If you’re not sure yet whether you’re a creative genius or not, here are some signs that could help you work it out:
1. You suffer from depression, anxiety, phobias, etc.
The idea of the tortured creative genius is one we all know well. Some of the greatest minds in history have been tormented.
Great Roman thinkers, Seneca the Younger and Petronius. Tortured writers Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. Artists Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Rothko. We all know examples of creative geniuses that had tragic ends.
This is not to mention the myriads of others we can think of who have struggled with substance and alcohol misuse.
In a study using the Penn State Worry Questionnaire and the Weschler Brief Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Test, they found a direct correlation between increased anxiety and increased intelligence.
These findings were also backed up by physiological differences in the brain that they observed in the same subjects.
Scientists have also shown that people with social anxiety have greater empathic abilities – the ability to sense what others are feeling.
This is a sign of another type of intelligence (EQ). Being acutely sensitive to the non-verbal cues present in interaction, people with high EQ can suffer from anxiety around people.
2. You use sarcasm a lot
Sarcasm is a caustic type of humor that often employs subtlety or irony. It disguises a negative meaning in what a person might literally interpret as a positive statement.
Sarcastic comments require the listener to understand a meaning in a statement despite the words used, not because of them.
For this reason, making a sarcastic statement requires more mental processing than making a straightforward statement. People who use this type of expression are working their brains harder than those who don’t.
3. You stay up late
Another characteristic that seems to correlate with intelligence, if we look at a recent study, is an increased tendency to stay up late at night and wake up later in the morning.
This pattern arises particularly at weekends when people are more at liberty to decide what they do with their time.
The lowest IQ group went to bed earliest and awoke earliest. Those in the average IQ group stayed up later than those in the first group and got out of bed later. Finally, the high intelligence group (IQ of 125 and over) went to bed and awoke later than both other groups.
4. Being disorganized
The relationship between the creative genius and disorganization has been pointed out frequently.
It’s a phenomenon that we observe in some characteristic examples of creative geniuses that have become famous, such as Albert Einstein and Mark Twain.
As far as scientific research is concerned, the Myers-Briggs personality test relates visionary capabilities to disorganization, and a study by the Minnesota School of Management found that a disorganized environment boosted creative thought.
5. Prefering cats over dogs
A study by Carroll University, Wisconsin, found that cat owners are more intelligent than dog owners.
Bizarrely, dog and cat owners seem to have traits similar to those that we associate with these pets. Dog owners are supposedly more energetic, more sociable, and more likely to follow rules.
Cat owners, on the other hand, scored higher on traits such as introversion, sensitivity and rule breaking. Cat owners also scored higher on IQ tests.
These studies have interesting results and certainly, offer a bit of food for thought. However, we should never forget that there’s only one real proof of creative genius. This proof can’t be contested even by a study: it’s the product of that creativity.
It’s not enough just to behave in the way that a creative genius might behave, or have some of the same habits. If you’re a creative genius, make sure that ultimately you have something other than this article to prove it.
Do you identify with the traits described in the article? Do you think it’s possible to define a creative genius through their habits and personality traits?