There are 5 clues of “authentic” intelligence …

For openers, high IQ and bilingual aren’t on the list.


Interesting piece that I spotted on the DailyMail


Everybody tries to act smart, right?

You know … long words, dramatic pauses, furled brows, grasped chins.



Psyche researchers dismiss most of these antics as shallow fakery and have identified 5 behavioral traits that authentically mark true intelligence.

Test yourself ….and start using the markers to smoke out faux-smarties.


You are authentically intelligent if:

1. You learn from your mistakes

Psychological studies prove that smart people are the ones who can recognize and accept their failures – and, crucially, learn from them.

Rather than viewing mistakes as setbacks, intelligent people see them as learning curves and opportunities to grow.

My view: Subject to self-deceit … in an interview, have a couple of compelling examples in your hip pocket.


2. You read for fun

People who are avid readers and pore over a good book for pleasure rather than actively trying to seek out new knowledge are naturally more intelligent.

According to research, these avid readers have better memory function, communication skills, and focus.

My view: Oops. I’m an avid reader of job-related non-fiction … be ready to spew your last reads when asked.


3. You can argue against anyone

Arguing is a sure-fire sign of intelligence – but it’s the way in which you do it that sets you apart from others.

Those who argue articulately and convincingly – and can argue from every angle – are more gifted.

It isn’t just those who can argue from their point of view, but from everyone else’s, that have genuine intelligence.

My view: Now you’re talking … this is my favorite pastime … be able to go deeper than the headlines and superficial talking points … show substance and evidence.  The hard part: try not to be annoying


4. You think before you speak

Truly intelligent people have a brain that is quicker than their mouth.

If you take your time to answer people’s questions and think them through to provide a genuine answer that you’ve thought about, you’re one step ahead.

My view: Easily faked, but takes practice … at a minimum, wait until a questioner is done asking the question … think: Jeopardy buzz-in.


5. You don’t care what others think

Seriously intelligent people don’t consider other people when making decisions.

They don’t think about how others will feel as a result of their own actions and do things regardless of other people’s judgement.

My view: This one can get you into deep trouble … I’ve met a lot of authentically dumb people who are oblivious to what other people think. Scratch this one from the list … or at least change it to: “You act on your convictions.”



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One Response to “There are 5 clues of “authentic” intelligence …”

  1. John Carpenter Says:

    I would add “Humor”. It is not scientific but I have observed that the people I feel are intelligent, and they are not all college grads, have a great sense of humor.

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