These 11 Subtle Traits Are Signs of Exceptional Intelligence

Written by Tanya Arora

Everyone wants to be smart. But only a very few possess an IQ well over 200!

Nevertheless, you don’t really need to be Einstein to prove that your brain is no less smart or capable! There are quite a few very subtle signs of intelligence that slip right under the radar, never getting the importance they deserve.

So, if you want to self-analyze and find out if you display any of the “smart” features, check out the ones given below. Researchers swear by them as the traits of exceptional intelligence!

1. You Know When Someone’s Lying To You

1. You Know When Someone’s Lying To You

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That’s the real test of smartness! You just know that you’re being conned and you don’t allow that to happen, despite the other person’s sneaky attempts. Besides, you are even able to gauge people’s real intentions and their desires, which are key signs of high emotional intelligence.

2. You’re Complete In Yourself

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, you know that you don’t need a partner to feel complete. You always maintain your own individuality, and never let your life center around your significant other. In fact, you live your life to the fullest (work, hobbies, and everything else in between) even when you have a partner.

3. You Can Get Messy

3. You Can Get Messy

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Now, this is an interesting signal of intelligence – messiness (1)! When someone stumbles into your apartment, they can’t help but notice huge piles of messes here and there. Probably because cleaning never struck you as important while you were occupied with other more salient tasks.

4. You’re Honest With Yourself

Contrary to popular belief, spinning a yarn may not be the best indicator of intelligence. Honesty, rather, is taken as a healthy sign of smartness (2). So, now you know why you don’t ever lie to yourself or to anyone else, even when the truth hurts! You know that lying again to make another lie more convincing is just not worth the hassle.

5. You Don’t Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve All The Time

5. You Don’t Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve All The Time

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You realize the importance of letting go and moving on instead of moping around and letting it all engulf you. While you’re not the kind to cover your sincerest emotions, you know when to stop and adopt a rather stoic stance and not let negative emotions get the better of you. That’s what bright minds do!

6. You’re Methodical And Make Plans

Method to madness is a phrase that means a lot to those with sharper minds and it’s the same with you. When faced with an important and rather seemingly complex task, you don’t leave it until the last moment. You start working on it promptly, planning it out and analyzing it from every possible angle.

7. You Enjoy Lazing Around

7. You Enjoy Lazing Around

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Tired of your mum prodding you with her trusty belan as you laze around? Let her know that that’s you channeling your inner higher intelligence! A recent research conducted on 2 sets of people – the active ones and the thinkers – has revealed that the thinkers (also the lazy ones) are the ones with more gray matter in their brains as compared to their active counterparts (3). The thinkers prefer to solve a problem and then laze, while the active ones need one or the other activity to keep them going and get bored in the absence of one.

8. You Don’t Dwell On The Past

Although you have great respect for experiences of the past, treasuring them as cherished memories, you don’t like to live in them. Instead, you direct your energy towards living in the present and dreaming of as well as planning the kind of future you desire.

9. You Make A Lot Of Mistakes

9. You Make A Lot Of Mistakes

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Of the many hallmarks of a clever person, one of them is making mistakes – stupid ones at that (4). And you’re not even ashamed of them! You’d rather take them as learning experiences, grasp the essence of the lesson you’re supposed to learn and try to ensure that there’s not a repeat of the same the next time.

10. You Don’t Ever Feel The Need To Prove Yourself

Except of course in situations that require it. However, you’re normally not the kind to proclaim yourself as the smartest one to every Tom, Dick, and Harry that comes your way. Neither do you impose your ideas on others, deeming them as the best possible courses of action. You stay humble like the brightest minds do.

11. Your Fingers Reveal Your Intelligence

11. Your Fingers Reveal Your Intelligence

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This is not a hard and fast rule per se and, hence, something you should take with a pinch of salt. But according to research published in Behavioural Brain Research, the ratio of your index finger to your ring finger can provide evidence of your intelligence as well as your strength and activeness (5). A high ratio means better memory power too!

So, do you think have most of these signs? Congratulations! You’re way smarter than you thought! Now do the smart thing and share this with your friends so even they can get an insight into their own intelligence.

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