“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking that it is stupid”-Albert Einstein.
Undoubtedly, there is no standard definition of intelligence as every individual possesses qualities that make them unique.
However, throughout the past decades, personality psychologists have identified few characteristics that set certain individuals apart and help them overcome challenges easier:
1. They Adapt To Any Circumstance
Steven Hawkins once stated that “intelligence is the ability to adapt to changes”. And indeed it is! Being flexible and open-minded when changes occur can be essential not only to your self-development but also to your journey. No matter how uncomfortable or scary a new situation may appear, it may actually be the chance you need to evolve.
2. Night Owls
Personality psychologists recognized that intelligent individuals have a tendency of being more productive/active at night. This may be due to their attention span which seems to be alert for long hours, but also due to other aspects such as personality type that may highly influence work behaviour.
3. They Know They Do Not Know
“The more you know, the more you know you do not know”-Aristotle
It is impossible to store so much knowledge about what surrounds us and intelligent people know that. Although they acknowledge their qualities and can confidently discuss any subject, they are fully aware of their weaknesses and realise that they need to learn more or improve their existent skills. Thus, they are always hungry for more information and more details. This is why you will never hear an intelligent person bragging about themselves.
4. Diplomacy over Impulsivity
Bad situations are inevitable, but the difference between intelligent and ordinary individuals is given by their response to stressful stimuli. They have a great control over their reactions and never allow emotions to interfere with actions. Instead, they opt for strategic/critical thinking, aiming to resolve a situation in the most peaceful and polite way.
5. Independent Individuals
As mentioned earlier, intelligent people are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and this is a strength that actually builds their confidence. In other words, they know what they have and what they need. They do not necessarily depend on others for support in moments of crisis.
Procrastination is a sign of intelligence when the individual attempts to resolve other issues or completes other smaller tasks with the purpose of preventing them to interfere with important targets. And since intelligent individuals do not impulsively react to new challenges, they would much rather wait for a while and develop new unconventional solutions as opposed to following traditional ways.
Due to their curiosity for life and their flexibility in handling situations, intelligent individuals can understand the sorrow, pain, happiness or joy of other people. Although they may have never experienced a similar situation, they are able to relate to someone’s emotions and be a great support.
Do you recognize yourself in any of the 7 personality traits?