relinquishing control over a task that they don’t feel is worthy of their own time and effort.
You Refuse to Rush
Geniuses take their time to decide what to do, so why would they not take their time to get it done? They’re gifted at finding shortcuts that make tasks easier, and they have no problem using those shortcuts if they’re efficient.
You Exercise — Maybe
Though some intelligent people may be quite thin, it is not usually due to an interest in exercise. It’s quite the opposite, actually, as intellectuals prefer to do intellectual work; being active is usually nowhere near the top of the priority list.
You Find Loud Noises Overwhelming
In the same sense that highly intelligent people prefer solitude, loud noises are disturbing to them. This may be because geniuses are often living inside of their thoughts and sudden, loud sounds shock them out of their pondering. Or perhaps they assume one of their doomsday thoughts is becoming a reality.
You Want to "Know It All"
Like a cat, an intellectual’s curiosity is insatiable. Highly intelligent people have a deep need to know it all. It’s not for bragging rights or to prove to others just how smart they are, either. They simply want to know everything that they can.
You Still Can Admit You Don't Know It All Yet
One great thing about very intelligent people is that they generally don’t know just how intelligent they are. More often than not, they underestimate their intelligence, whereas people with average and below-average intelligence overestimate their intelligence. The smarter the person is, the less confident they seem to be.
You Have No Box
You know that saying, "Think outside the box"? This is something that highly intelligent people don’t normally need to be reminded of — mostly because they have no boxes. Traditional answers don’t satisfy or stimulate geniuses, so they’re automatically looking for extraordinary solutions to even the most ordinary problems.
You Are Empathetic
There are people out there who have very high IQs but very low emotional intelligence. This is due to the tendency to think mostly on an intellectual level. If you’ve ever seen an episode of Sherlock, you’ve seen this in action.
You Are an Expert at Putting Distractions on Hold
While unexpected noises may cause a genius some problems, they can easily put everyday, common distractions out of their minds. They can put all of their focus into their work and completely tune out the world around them as long as nothing loud and unusual occurs.
You See Connections Even When There Don't Seem to Be Any
One reason geniuses are so great at solving problems is that they have an incredible ability to see connections between things. Often, these connections aren’t seen by the average eye and have no obvious relationship at all.
You Can Make Others Laugh
Geniuses tend to have as much verbal intelligence as they do mental intelligence, meaning that they often have awesome senses of humor. This may have something to do with those unfathomable connections that they make, at least in some cases. Perhaps it could be due to the wealth of information that’s floating around in their minds.
Sometimes Your Humor Can Seem Inappropriate
While humor is a great thing, sometimes a highly intelligent person's sense of humor can get them into trouble. At times, the jokes go beyond silliness and lightheartedness to a much darker type of humor. While it may seem disrespectful, that’s not actually the way they intend it.
You Are a Cat Person
It makes sense that geniuses are curious like cats are, especially because they’re much more often cat people than dog people. This fact is often shown even in cartoons where the "evil genius" is sitting in his chair petting his cat.
You Are a Worrier
Highly intelligent people are constantly learning new things, pondering questions and working to solve problems in new and interesting ways. Is it any wonder, then, that they tend to worry often and about almost everything? With all of this information rolling around in their heads, worry seems like a natural result.
You Find That Things Come Pretty Easily to You
Geniuses seem to have a completely unfair advantage. In most cases, they simply do not have to try as hard as others. First off, with the ability to make connections between things, highly intelligent people most likely understand things that others have to force, such as difficult definitions or scientific concepts.
You Are the Oldest Child
When there’s more than one child in the family, the oldest one is often the smartest of the group. This isn’t because all of the intelligence was passed onto the first child and there wasn’t much left for the rest. It’s actually more likely that parents are able to be more involved with the first child than the others.
You’re the Night Owl, Not the Early Bird
It’s a pretty widely known idea that highly intelligent people tend to stay up later than others. Geniuses tend to prefer working all-nighters instead of rising with the sun. Is this a biological characteristic or simply a choice that they make?
Your Vocabulary Includes Some Less-Than-Stellar Words
You might have been told when you were growing up something like, "People who cuss do so because they have nothing intelligent to say." It sounds accurate, but it may not be. Oddly enough, the more naughty words there are in a person's vocabulary, the bigger their overall vocabulary tends to be.
You Prefer Cold Showers
Cold water has long been thought to wake up your nervous system and your brain, so it’s no surprise that cold showers may be linked to higher cognitive function. But those who love hot showers can still enjoy higher intellectual capabilities.
You Doodle Long After Elementary School
Remember when you were young and loved to doodle? Sometimes even on off-limit things like the wall or your school desk? It’s a normal trait for young children, but it may be a sign of advanced intelligence for adults. The question is, "Why?"
Your Head Is in the Clouds
Daydreaming may be frowned upon, but it’s actually a very effective activity. It provides benefits similar to doodling. Your brain gets to take a break and reset, and it allows you time to visualize things. It doesn’t stop there though.
You Talk to Yourself
If you’ve been told that talking to yourself is a sign that you’re crazy, you’ve been told wrong. It’s actually a very helpful way to remember things, talk out problems and come up with solutions. It’s similar to using a friend to "talk it out."
You Are Efficiency-Driven
Geniuses look around themselves and — with or without effort — find ways to make everyday tasks more efficient. This goes along with their being picky about where they spend their time. To spend more time than is necessary on a given task is a waste of resources in the mind of a genius.
You Constantly Utilize the Internet
The beauty of the internet is that it offers a wealth of information at your fingertips and can give you the answers you need in seconds. For the ever-curious genius, this is simply another way to fuel their fire and expand their knowledge.
You Have Near-Constant Anxiety
While being a worrier has already been discussed, being riddled with anxiety full-time is an extension of this. Many geniuses have a hard time sitting still — relaxing is not a common occurrence. This is because many very intelligent people ponder everything, including the "doom and gloom" that might happen in any given situation.
You're Like a Chameleon
Geniuses are quite gifted at being able to adapt to pretty much any situation they might face. This is likely due to a number of other traits we’ve listed here. For instance, because they’re natural problem solvers, geniuses simply respond by becoming what they need to be.