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. Lindsey October 31, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    And guys, stop saying that you’re not a genius because your grades and academics are average. That sort of thing, against popular belief, really means nothing. Intelligence is not what you know, it’s your capacity to learn.

  2. Chanchana Sornsoontorn February 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    What is the science you are talking about?
    I have social anxiety and I am suited in many categories but I don’t believe anything so easily.
    Where is the peer-reviewed research paper?

    • Anna LeMind July 25, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      please follow the links in the article – they will take you to the related posts on our website which cover all the 7 signs separately and contain the links to the related peer-reviewed research papers.

  3. Eric Murray March 17, 2018 at 1:40 am - Reply

    I have all these problems and yes they are all true but they do not mention the obsessions that come from being a genius. I when I was nervous and still today will do multiplication in my head rapidly for hours on end to calm myself in a social setting. I also did to calm my mind at the end of the day because my mind operates in solving problems mostly abstract which can continue into the night. And no I do not suffer from mania though people would expect it but my mind is overactive with thoughts like a burting cylinder from the combustion.

  4. Manoj Dutta April 1, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    All signs are present within me except loving of cat so much

    • Shandip.Th June 29, 2018 at 6:24 am - Reply

      What is your ability?

  5. Özlem Yıldız June 5, 2018 at 1:52 am - Reply

    All apply to me and I heard people referring to me as genius. Nowadays I feel as if I have exrataordinary ideas. But I don’t know. Maybe I’m just being manic.

  6. ishan soni June 5, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

    some sign are present in me.

  7. Shandip.Th June 29, 2018 at 6:22 am - Reply

    That’s exactly happened to me.
    And why I can’t be a topper.

  8. Justin Porter July 23, 2018 at 6:06 am - Reply

    That’s right, it’s not what you can absorb, it’s what you can connect and can grow exponentially to form better knowledge and reshape the meaning.

  9. mackenzie noel October 27, 2018 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    i guess i’m a genius

  10. Jim m November 4, 2018 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I mean I’m all of them. I wouldnt say I’m a genius but above average perhaps.

  11. Femi Abiodun November 18, 2018 at 12:37 am - Reply

    I show all 7 signs.
    Truly ingenuity or genius is not what you know, it is what you can learn quickly. Even without being taught.
    I grew up teaching myself, even though I wasn’t getting perfect scores until my BSc when I had perfect score in final year first semester and graduated first class

  12. joseph nii November 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    oh boy, always finding new ways of doing things and when i share it with my senior men they all shout out at once
    mr. genius.Am trying hard to believe am one of them mathematically.

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