Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye
We don’t know how true these points are either, but if they are true, then a lot of people are smarter than they think. Anyway, just for fun, here are a few ways to adjudge if you are a smart ass:
- You’re highly adaptable
According to Quora’s study, intelligent people are flexible and able to thrive in different settings. Intelligence depends on being able to change your own behaviours in order to cope more effectively with your environment, or make changes to the environment you’re in.
- You Don’t Think You Are Intelligent:
Have you heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect? Well, it’s a cognitive bias in which individuals who are actually quite smart and intelligent tend to not see themselves as such. They usually undersell their abilities and feel like what comes easily to them would come as easily to others. As Jim Winer writes, intelligent people “are not afraid to say: ‘I don’t know.’ If they don’t know it, they can learn it.”
- You have a good sense of humour:
Good sense of humour doesn’t necessarily mean you are a joker. It means you have a good understanding of what is, and what isn’t funny. It also means that while you may not be able to pull off stand-up comedy like Kevin Hart, people find your comments, statements or actions humorous. Humour requires good set of verbal skills, spontaneity in thinking, and creativity. It also means that you know how to interact well with others.
- You have insatiable curiosity
Albert Einstein reportedly said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” Intelligent people literally are always wondering why something is the way it is and if it can be made better. Not like they are unsatisfied. It is just an unconscious habit to always want to learn something new.
- You read as a child:
Children who cultivate good reading cultures at an early stage usually grow up to become the smarter individuals in the society. They have good cognitive and pattern finding skills and tend to do really good in nonverbal tests.
- You’re open-minded
Smart people don’t close themselves off to new ideas or opportunities. Intelligent people are willing to accept and consider other views with value and broad-mindedness, and that they are open to alternative solutions.” So far you can provide proof to your submission.
- You love music:
Do you play a musical instrument? Then kudos to you. The part of the brain applied into music is different from the parts that other non-musicians typically use. The effect of music on the brain is so much that just by learning to play a musical instrument, you would have changed the neurophysiology of your brain.
- You’re sensitive to other people’s experiences:
Smart people can almost feel what someone is thinking/feeling, says one Quora user. Some psychologists argue that empathy, being attuned to the needs and feelings of others and acting in a way that is sensitive to those needs, is a core component of emotional intelligence. Emotionally-intelligent individuals are typically very interested in talking to new people and learning more about them.
- You can connect seemingly unrelated concepts
Smart people are able to see patterns where others can’t. That’s because they can draw parallels between seemingly disparate ideas. Scientists note that making these kinds of connections is a hallmark of creativity (which, depending on who you ask, can be closely linked to intelligence).
- You procrastinate a lot:
Mahesh Garkoti says smart people are likely to procrastinate on quotidian tasks, mainly because they’re working on things that are more important. That’s an interesting proposition — but some scientists would say that smart people procrastinate even on work they find meaningful. Wharton psychologist Adam Grant suggests that procrastination is key to innovation, and that Steve Jobs used it strategically.
- You contemplate the big questions:
According to Ram Kumar, intelligent individuals “wonder a lot about [the] universe and meaning of life.” What’s more, Kumar writes, “they always [ask] what’s the point of everything?” That existential confusion may be one reason why smart people are more likely to be anxious. As David Wilson reported in Slate, intelligent people may be better equipped to consider situations from a range of angles, meaning they’re always aware of the possibility that things will go awry. Perhaps their anxiety also stems from the fact that they consider a given experience and wonder: Why bother going through it in the first place?
- You’re Internet/Computer Savvy:
Well that explains itself. Do you find a fascination with surfing the web productively? Does computer stuff come easy to you? Then kudos, you might just be smarter than you think.
See? Told you a lot of us are actually more intelligent than we think!