What are the common traits of highly intelligent people? | Measure of Intelligence
Highly intelligent people have traits that NOT common at all.
- 1. They accept & embrace change.
- 2. They are objective.
- 3. They do not get carried away in emotions.
- 4. They are goal oriented and set big goals.
- 5. They have analytical skills.
- 6. They do not waste mental energy.
- 7. They understand human behavior & psychology.
- 8. They have learnt the body language of leaders.
1. They accept & embrace change.
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” — Albert Einstein
According to Albert Einstein one cannot be intelligent without the ability to embrace and thrive in change. Exposure to new ideas and situations, changes in life all lead to new experiences, failures and successes – all of which eventually contribute to intelligence.
Trying to keep things as they are is a very unhealthy approach to life. Avoiding change reflects inflexibility of mind and thought. Whether we learn to adapt to change or not, change WILL happen.
It is best that we do not avoid change, but embrace it instead.
Winston Churchill has said –
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
2. They are objective.
They do not spend time, thoughts or money over something that does not concern or interest them. They understand the difference between noise and useful information.
So they don’t care about the latest celebrity gossip or fashion trends, opinions of others or even opinion about others (unless they it impacts them in some way).
3. They do not get carried away in emotions.
They understand actions & related consequences intimately.
Almost all reactions by intelligent people are measured. In fact emotions such as anger or disgust etc displayed by intelligent people are thoughtful reactions, and NOT typical impulsive reactions!
4. They are goal oriented and set big goals.
According to a study published online in the Journal of Consumer Research, being more ambitious actually makes you happier. In other words, those who set higher goals are more satisfied than their counterparts with lower expectations!
When we set big goals, we get big rewards. Even if we lose, we feel like we gave it our best try, which is fulfilling in a different way.
5. They have analytical skills.
Intelligent people are often decision makers. Over the course of time they develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
They learn to understand and analyze information in front of them before making any key decisions.
If a problem arises, they are able to analyze it to find out what is going wrong, and then figure out the causes & possible solutions.
6. They do not waste mental energy.
We have a limited amount of energy and so much to do and achieve in a day. So why waste it in deciding about small things every day. For example, what to eat, what to wear.
That’s why Why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same clothes to work every day!
Yes, the worlds youngest billionaire & Facebook CEO wears the same colour shirt to work every day. Why? Because he knows that he (like all of us) has limited willpower & limited ability to make decisions. So he makes sure that everything else except what really matters (like business decisions) are automated.
In fact Mark said that he owns multiple versions of the same T-shirt, as clothing, along with breakfast, is a “silly” decision he doesn’t want to spend too long making.
Nevertheless, make what you love beyond your business idea your daily chore. Do not spend time on thinking whether you want to do it or not.
Save that energy to think about what you want to do in your life.
7. They understand human behavior & psychology.
8. They have learnt the body language of leaders.
Vanessa Van Edwards suggests a few body language poses and gestures that will help you project an alpha or a leader’s image in conversations.
Alpha Body Language Tip 1: Steepling
Steepling is when you bring up your hands towards your chest and presses the tips of your fingers together. This gesture will inspire confidence, surety and superiority in yourself and others during a meeting or interview. This gesture is especially great for female alphas as they can project confidence, superiority & assertiveness without coming across as aggressive.
Alpha Body Language Tip 2: Smile Less
According to Ms. Edwards, contrary to popular belief, smiling is seen as a sign of submission. Submissive people tend to smile more at alphas. Alphas smile much less because their power is enough to put people in line, whereas non-alphas show that they are agreeable and non-threatening by smiling more.
Women in particular should smile less as smiling too much can be interpreted as being submissive. Dr. Nancy Henley found that women smile in 87 percent of social encounters, while men smile only 67 percent of the time.
Alpha Body Language Tip 3: Hands Behind Your Back
Putting your hands behind the back is another high power authority position. Politicians, teachers and bosses often practice this. Remember your teachers or principals pacing up and down student aisle’s during class works & tests?
The reason this pose is so powerful is that it exposes the most vulnerable part of the body—the groin for men and chest area for women. According to Ms. Edwards, only a supremely confident person will place their hands behind their back in that way.
Alpha Body Language Tip 4: Top Hand Shake
Leaders know how to shake hands. The handshake of leaders in firm and dominant. A high-power handshake is when the dominant person has their hand ‘on top’ of the clasp. The weaker person will often take the bottom part of the handshake by exposing the underside of their wrist—which is a physically weaker position. Two equals usually just shake hands up and down, with no one on the top or bottom.