Importance of a high IQ and how to raise yours

Now that you know all about what IQ is, how its calculated, and the various tests out there that can be used to measure IQ, it’s time for us to go through the importance and implications of having a high IQ.

Unsurprisingly, high levels of intelligence are greatly appreciated in our society, and having a high IQ thus entails a certain degree of success in itself, albeit this too is subject to other factors such as motivation and privilege.

The Importance of IQ

As we live in an age of a knowledge economy, high IQ levels (specifically, quickness of mind and the ability to infer and apply patterns while dealing with significant degrees of mental complexity) are a much sought-after resource.

Thus, those with high IQs tend to enjoy the benefit of higher incomes and professional success. Furthermore, studies have also shown that those with high IQs are more likely to experience less significant cognitive aging and loss of cognitive functioning.

Raising Your IQ

Many of us think that our IQ is relatively fixed; we wouldn’t be wrong, but we wouldn’t be entirely right either. The truth is that IQ levels can indeed be raised, although there is posited to be a ‘ceiling’ which will eventually limit your performance. In other words, your intellectual capacity may be pre-determined to a certain degree, but your intellectual performance and state is in no way fixed, and is instead malleable on various fronts.

The easiest way to raise your IQ is one that should come off as no surprise; IQ scores can be increased through the simple art of practicing. Though some may think of this as ‘cheating’, it is, in essence, far from it.

What one does by taking multiple tests of similar veins to IQ tests, is making clear the areas in which one is slightly lacking in proficiency, so that one can improve upon said areas through continuous, targeted mental training. It’s not so much familiarization or memory work, but understanding one’s past mistakes and bridging said understanding with frameworks and mental reconstruction to facilitate real, improved intellectual performance.

Areas in which one can experiment and focus on include numerical reasoning, figures, analogies, and syllogisms. These are the common themes which are tested in most contemporary IQ tests.

Of course, there are other quick tips in which scientists have found to improve mental health and mental performance. This includes:

Listening to classical music

It has been proven that listening to classical music slightly improves spatial insight capabilities, as well as the ability to focus.

Engaging in regular exercise

Exercise increases oxygen levels in one’s blood, thereby increasing one’s brain activity as well. Sports, in particular, have been found to not only facilitate this increased brain activity, but also improves one’s reaction speed and the speed at which one’s brain works.

Managing stress and pressure

The ability to manage stress and pressure is as good as a promise that you can perform at your peak mental capacity at any given point of time.

Measured intakes of alcohol

Measured is the key word here; regular measured drinking has been proven to slightly improve one’s verbal intelligence. Though minute, it’s still something, and something gained through an act that is relatively enjoyable at that. On another note, drinking coffee or tea has also been proven to better one’s spatial insight.

Play, play, and play!

It’s relatively well known that games are extremely mentally stimulative, and engaging in play is one of the most effective ways of improving spatial insight and verbal intelligence. Though, a note of caution: you must be selective with the types of play you engage in; they must be mentally stimulating rather than mentally numbing.

If you wish to learn more about the common testing methods used in IQ tests, check out articles on Analogies, Number Series, Syllogism, and Rotating Shapes. Alternatively, you can learn how to Create Your Own IQ Test, or look at a full range of related articles by clicking here.