An Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is a total score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. The abbreviation “IQ” was coined by the psychologist William Stern for the German term Intelligenzquotient, his term for a scoring method for intelligence tests he advocated in a 1912 book. When current IQ tests are developed, the median raw score of the norming sample is defined as IQ 100 and scores each standard deviation (SD) up or down are defined as 15 IQ points greater or less, although this was not always so historically. By this definition, approximately two-thirds of the population scores between IQ 85 and IQ 115. About 5 percent of the population scores above 125, and 5 percent below 75.
PROS – The only things that come easy are:
- Learning something new: When you have a high IQ, you can pick up skills quickly without investing a lot of time and hard work.
- Breaking down complex scenarios into tiny puzzles and coming up with better solutions.
- If you are low on emotions, then you can be a total rock for everyone around you in crisis situations.
- Creativity: If you can open your mind to new possibilities, which isn’t valid for everyone with a high IQ, you can look at a tiny pebble and imagine a giant mountain. No matter what anyone says, I believe that the ability to imagine and create something out of nothing is the highest expression of the human mind.
- Competing with others on an intellectual level: This is usually a cake walk, hard work can beat intelligence though, but you know if you put in some effort, you can do better than an extremely hard-working person, because you’ll figure out a way to work smart.
- Sarcasm: Human interactions are fun when you can be quick on your feet.
- When it comes to thankless salaried jobs, maybe your 30% effort, enough breaks and minimum work hours, ensure a better pay than a lot of people’s overtimes and 150% efforts.
- You never really feel alone because you always have enough on your mind to keep you occupied when you’re alone or to entertain you when you’re bored in company of others and you choose to zone out. It’s fun to constantly have puzzles to solve, answers to find, angles to look for in everything around you and things to constantly create. I feel like my mind sometimes amazes me more than any other person possibly can, and I’m happy with the fact that I don’t have a constant need to look outside for mental stimulation and fun.
- Now this one again is not valid for everyone, but ever since I was a kid, I was better than picking up changes in expressions, reading between the lines or looking at the bigger picture so more often than not, I have warned a lot of people with a lot more years of experience than me, that they are making a mistake. Obviously, no one used to listen to me. But at this point, my opinions are taken more seriously in my family than my grandmother’s so that’s pretty cool. It’s a great feeling when your parents look up to your advise on every major decision.
CONS – Why is it annoying at times?
- People are constantly going to pester you about proving it.
I don’t live my life for validation though, so it’s really annoying when everyone keeps on pestering me about trying for MENSA. Dude I don’t want my IQ stamped on my ass, and I don’t wish to be a member of MENSA.
So you know, the moment I disclose it to anyone, especially if I’m wearing something that shows cleavage (Oh ya, apparently according to a lot of people, you can have a high IQ only if you’re an ugly person with no fashion sense and male genitalia) when I do, it’s going to be a shit storm of “I don’t believe you”, “I would believe you only when you take MENSA’s exam” and I’m just sitting there figuring out ways to get rid of this idiot sitting in front of me.
- You’re going to be very judgemental but only of stupidity, every other judgement factor in the world seems trivial.
I’m the kind of person who’s not going to judge a person even for being in an orgy, but sometimes I find myself in highly judgemental situations when people keep on saying stupid shit and using emotional arguments in debates. I used to be a total bully when I was a kid but after years of meditation, I guess I’ve become more tolerant now.
- I feel people with lower IQ are usually happier. I don’t exactly know why, but I think it’s a gift when people just completely forget conversations after a while or when they can keep their mind less occupied, for some reason I feel that it makes their life simpler.
- No one will understand your career choices: I was good at math, I was good at science, I found Engineering interesting and I was a great coder, but I just didn’t love it. I find plot development and writing thrillers, more challenging. I have one life, and I’m going to use it to do what I love.
- My mind lacks focus: It’s not the case with everyone, but I get bored too easily, I hate hard work or repetition, and I’m constantly juggling between ten tracks running in my mind. I get attracted to new sources of knowledge, I constantly wish to master new skills, I can’t stay focussed on one for long though, and I usually have one foot in reality and one in fantasy. All of this was a weakness, until I became a writer. Now it helps me create better content. Though I still procrastinate a lot, I have one life, I would like to live it in waves alternating between adventure and relaxation, with a few spikes of inspired work.
- Society seems irrational: Life is easier when you can accept your parents’ religion without wondering how all that magical jazz is any different than fantasy genre novels. Often most of the things that are deemed acceptable by society are a bit silly and you have a hard time if you have too many questions. You never understand why people constantly poke their nose into other people’s lifestyles and feel offended. I mean, I still ask my parents “How does the LGBT rights issue pose any problems to you unless two gay men get naked and start banging each other in your living room?”. The Do’s and Don’ts of society seem just really silly at times.
- Almost everything people sweat about, seems pointless: Again, I can’t say this for everyone with a high IQ, but almost everything that people sweat about is pointless. Try asking them “Why is this so important?” or “How getting this would improve the quality of your life?” and you’ll never really get a straight answer. But almost everyone seems to be sacrificing a major chunk of their lives accomplishing something that they never really wanted to prove a vague point that no one actually cares about, as much as they think they do.
- Emotions are difficult: Just because someone has a high IQ, doesn’t mean that they have a high EQ as well, and if there’s a massive difference between the two, then human emotions and love is going to be one hell of challenge. Because it’s not logical, one cannot break it down in reasonable pieces and emotions really know how to kick IQ in the nuts.
- Expectations: People in your life, can really have unrealistic expectations and sometimes they can fail to realize that at the end of the day, you are a human being with limitations and an emotional breaking point.
- Smaller dating pool: This one doesn’t apply to men with high IQs, but this is a challenge for women. I have come across a lot of men who become hostile at the realization that a woman can be intellectually superior so no matter how you look, your dating pool is limited to men who are smarter than you or liberal/feminist/sapiosexual men who appreciate it rather than feeling threatened by it.
Vineeta Tyagi – IQ:142-150, 150 when I’m not sober! 😀
Author of novel OFf TraCk