Have you ever wondered what geniuses have in common? A number of experiments have been conducted to find that out and some peculiar behaviors have been observed among people with high IQ. How anyone turns out to be is due to their genetics. So genetics of geniuses definitely differ from “not so genius” ordinary people, but these brainy people do have similarities in their genetics that leads most of them to possess similar qualities. How would you recognize a genius if you come across one?
Well, science answers to that. Read the list below and you will know if you or someone you know, have got more brains than average, because geniuses commonly have more than one of the following signs.
1. They Don’t Lose Their Virginity To Just Anybody!
A study conducted among students of top universities has found out that the number of sexual partners per students were lower as compared to the average control group – a group with which the results of an experiment are compared. Same results have been found in both U.K and the U.S. It is especially true for men. So you question how is having less sexual partners related to higher IQ?
One quality geniuses have is they don’t follow the rules, they tend to deviate from the path designed by evolution. Men tend to be polygamous, so they can pass on their genes to maximum offspring, but that is an evolutionary norm. Men who go against that are more intelligent. Another reason that links monogamy and high intelligence in men is that the male hormone testosterone tends to inhibit intelligence and increases the libido, so when there is less testosterone, it will not only result in monogamy or even asexuality, but also a higher IQ.
By the way, do you know Newton never got married? And, neither did Nicola Tesla and Leonardo da Vinci! Darwin had an amazingly close relationship with his wife Emma, which is thought of as more like a ‘son-mother’ than ‘wife-husband’ closeness!
2. High Sex Drive
A sex toy retailer in U.K , Lovehoney, after analyzing their sales data found that the students from top universities buy more of their products than students from other universities. Cambridge and Oxford came first with students spending $14,600 on sex toys, compared to students of Surrey and Loughborough, who spent less than $4900.
The conclusion of this study is somewhat contradictory to the first one, but it can also explain why monogamy is preferred over polygamy by more intelligent men, compared to their intellectual and professional life, they don’t want to spend more time, resources or energy having kids (Another divergence from evolutionary trend, our ancestors spent less time on unnecessary activities like learning, investigating and discovering and more time reproducing), they satisfy their libido using personal pleasure products.
When such individuals who refrain from sexual interactions even with a high libido enter a relationship with someone who meets their both emotional and physical requirements, tend to form a strong bond with that person, thus leading to a monogamous relationship. Another correlation that shows relation between a high IQ and less sex is the difference in the number of offspring they have, both men and women with high IQ tend to have lesser number of kids than their less intelligent counterparts. It can also be seen in birth rates of different countries, poor countries with less health and education facilities (thus on average low IQ) have higher birth rate than the developed countries with on average higher IQ.
3. Sorry, We’re Not Social Type
More intelligent people don’t do well socially. Geniuses just don’t feel understood by people, so they withdraw themselves from society. Their interests and priorities are usually different from those of their peers, colleagues and even family members that makes them act distant. Sometimes, you will see a person talking absolute non-sense with confidence, on the other hand, you might meet a person, who talks once in a month, but when talks s/he talks you will be surprised at what an amazing thing s/he said. That’s the difference between a genius and an average person, genius thinks before speaking and most people don’t, but what does that have to do with being socially poor?
Geniuses probably think too much, s/he will consider all the effects and consequences of a thing s/he wants to say, like what will this person think if I say this?. Will this make sound stupid? This person might think I’m trying to act too smart and on and on and on. Besides, social interaction might just be too boring for them, as compared to their own activities. Some geniuses might even become arrogant, not interacting with people they think can’t reach their mental level and may even develop anti-social personality. Darwin probably suffered from social anxiety disorder and there were times when the famous physicist Galileo offended people.
4. Yay, This Is My Thing!
As geniuses like to experience new stuffs, they are more likely to plunge in an ocean of drugs and become addicts than less intelligent people. A study revealed that they are more likely to take illegal drugs like marijuana, ecstasy, amphetamines and heroin.
5. Sleep Is Too Boring
If you like to stay up all night because you cannot sleep without completing a Nicolas Spark’s novel, welcome to the genius club. Evolution has shaped us to work during the day and rest at night, but apparently it doesn’t matter to brainiac. People with bipolar disorder that’s associated with heightened creativity sleep less when in their manic phase. A research says that insomnia is associated with a higher IQ, the need to sleep per hour in night decreases as intelligent increases. No wonder why Nicola Tesla never slept more than 2 hours a night!
6. Even the Eye Color Matters!
Blue eyed people on average excel better at self-pacing activities like academics and are better strategic thinkers, but that doesn’t mean people with other eye colors are always less intelligent. Brown eyed people on average tend to do better at quick response based activities like sports. But don’t worry brown eyed people, as a research states you are perceived more trustworthy than your blue eyed counterparts.
7. Alcoholism – Just Feels Good
Just like drugs drinking alcohol is a novel task as our ancestors weren’t too fond of Alcohol. An experiment done in U.K. shows that brilliant students have more tendency to become alcoholic.
8. Artistic Abilities and Boundless Imagination
Whether it’s the magic world of Harry Potter that captured minds of thousands or Johnny Depp making you think Jack Sparrow really exists or incredible talent of Mozart or Da Vinci’s Eternal Mona Lisa, geniuses express themselves in way world can understand them. The ability of projecting your thoughts or expression into the world, requires a mind more developed than average. People with high IQs tend to share their thoughts in a way everyone finds understandable and pleasing like poetry, writing, music etc.
9. Atheism – We don’t confess
Researchers say that on average atheists are on average 6/7 points higher than non-atheists. Belief in God has been advantageous throughout evolution, so geniuses often break this trend too. The poorest countries with less education, less IQ (most of which follow rules our ancestors laid foundation of), tend to more religious. Among 137 countries in a study, only 23 had more than 20% atheists, which are all higher IQ countries.
10. Liberalism – Don’t Poke Your Nose in My Business
A research concludes that people who are very liberal in early adolescence have a mean IQ of 106.4 while those with very conservative views have a mean IQ of 94.8. This, as everything else in geniuses, is because they like to challenge evolution, our ancestors valued their own families or individual with more genetic, cultural and geographic similarities as them, while did not share their resources to genetically distinct individuals, interbreeding was not common, thus leading to a conservative approach to protect one’s norms, genes, resources etc. Liberalism is evolutionary novel, thus practiced more by more intelligent people.
11. Weird Hobbies
Geniuses are inclined to ‘weirdness’ or they just don’t follow what averages consider ‘normal’. A genius’ idea of fun is equally weird. Can you guess what Einstein’s hobby was? It was not reading about what researchers have said about electromagnetic rays, neither was it spending hours to derive a mathematical relation between physical quantities, Einstein loved to sail.
12. They Do Things Which Make Other People Ridicule Them
Everyone laughed at Wright brothers, did not they? Because no one had a goal quite like theirs. Darwin was criticized by the scientific community after he presented his theory of Evolution. Socrates had to take poison because Greeks believed he has corrupted youth by his radical concepts.
13. Mental Illness – There is not much difference between geniuses and mad, is there?
High IQ and mental disorders go hand in hand. OCD has been associated with above average IQ, bipolar with creativity, autism with music skills, there has not been a genius without ‘crazy’ in history.
14. Being the Oldest Child
Parents interact more emotionally and psychologically to their first child, thus causing the child to develop better intellectually. The oldest children on average have 3 points higher IQ than the closest sibling.
15. Breastfeeding and IQ
Breastfeeding increases IQ by 7-10 points if the child has a variant of FADS2 gene. Another study concluded that children breastfed for first 6 months had a verbal IQ of 10.48 points more.
It’s the right side of brain that controls the left side of the body and vice versa. In left-handed people, they can use both side of brain equally thus being able to process more incoming information. Researchers have observed that these people have more vocabulary and problem solving capacity, making them somewhat smarter than right handed people, usually with an IQ of 140 and above. But bad news lefties, research also says you tend to forget things easily.
17. Have you always been the tallest in class?
A study found that even before children start going to school taller kids perform better on cognitive tests.
18. Being Skinny
Obesity has been shown to decrease IQ over time. A research led by French scientists found that people with Body Mass Index of 20 or below do better in vocabulary test than people with BMI of 30 or more.
19. Being Smart Never Means You Have To Be Truthful
Because more intelligent people are aware of their ability, they lie more than average people when they think it can get them out of a tough situation. Lying requires the brain to reason and process, more efficiently, scientists have shown that parts of the brain involved in working memory with tend to be more developed in smart people are activated when they lie.
20. Smart as your Mom!
Genes decide how our brain will develop, so smartness determined genes are more likely to run in families, smart parents have more chance than average parents to produce smart kids, it has been proved by studies of IQ in identical and fraternal twins.
21. Can’t Hear What I’m Thinking!
Once considered a sign of insanity, talking to yourself has shown to improve memory. When there is a storm of thoughts in your mind and you talk to yourself loudly, it will be easy to remember next time, because your mind will know it’s familiar.
22. Gift Me A Guitar Next Time
Part of brain that process the information received are more developed in musician than in an average person. Experiments have shown that learning an instrument can change your brain’s neurophysiology.
23. Don’t Underestimate a Listening Ear!
Geniuses listen more and that’s how they learn, complex auditory processes are involved in listening attentively and storing it in your mind, so obviously smart people are better at it.
So these are the signs of genius, have you found any resemblance in your character? If you do so, then probably you are a genius.
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