9 Surprising Personality Traits of Highly Intelligent People
Intelligent people often have interesting personality traits that differentiate them from the rest of the world as well as their high intelligence. To make it simple, these people have some weird habits that seem to be very unconventional for those who are supposed to be perfect, at least judging by their intelligence.
In this article, we share 10 of those personality traits, maybe you will find yourself among these intelligent people who have surprising personality traits:
1. YOU ARE LEFT-HANDED
A study earlier this year found a significant link between people’s handedness and their ability to perform arithmetic tasks, but the correlation changes depending on age and gender.
Psychologists from the University of Liverpool and the University of Milan conducted a study involving 2,300 students in Italy aged between six and 17 years.They asked them to complete a number of mathematical tasks, including simple arithmetic and problem-solving.‘This study found there is a moderate, yet significant, correlation between handedness and mathematical skill,’ said Giovanni Sala, who conducted the study.But the relationship is complicated.‘We found that the degree of handedness predicted mathematical performance in different ways, according to age, type of task, and gender,’ Sala told MailOnline.
2. YOU ARE MESSY
This is common to all intelligent people. Being a messy is a crucial part of the lives of intelligent people. However, this happens because their thoughts are always busy, so their energy is exhausted. They often can’t or really don’t want to bother with cleaning the mess behind them.
3. YOU SWEAR A LOT
Swearing is trait of the intelligent people too. Sounds confusing, but intelligent people use to swear a lot and have a colorful tongue. They often use swearing as a weapong, but the tension is always supposed to escalate once they want to show their verbal dominance.Kristin and Timothy Jay, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts psychologists who co-wrote the study, said it proved swearing was positively correlated with verbal fluency.‘We cannot help but judge others on the basis of their speech,’ they wrote.
‘Unfortunately, when it comes to taboo language, it is a common assumption that people who swear frequently are lazy, do not have an adequate vocabulary, lack education, or simply cannot control themselves.’
In their conclusion, they added: ‘The overall finding of this set of studies, that taboo fluency is positively correlated with other measures of verbal fluency, undermines the [normal] view of swearing.’
4. YOU CAN MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH
The good sense of humor is also a sign of intelligence. People who can make others laugh have great powers that are based on the capabilities of their minds.In a study published in 2010, Dr Greengross and a colleague from the University of Mexico found a good sense of humour is sexually attractive because it reveals intelligence, creativity and other ‘good genes’.‘The strongest correlation is with verbal intelligence as you might expect, as humour is mostly verbal,’ Dr Greengross said.
‘Humour signals intelligence because knowing to say the funny thing in the right time, and deliver it correctly requires skill.’
5. YOU STAY UP LATE
Night owls are more intelligent than people who get an early night, according to a study published in 2009.It found that late risers tire less quickly than those who make a point of getting up at the crack of dawn.
The study is likely to be embraced by anyone tired of being branded lazy for their love of a lie-in.
And it added to growing evidence that it is night owls that rule the roost – previous studies had also found that those who rise later tend to be both cleverer and richer than early birds.
6. YOU’RE A WORRIER
People who worry a lot tend to be more verbally intelligent, according to a study published last year.
‘The study found that individuals who worried frequently, by thinking about potential future negative events, or who ruminated frequently, by revisiting negative past events over and over again, scored higher on verbal intelligence,’ Dr Alex Penney, from Lakehead University in Ontario, and lead author of the study, told MailOnline.
‘Meanwhile individuals who worried more often about recent social situations, thinking about being awkward or looking dumb in social situations, scored lower on non-verbal intelligence.’
‘We believe that individuals who are more verbally intelligent are able to consider past and future events in greater detail, leading to more intense rumination and worry.
‘That is, being higher in verbal intelligences makes you more likely to worry and ruminate.’
7. YOU TEND TO BE MODEST
This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect.It describes how less competent people often rate their intelligence higher than it actually is, while more competent people rate theirs lower.
That’s why the ignorant people are often over confident, researchers say.
8. YOU ARE A CAT PERSON
This may also seem strange, but cat persons are most likely intelligent. This is one of the animals who have always represented wisdom since the ancient times. You can see that in the Egyptian mitology. However, there is something strange in this connection, study in 2014 proved that most of the high IQ people have cats as their favorite pets.
9. YOU ARE AN OLDER SIBLING
Research in 2007 showed older siblings generally have higher IQ scores than their younger brothers and sisters.Professor Petter Kristensen, from the National Institute of Occupational Health in Oslo, Norway, led the study.‘We found that second born sons who grew up as eldest (because of death of elder sibling) scored on average similar to biologic first-born,’ Professor Kristensen told MailOnline.
He said the link was probably not biological, but ‘rather due to social factors in the family environment.
‘This interpretation is in agreement with other studies, but we are cautious because we did not have data on the social and psychological climate in the family.’