What does above average intelligence actually entail?

We all know one person who is so smart, the term ‘genius’ just seems to fit them perfectly. But what are the actual traits of a genius and how do you know if you are one? Well, according to scientists, it’s actually quite simple.

People of above average intelligence have been found to have the following traits in common, although they’re a bit stranger than simply having a high IQ:

1. High sex drive

LoveHoney, a UK sex shop has released information that more of their student customers come from ‘top’ universities in the country rather than those that are lesser-known as good universities. Cambridge and Oxford came first by spending £14,600 on sex toys, whereas students of Surrey and Loughborough spent less than £4,900.

The conclusion to this study is one that is questionable, but understandable. Since intellectual people are more likely to spend time pursuing personal and intellectual growth, they spend less time pursuing personal relationships so satisfy their libido using personal pleasure products instead.

2. Unsociable

Whilst being unsociable can be a sign of many things, it’s also a sign of being a genius. They generally feel different to their peers, as though they don’t fit in because their interests differ, so they tend to withdraw and persevere their own interests alone.

Along the lines of being unsociable, people who have above average intelligence tend to think about what they’re saying before they speak, and may not speak that often but when they do it is something of worth.

3. Addictions

Studies [1] have shown that children who present signs of being highly intelligent are more likely to become addicted to illegal substances when they get older. Drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, amphetamines and heroin are some of the drugs favoured by the highly intelligent.

4. Night Owl

Highly intelligent individuals tend to stay up late into the night, ensuring they finish that book or complete that project to the best of their ability.

Being awake whilst everyone else is starting to drift off to sleep is a common trait a lot of geniuses have in common. Nikola Tesla never slept for more than 2 hours a night and there have been countless stories of other geniuses who just didn’t like sleep!

5. Left-Handed

Being left-handed can be a sign of above average intelligence and since the left-side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice versa, left-handed people can use both sides equally well.

This means they’re able to process incoming information quicker and better than their right-handed counterparts. Whilst being more intelligent, research [2] also shows that left-handed people forget things more easily, which links to the rapid neuron formation in the hippocampus.

Whilst these signs also apply to many other people, who may not be considered to be geniuses, research shows that the people who are considered highly intelligent tend to fulfil each of these traits, plus much more.

Do you fit into any of these categories? Do you recognise any of these traits in someone you know? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. http://jech.bmj.com/content/66/9/767
  2. http://independent.co.uk
Christina Lawson, B.A.

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