Signs of high intelligence

There are people who say they are intelligent, and then there are people who actually are intelligent. The question remains, "are there viable objective and or subjective ways to tell if someone is actually intelligent without taking their word for it?"

Of course, there is one objective standard that has been used for decades and decades to indicate intelligence. That would be the IQ test. For the most part, IQ tests are designed to measure things like language understanding and usage, how fast someone can think, and one's reasoning ability. The problem with the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) test is most people will never take one within their lifetimes. Where does that leave us in terms of evaluating intelligence on a mass scale?

For better or worse, we have to rely on subjective clues to help us identify people who seem to have high intelligence. With that in mind, the following information is going to focus on the ten (10) viable ways of subjectively identifying high intelligence.

1. Peacekeeping Abilities

Intelligent people tend to have the ability to resolve conflicts between multiple parties. This tendency is born out of their ability to do things like

2. Prone to Worry

People who worry are smart enough to know unpleasant things are eventually going to happen. Furthermore, they are smart enough to know there is nothing anyone can do about the possibility of bad outcomes.

In fact, limited anxiety has been often defined as a key characteristic of intelligent people. Smart anxious people tend to prepare for the worst outcomes no matter how unlikely the worst outcomes might be. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with anticipating issues. Where the line needs to be drawn is people not allowing anxiety to interfere with making doing good work and making solid decisions.

Intelligent people tend to keep moving forward despite the possibility of something going wrong. They are generally comfortable doing this because of the confidence they have in their own ability to deal with adversity.

3. Ability to Control Emotions

Intelligent people seem to possess the ability to control their emotions. This is often referred to as "emotional intelligence." This ability comes from attributes like :

Read also: The difference between EQ and IQ.

4. Good Muscle Memory

Surprisingly, there are physical attributes tied to intelligence. One such physical attribute is having the ability to control body movement. This is often referred to as having good muscle memory. Muscle memory involves the ability to do something of a physical nature without having to think about it.

Have you ever seen a professional golfer swing a golf club with extraordinary consistency? It's not an easy thing to do. In all likelihood, this kind of muscle memory is born out of the mind's ability to record kinetic motions for copying over and over as needed.

5. Strong Observation and Memory Skills

Having a good memory is a very basic attribute that is often assigned to high intelligence. It takes a high level of intelligence to take in mounds of data and subsequently be able to recall that same information.

There is a term called "verbal-linguistic intelligence." This refers to the ability of someone to read or hear something and immediately commit it to memory. Once that something is lodged in someone's memory, they further have the ability to immediately recall that information when prompted to do so.

6. Ability to Handle Adversity

They call it adaptability. This refers to the ability to adapt to changes that can create issues or conflicts.

Life is never a straight line. Everyone encounters situations where they seem to be on the right track only to have their path blocked by some kind of adversity.

Highly intelligent people tend to be able to quickly identify adversity and find ways to get through or around it without skipping a beat.

7. Inquisitive

Smart people are always asking questions. They always want more information, especially if the information affects some aspect of their lives. It's this drive for more information that leads highly intelligent people to innovate new ways of doing things or viewing certain pieces of information.

8. Strong Sense of Self

Having a strong sense of self is a component of self-confidence. Someone with a good sense of self often shows the following personal attributes:

9. Need Periods of Solitude

Intelligent people expend a lot of energy thinking and reasoning. This often results in them needing "alone time" to recharge their batteries. They often use this alone time for introspective thinking and pursuing their own interests. While a reluctance to socialize can be seen as a negative attribute, intelligent people simply need fewer close relationships, which allows them more time to think.

10. Ability to Display Empathy for Others

Intelligent people have empathy. They seem to have an innate ability to see things from someone else's perspective. That plays well into smart people being able to read and react appropriately to the emotions displayed by others. This is one of the reasons that intelligent people choose vocations like medicine, psychology, and serving as attorneys.