Surprisingly, These 6 Struggles Are Actually A Sign Of High Intellegence
Always getting criticized for being a lazy, foul-mouthed boozer who stays out too late? Maybe you're real problem's just that you're a f***ing genius!
Being a Night Owl
According to a study published in the journal “Personality and Individual Differences,” being a night owl is actually a good thing when it comes to intelligence. Researchers found that people who stayed up later at night and slept later in the day also exhibited signs of higher intelligence than the early risers who participated in the study. Some scientists speculate that this may go back to evolution, given that our cavemen ancestors of lower intelligence where more likely to sleep as soon as it got dark and rise earlier in the day. The suggestion being that smarter people are more likely to go against the evolutionary grain.
Struggling With Addiction
Though using drugs may not be at the top of anyone’s list of great life choices, it turns out that intelligent people are actually more likely to struggle with addiction issues. According to Psychology Today, a British study found that “very bright” people with an IQ of 125 or higher are not only more likely to abuse alcohol than “very dull individuals” but are also more likely to to use psychoactive drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, and heroine. Oddly enough, the study found that while smarter individuals where more likely in general to have used illegal drugs by middle age, the statistic was especially true for women.
Hatred of Small Talk
Though society tends to celebrate social butterflies who excel at entertaining those around them, science shows that small talk is often harder for those of higher intelligence. Why you ask? Simply put, smart people are easily bored. So if you tend to find yourself hanging out at the punch bowl and wishing you were at home with your books... or at least bouncing one of your many brilliant ideas off of someone else, it may be due to the fact that you’re smart rather than anti-social.
Having the Bad Habit of Employing More... Colorful Language
Could it be that swearing like a sailor may be a sign of a more developed vocabulary? Damn right it could! While the use of cuss words may be associated with a lack of class, hilariously enough a recent study showed that swearing may actually be a sign of higher intelligence. According to the 2016, the findings of which were published in “Language Sciences,” the use of foul language is actually a sign of higher overall verbal fluency.
Being Perceived as Lazy
This is not to say that all lazy people are geniuses masquerading as couch surfers, just that if you’ve been dubbed slow to get things done there may indeed be an alternate explanation. A recent study pointed out that smarter people are more likely to not only be overloaded with a ton of great ideas but are also interested in many different subjects all at once. That said, it makes sense that you may fall into the “jack of all trades, master of none” category due not to your laziness, but due to your enthusiasm with learning and taking on multiple projects at the same time.
Being Prone To Chronic Worry
Hate the way you sometimes get stuck in your own head? Well, the silver lining is that it may be because you have a higher IQ. A 2014 study found that “verbal intelligence,” was also a “unique and positive predictor of worry and rumination.” Researchers found that people with higher IQs are more apt to consider both past and future events in further detail, as well as pick up on more nonverbal communication during conversations. This leads to a necessity to replay past events in order to truly process them and a higher tendency to analyze facts that go into predicting future events.