Did you know you really might
be a genius? It’s true.
Even if you don’t think of
yourself as intellectually superior, you could possess many of the
characteristics shared by people of high intelligence. It turns out many people
who are geniuses have personality traits, habits and behaviors in common.
If any of the seven signs below
are a match for you, it is very possible you are actually much smarter than you
1. You are curious about everything.
Do you continually read up on a
variety of subjects, follow a variety of blogs and find yourself frequently
running to the Internet to look up answers to questions that pop into your
head? Do you perform little experiments to see what happens, even if they’re as
simple as mixing up the ingredients in a recipe?
Geniuses are naturally curious
people. They are constantly formulating questions in their minds, and then
seeking out the answers.
2. You talk to yourself.
This is true. If you’re
frequently teased for being caught talking to yourself, don’t worry; this can
be a sign of genius.
When your mind is constantly
going, you often have problems, dialogue and ideas you are working through. The
more intense that process is, the more likely you are to speak to yourself or
mumble under your breath.
3. You read constantly.
Many people enjoy reading.
Geniuses are nearly obsessed with it.
intelligent people focus on a single genre, such as science fiction or manga.
Others consume reading materials from a wide variety of areas, including both
fiction and nonfiction.
No matter what your reading
preferences are, if your bookshelves are full and you are constantly acquiring
new things to read, you tilt heavily into the genius category.
4. You enjoy challenging your
Do you enjoy playing logic,
word and trivia games to train and test your brain? If so, you have at least
one thing in common with a lot of very intelligent people.
Many geniuses work on sudoku
puzzles and do crossword puzzles as impulsively and habitually as other people
check their Facebook pages.
5. You are forgetful.
There is something to the idea
of the absent-minded professor. Extremely bright individuals often overload
their minds with a lot of complicated and intense things.
They become preoccupied with
their projects and ideas. As a result of this, a lot of simple, common-sense
things go out the window.
This is why smart people often
enter a room and forget why they’re there. It’s also why smart people
frequently lose things and forget appointments.
6. You have a checkered past.
We’ve all read about the
tortured geniuses who use drugs or alcohol to cope. This isn’t just a plot
device used in dramatic fiction, either.
It doesn’t take long to create
a long mental list of writers, musicians, artists, scientists and other
creative geniuses who have succumbed to or struggled with addiction. Some use
alcohol or drugs to cope with the difficulties of fitting in. Others use
alcohol or drugs because of their desire to have new experiences.
Obviously, this is a completely
unhealthy thing. But if you did some past experimentation, know that it’s not
an unusual thing for geniuses.
7. You worry and overthink things.
You would think geniuses would
be full of confidence. After all, they’re geniuses.
The truth is, geniuses are
often full of doubt. They know there are no black and white answers, and that
truth and knowledge continually evolves and grows. Unfortunately, this can also
lead to feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence.
After reading this, you may be
thinking that you’ve tested your IQ and are decidedly not a genius. Think again.
First of all, if you’ve taken
one of those free online IQ tests, throw those results out the window. They are
Even if your IQ has been
measured professionally, those results don’t take into consideration multiple
bits of intelligence or possible difficulties with test taking that could skew
If nothing else, you can
benefit from treating yourself like a genius. Engage your creativity, curiosity
and desire to learn new things.