You can never spot intelligence in a man from the way that he behaves with people. Some people just don’t like to advertise themselves and they are usually the smarter ones. As Shakespeare rightly said, “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
According to the Dunning-Kruger Effect, many intelligent people lack confidence in their abilities but that doesn’t make them less smart. Here are 11 tell-tale signs to indicate that you are much smarter than you appear or you think of yourself –
- You are the silent type
You might be labeled as quiet, introvert, socially awkward and so on. That’s because some people prefer silent to small talk.
- You are a night owl
As per recent research, people who tend to stay up late have better IQ than morning people.
- You are the eldest kid in your family
One research suggests that the older siblings in the family have an advantage of higher IQ over others. They also tend to be more successful in life.
- You like to be constantly occupied with projects
Smart people always like to be busy. You can find them brushing up their language skills, taking dance or music lessons, reading up the good stuff and so on. They might not be productive but that’s an indication of higher intellect.
- You ask questions
When talking to a smart person, you will notice that they patiently listen to you and always ask the right questions.
- You don’t think you are smart
Due to the Dunning-Kruger Effect, many intelligent people tend to think that they are not exceptionally smart. They realize that there is so much left to improve and they are not where they need to see themselves yet.
- You deal with your problems
Smart people own up their problems and deal with them. They will know how to prioritize their problems and fix them.
- You look for perfection in things
They always strive for perfection so they will always try to improve themselves.
- You hang out with creative people
The company you keep tells a lot about your own personality. That’s why smart people tend to hang out more with their own likes.
- You tend to be self-critical at times
Unlike plenty of narcissists who will lie to themselves, smart people are self-critical and acknowledge their flaws.
- You are curious
Smarter people are curious about things around them, as per the research. Such people possess more refined thinking and always like to discover new things and people.