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Weird Habits You Might Exhibit That Suggest You Have Above-Average Intelligence
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Jun 2017
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Ever wondered why highly creative people have habits that completely set them apart from others? Being involved in creative projects includes plenty of brainstorming, which in turn requires a certain level of intelligence.
In an article on Reader’s Digest, Tina Donvito lists nine strange habits that clever people exhibit. These behaviors are often seen by others as unideal—such as keeping messy desks and distractedly doodling—but who has the last laugh now?
Find out four habits that might indicate you have an above-average intelligence and check out five more by reading the full article on Reader’s Digest.
You have a messy workspace
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You might expect an intelligent person to maintain an organized desk. An experiment conducted by the University of Minnesota, however, showed that people placed in a messy setting were able to come up with more creative ideas than those in an organized area.
“Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights,” explains Kathleen Vohs, PhD. “Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.”
The case about right-brained people being more imaginative than intelligent has also been debunked. Turns out, creativity is something that smarter people possess. Jonathan Wai, PhD, from the Duke University Talent Identification Program says, “I’d guess that it’s not messiness that helps creativity, but creativity which may create messiness.”
“Such people tend to get lost in thought focusing on a problem or issue, and cleanliness becomes of less importance than focusing on the problem at hand.”
Find out what your workspace says about your personality, and what co-workers might think about you.
You stay up late
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Are you sleep deprived? Congratulations, you might also be smarter than most others. The London School of Economics and Political Science discovered that night owls tend to have higher IQs than early birds.
The authors of the study related this back to evolution. Since night time used to be more dangerous, people who were on the lookout during the later moments had to be more intelligent than those going to sleep.
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It’s a common belief that people who swear are uncouth and lack the intelligence to utter proper words. That’s untrue, says “renowned expert in cursing” Timothy Jay, PhD, and his colleagues. In general, people who can think of more swear words have a larger vocabulary.
“The more words you generated in one category meant the more words you generated in another category, orally and verbally… [but] it’s part of your emotional intelligence to know how and when to use these words.”
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UK researchers have learned that scribbling thoughtlessly benefits the memory and provides the brain with extra room for visual expressions of concepts and emotions. Their study found that people who were doodling could further recall up to 29% of information in comparison to those who didn’t.
Dr Wai adds, “Perhaps it’s not the actual act of doodling, but the act of taking a break of any kind that matters.”
Find out six more habits that indicate you’re smarter than most people by reading the full article on Reader’s Digest.
[via Reader’s Digest, images via various sources]
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