7 Unexpected Signs You Might Be a Genius (Backed by Science)

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People often throw around the term ‘genius’ when it comes to intelligence, but the way we understand this word is now always correct.

There are plenty of signs you didn’t realise could mean that you might actually be a genius, as proved by science.

1. If you like to stay up late

Staying awake late at night can be a sign that you have high intelligence. Studies were completed to show that children who were more intelligent grew up to be more nocturnal than their less intelligent counterparts. There are many reasons why this is the case, one argument being that the recent technological advances make our brains reach for technology to search for stimulation at night, ignoring the impulse to rise and fall with the sun like our ancestors.

2. If you’re sarcastic

Believe it or not, sarcastic people have a certain wit that implies intelligence. Studies found a link between sarcasm and creativity, meaning people who use sarcastic humour are more likely to be intelligent as it requires more thought, allows the mind to expand and promotes conceptualization.

3. If you overthink and worry a lot

Overthinkers and worriers are actually some of the most intelligent amongst us. Overthinking and worrying about potential situations shows imagination, which links to a high creativity IQ, so the next time you’re worrying about something, harness the creativity instead.

4. If you have social anxiety

Social anxiety is a term that encompasses many different traits, attributes and behaviours. However, it can actually mean you have a high IQ. If you think about it, people who have anxiety are constantly analyzing their surroundings, reflecting on what is happening, formulating ideas and processing information – all of this requires a lot of intelligence and studies support the idea that socially anxious people are generally more intelligent.

5. If you talk to yourself

Against popular belief, talking to yourself can imply you might be a genius or at least, you’re an intelligent human being, studies have found. Talking to yourself can alleviate stress, provides a cognitive boost and allows you to focus more clearly on the task at hand.

6. If you favour cats over dogs

Unfortunately for dog people, studies have found that people who prefer cats are more intelligent. Cat lovers were found to be more introverted, open-minded and more likely to be non-conformists. The animal you choose to favour is mainly dependent upon your personality type, the study found.

7. If you’re scatterbrained

It’s no secret that people who have a scatterbrain live a hectic life, but did you know that the ability to juggle various projects and work to your own timescales can actually be a strong indicator of high levels of intelligence? Constantly thinking about multiple things at once and not being able to focus on a particular task means you’re constantly expanding your horizons and wanting to achieve more. The unique way your brain works can be used to your advantage and you can use it to unleash your creative genius.

So there you have it, 7 unexpected signs that you might actually be a genius. Intelligence and genius can be defined in so many different ways and there are also many ways in which it can be communicated.

Do any of these signs apply to you or somebody you know? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Gabrielle April 18, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I’m 1,3,5,6 & 7! Every since my awakening, I’m becoming a 4 as well!

  2. Maya Broman April 18, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    This is me. I’m not too sarcastic though.But this is me.

  3. Natascha April 19, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

    1 – 7,with no.#3 I over think a lot but worrying meh ♉♈

  4. Teresa April 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    It’s unbelievable, as I was reading al the signs I had a small giggle going on inside of me, cuz as crazy as it is I have everyone of them‼️
    In regards to the sarcasm, when I come across someone who believes what they say is the only way as they are making you look like a idiot in front of other people, as they laugh I begin my methods of returning there kindness,
    It seems I can have a alternate answer with details that totally makes more sense than what they say. I don’t even know that I know,
    “does that make sense”‼️
    Through my school yrs I struggled and it was very upsetting. I wanted to be able to know what was going on it gave me stomach aches
    in elementary years. High school was different but the same. From my young years I remember always having anxiety around other kids & adults. In my mid 20’s I was dinoised with having ADD, after learning about it everything made sense.

    • Peter April 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      “does that make sense”

      Yes its the same with me 😉
      We are not alone 🙂

  5. Aiste April 20, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I know I shouldn’t trust internet too much but all of them actually apply to me. I’m quite surprised, honestly. And sarcasm is my favorite ‘language’ lol, I only speak it with my closest friends though, they know I don’t mean it in a mean way.

  6. - tisszy April 21, 2016 at 6:42 am - Reply

    I always knew that being what other people considered ‘nuts’ or ‘weird’ was quite normal for me. Here I am with a brain the size of a planet … (thank you Marvin, you sweet paranoid Android)

  7. Gavin cookster April 27, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Yes apply’s to me also

  8. Benjamin Raz July 13, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Very nice article. Found myself in all of the signs. Thank You for telling me that I am genius 😀

  9. Kushal October 7, 2016 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Dear writer, any scientific reference, do you have?

    • Anna LeMind October 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      You can find further information and references for each mentioned study by following the links in the article.

  10. Fred November 16, 2016 at 4:32 am - Reply

    This is exactly ‘me’

  11. Thuli November 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    is this true, cause if it true then I am hunderd percent genius.
    How come my academics are average though?

  12. Peter December 17, 2016 at 3:50 am - Reply

    I deviate only in my preferred pet: I like dogs. And according to IQ, I am a genius, though I don’t believe that’s what makes me one. I think it has more to do with the way one’s cognitive and emotional strands are wound together.

  13. CL December 31, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I am not a genius. Please, stop making me think otherwise, Mr. Internet.

  14. Crissy February 4, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

    I have 5 out of 7

  15. Stephanie March 19, 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I was shocked as I read the signs. I have all 7. The one about talking to yourself just meant I was crazy. Lol

  16. R.J March 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    oh my God am a 1-6

  17. AG April 5, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

    If you immediately jump to the conclusion that you are a genius after reading this article, you are not a genius.

  18. Jslone April 22, 2017 at 3:27 am - Reply

    I’m a genius!!!
    Yeah right.
    If you can calculate any given mathematical equation in less than 3 seconds then your a genius, not because you like cats.

  19. Kelly August 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I have all of these in spades but I’m not convinced you aren’t just mocking me with this article :/

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