Characteristics of the Gifted


I received my Mensa Research Journal in the mail yesterday, and found some of the material so interesting that I decided to suspend my writing about the psyche for a day and blog about intelligence, instead.

This issue is about high intelligence (giftedness) in the workplace. I found one article, “Gifted Adults in Work,” by Noks Nauta and Frans Corten, especially interesting. The abstract begins, “gifted adults ( people with a very high intelligence; 2% of the population) sometimes are not able to function adequately at work” (49). Ironic, isn’t it, that the most intelligent among us may function inadequately at work, in school, or in other settings? Why is that?

Gifted people share certain characteristics that can make adapting difficult when adapting means thinking, acting, or feeling within normal limits. Several articles mentioned that people with very high IQs are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD or autism.

Some of the shared characteristics of the gifted are:
  • Speed of thinking. Gifted individuals think more quickly than others. They make many mental switches, associate rapidly, and give the impression that they jump from one subject to the next.
  • High sensitivity.People with high intelligence are also more sensitive in various areas, such as psychomotor, sensorial, intellectual, imaginative, and emotional. They are sometimes confused with people who have ADHD.
  • Introversion.The inner world of the gifted is very well-developed. They are quickly and easily hurt, and so tend to keep others at a distance. Some avoid parties and other social gatherings because the topics of conversation bore them or because they have been rejected for being “different” in the past. People with high IQs also have trouble finding others who are like them, which can lead them to become even more isolated.
  • Emotional development.Many gifted individuals feel emotions strongly; but because their thinking ability is dominant and provides safety, their emotional development may lag behind. They may have trouble linking feelings and reason. This may be reinforced when the child’s giftedness is not recognized from an early age, and when it is mistaken for autism or other developmental problems.
  • Creativity. Gifted people are more global by nature and have strong capacities for imagination. People of average intelligence can’t follow the train of thought of the gifted. Gifted individuals can also identify patterns quickly and thus predict trends. They may draw conclusions intuitively or make what appear to be quick or premature judgments. Their creativity is often frustrated by the regular education system or the typical work place.
  • Independence. Gifted people make judgments and form opinions autonomously. They are non-conformist and therefore display “inappropriate behavior” in the classroom or work place. They often have an aversion to non-democratic authority.
  • Perfectionism. Perfectionism is often accompanied by having too high expectations of others, but also with shame, guilt feelings, and feelings of inferiority through not being able to meet their own high expectations.
  • Learning style. Many gifted people have exploratory learning styles. They look for what isn’t there, and are often bored by rote learning methods. As a result, they may never develop learning strategies.
  • Fear of failure and under-performing.If their intelligence is not stimulated, children often develop bad working habits. They sometimes think that they are stupid, become afraid of failure, and start under-performing. Their motivation to learn decreases.
A Young Scholar, by Jean-Honore Fragonard (c. 1775)

A Variety of Interests and Abilities

Gifted people tend to be interested in and good at many different things. A gifted child may want to become involved in new activities quickly, and then over-commit himself. This may continue into adulthood, making the gifted adult a “Jack of all trades, master of none.”

I found this list of characteristics of the gifted interesting, because they are all too familiar. I think that being able to see layer upon layer of meaning in a situation or relationship can be particularly painful to the person with high intelligence, because often these layers are missed by the average person. This hyper-sensitivity can be crippling and can, I think, cause those with high intelligence to teeter on the edge of neurosis if they aren’t helped to see that they do, in fact, see and experience life differently than the average person. A 10-year-old able to think, read, and comprehend at the high school level, but still emotionally and developmentally every bit the 10-year-old is going to have problems in 5th grade. This is a fact of life that the parents of the gifted child really ought to pay attention to rather than pretending it isn’t there, or expecting the child to work it out on his or her own.

Strategies for the Gifted

The authors write that gifted people use various strategies to cope with their oddness. They may choose to be inconspicuous, keeping a low profile and restricting personal development because they’re not aware of their high intelligence, or don’t care to do the work that will lead to being accepted or better adjusted. (What’s the value of being well adjusted? If you can’t explain it to your gifted child in dollars and cents, he just may decide to forego “getting along” becaues it doesn’t make sense.)

Others may have grown up knowing they were intelligent, accepted it, and developed the social skills to get along with others. Many who adapt do so because they are able to work or learn in a gifted environment. Still others move on from acceptance to being primarily social, functioning well in multi-disciplinary jobs where high intelligence and good social skills are needed (many more highly intelligent people work in the humanities, for example).

Others with high intelligence get stuck using confrontational or isolationist strategies and manage to make lifestyles of arguing with and confronting others in the environment, or of isolating themselves. While this may keep them feeling lively for awhile, it can also be isolating and lead to job terminations, setting the individual up for a long string of losses. I have had a couple of sons who began to develop this pattern in school, and I showed them how getting along with the teacher, even if he was wrong, would earn a better grade than showing the class what a fool the instructor was. Earn the grade first, I told them; educate the teacher afterward. This is a strategy that has worked for them, for the most part, and improved their GPAs. I will add, though, that some fools who are also professors can’t be gotten by, and the high-IQ student may just have to take a few bad grades. “Suck it up,” I tell them, “but don’t compromise your values.”

Professions

Another article in the journal showed what sorts of professions the gifted tend to choose by surveying groups of gifted and non-gifted adults. I was surprised to learn that 45.6% of gifted people surveyed worked in the humanities, while only 17.8% of those with average intelligence did, and that only 22% of the gifted worked in science and technology, while almost 26% of people with average intelligence did. A similar proportion of gifted and non-gifted worked in the natural sciences.

Perhaps most surprising was that only 11% of gifted people chose economic or legal professions, while almost 27% of the non-gifted went into economics or law. This must explain why it’s so difficult to find a good attorney, why smart people often have to do the work their attorneys ought to be doing, and why the economy is in so much trouble.

Finally, no gifted people in the study group chose artistic professions, whereas 4.4% of the non-gifted did. I found this particularly interesting, since in our local Mensa group there are several artists; but not one of them chose art as a primary career. All of them had one or two careers before retiring, and only turned to art after they had retired comfortably. This goes along with what other researchers have found, which is that people who are intelligent and will act on their intelligence also tend to be practical. They will choose certain safety over behaviors have questionable outcomes. My friends who became artists late in life all have that in common. They assumed when they were younger and raising children that their art could not support them, so they waited until they were past retirement age to throw themselves into their art.

Disclaimer

I should note that the study group used in the article about professions was small, and I do not think representative of the general population. I’m sure that there are probably quite a few artists, attorneys, and judges out there with IQs higher than 100.


86 responses to “Characteristics of the Gifted”

  1. 1/8th of a complete person Avatar

    I have read this site with mostly fondness and some disdain. I am one of the retarded lifers referred to as the ‘gifted’. I suffered an imitation childhood do to my father recognizing my ‘gifts’. These include an above average IQ, high creativity which is accompanied by tagalong foibles,low latent ihibition, and a protective pattern of selective memory.I do dabble in some forms of artistic venture (if you consider writing tv commercials artistic). However,I do tire quickly of any repitition that forms. Originality begets conformity. When it does I walk away. The parameters of my mind can at times expand at will to infinite directions that somehow loop back to form the original thought with all bases covered. To remember what has been and somehow see what is,and what will be, without leaving the subject for one second, can be maddening! No one understands how a thought can become a reality and a solution complete with future problems in the span of a few seconds. I become doubted immediately,even doubting myself at times. One of the problems is that when I have let someone in on my ‘abilities’ I feel they have made me their ‘science project’ ‘lab rat’ ‘ source of inquisitive conversations with single-minded,one demensional individuals who have written books on the subject.’ This is disheartening. I feel belittled and will introvert myself to protection mode. In this state I form walls that are difficult to break through. I hide myself among the ‘less gifted’ and take on their tendencies so as not to be ‘displayed’. My goal in life is actually very simple. To somehow be accepted as I am without having to hide. I am tired of creating a me that doesn’t exist just so I can ‘fit in’.

  2. syzygyhappens Avatar
    syzygyhappens

    Wow-I just found this web site and the timimg is spot on. I have MS and had a bizarre childhood; I thought I was broken–I was tested for cognitive problems and found out I am “very bright-98th percentile”. After searching for more information, I’ve found many of my issues aren’t pathology-I’m just smart and no-one understood this about me. I wish I was told about this years ago. My journey would have been much easier. I feel like I’m home instead of feeling like I’m from another planet. Thank you Eve!

  3. Lee Avatar
    Lee

    Eve, I’d like to ask you some questions about underachieving gifted children, but there is not sufficient space here for me to do so. Any way I can contact you with a more lengthy message?

  4. Eve Avatar

    Hated One, welcome back. I wish you could read your words from another perspective. You wrote “I killed off my demonic impulses long ago,” and yet your name is “Hated One,” your email address has a satanic reference in it; you name-call habitually. You seem bitter and angry. You brag. You judge yourself to be “more christ-like […] than 99% of christians”!

    And, astrologically speaking, if you are only 27 years old, your Saturn return cannot have occurred yet. It occurs at 28-29 years (don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia, friend), most generally I’ve seen it in the 28th year, but some people have theirs in the 29th. It’s very uncommon to have it as early as 27 or as late as 30. A decent astrologer can tell you exactly when you will have yours. When it occurs, it will last roughly 2.5 years.

    I’ve several thoughts I’d like to share with you, but I also have doubts about your ability to receive anything from anyone else. So I’ll say goodbye, and good luck.

    1. Hind's Feet in High Places Avatar
      Hind's Feet in High Places

      What is the Saturn reaching you refer to?

    2. Hind's Feet in High Places Avatar
      Hind's Feet in High Places

      What is the Saturn reaching you refer to?

  5. hated_one Avatar
    hated_one

    I had to research the saturn reference-the only mythology I’ve gotten into is aka “religion.”

    When I mentioned my atheism, perhaps the reason wasn’t too clear: I don’t believe I get paradise after death…I’m going to take what I want out of life before I’m done with it, period-life has taken enough out of me as is-I’ve given all I, personally, am able to give to the less fortunate-I’m not mother theresa and never will be.

    BUT, if it makes you feel better- my saturn HAS come back around-I’m dealing with it now- and you’re bearing witness to the post-reflection conclusions and changes…the first 26 years of my life were a struggle to swim back out of hades-i’m just taking in my first deep breaths of fresh-filling my lungs-and loving every minute of it…i’ve never felt more my self…

    AND, again, to make you feel better- the “bleed em dry” reference was mostly rhetoric, exaggerated metaphor ;-} I’d never be Ken Lay and would probably be applauded for my business ethics (since I quit over half my jobs due to ethical/moral concerns)…

    As an atheist, I’m more christ-like with respect to my philosophy than 99% of christians…

    no matter what i do–you, personally, have absolutely nothing to worry about–i killed off my demonic impulses long ago.

    take care

  6. hated_one Avatar
    hated_one

    I actually bookmarked this page; but, you’re right, I wasn’t going to make a concerted effort to return, I just happened to need a bookmark way at the bottom and decided to take a detour here instead…I’ll start by saying that I was in a foul mood when I posted last time-so, it was colored…then, let’s revisit this gem:

    “It amuses me that in one paragraph you argue against EQ, and yet in your last paragraph you state that your EQ is “high enough” to “get away with” working on an MBA.”

    There’s no inconsistency here at all, your smug amusement is unwarranted. As far as I can tell, based on the nominal research I’ve done, the whole EQ concept, while touting itself as some grand discovery, still seems mostly fluff. I understand the fact that it’s supposed to measure, essentially, fundamentally, a person’s empathy-how well they understand and react to others’ emotional manifestations. This is not hard to do. It takes a modicum of intelligence to figure out why a person feels the way they feel in any given moment-the unfortunate fact remains that the biggest roadblock for the GRAND majority of people is a complete inability to get outside their own head and into the world.

    Modern psychology, in general, is a fraud-I’ve already wasted over a decade of my life studying it-no more. I’m an atheist and I don’t have any moral qualms about neglecting those who neglect their self, not any more. By nature, I simply lack the sympathy for anyone who destroys their self (my self included)…

    I do enjoy helping people-I do have a passion for analyzing and understanding many different problems and constructing creative, practical solutions. However- I refuse to allow my self to be kicked around and put down by a majority that neglects and abuses their most valuable commodities religiously.

    This has nothing to do with pessimism and everything to do with a calm, cold, rational acceptance of the historical and inevitable facts of human existence.

    Over 90% of all living species have gone extinct- it’s a foregone conclusion that humanity probably will too.

    I’m not abandoning the humanities because I’ve abandoned all hope for humanity- I still have plenty of hope- and, I’m still a hopeless romantic with a dash of optimism, if I wasn’t I would’ve blown my brains out long ago; the fact still remains, however, that if humanity expects to survive itself, and if I know my self as well as I think I do, my natural talents and abilities will be best applied in business settings, generally.

    I have plenty of empathy, what I lack is sympathy for those of us (again, my self included) who are the primary cause of our most dire problems. Fess up your fuck ups and fix it. I do have a passion for helping others, but I have too much sympathy for those who CANNOT help themselves, in other words, I know I couldn’t emotionally handle being a nurse to the invalid, my heart would break and I would cry like a twelve year old girl (I’d never get laid again)…I can emotionally handle telling an unreasonable entrepreneur that his actions are unreasonable, or commendable. I can emotionally handle rejection (desensitized, and indestructible ego)… I can’t emotionally handle ignorant authority figures.

    The ONLY choice for me to make, if I’m to Truly find self-fulfillment, is corporate execution and business development-I’m too aggressive by nature. I’ll show my compassion through donations. But, I cannot tolerate 99% of authority figures, so, the only solution is to BE the authority figure. And, so it will be. If bettering the worse half of humanity is a by-product of my efforts, then it is a pleasant unintended consequence, and we all die happy.

    take care

    1. Noelle Avatar
      Noelle

      Hated One, would you like to donate to getting my son out of public school?

  7. Eve Avatar

    Vunderkid, if you’ve seen the movie Mystery Men you’ll know what I mean when I say that your comment reminded me of the super-hero called The Sphinx. 😉

  8. Eve Avatar

    Hated One, although I have my doubts about whether you’ll return or not, I’m going to respond as if you will return.

    First, I’ve edited out your personal attacks directed at another person, because (a) I can, seeing as it’s my blog, (b) I didn’t find your arguments compelling, as I think they were unfounded, and (c) because your arguments are good even without the attacks. I apologize if my editorial discretion offends you or diminishes your argument in your opinion.

    I agree with you that there is a big trend toward leveling the playing field in our culture because people want to pound the nail that sticks up. This has always been the case among human beings. For example, we recently started watching Big Brother (I know, I know… stupid) and, as usual, the people who stood out the most were singled out due to their differences. The road to survival on that stupid show is always refusing to stick out in any way until the bitter end. I think this is true in large groups in almost any setting; and even in small groups.

  9. vunderkid Avatar
    vunderkid

    Sacrificing the individual for the sake of the collective creates individuals who sacrifice the collective for the sake of self.

  10. hated_one Avatar
    hated_one

    Second thought:

    Highly intelligent people are also more readily ridiculed and demeaned for their mistakes, punished much more quickly and harshly:

    after all, if “we” are so “intelligent,” then we should know better.

    intelligent people become introverts precisely because most people suck.

    -for the record; so anyone reading understands the practical consequences- at one time I wanted to devote my talents, skills, and energy to the humanities (psychiatry/neuroscience)…but, in large part due to a long history of mistreatment at the hands of the “average” I’ve decided to do an about face in long term goals; humanity is doomed anyway, so I’m getting my MBA and sucking as many people dry as I possible can-and I’ve got a high enough EQ to get away with it.

    Take care peeps.

  11. hated_one Avatar
    hated_one

    Not even sure how to approach this-but, I feel compelled to toss my 2-cents in. Brief personal background: autodidact diagnosed with ADHD, passed MENSA test and refuse membership (I refuse ALL group membership at this point), 27 years old, male, raised by an extraordinarily emotionally unstable single mother who went through several emotionally and physically abusive relationships prior to settling down with a foundry pounding truck driver with the IQ of a fencepost (every post should have a Tom Waites reference)…For the most part, I’ve learned how to “get along” socially-I simply choose to be my self instead of catering to the majority.

    Most people are deeply insecure and self-absorbed to begin with, so, I place very little faith in ANY standardized test and absolutely ABHOR this wholly fallible and ineffective “normalization” revolution that NORMAL and AVERAGE people have FORCED all of humanity into. [edited out personal attack] This whole EQ hype will blow over once the AVERAGE psych student and professor learn to get over their selves. The emphasis on EQ lately is nothing but the manifestation of the majority’s mental envy. It’s a way for stupid people to feel some sense of accomplishment for being timid and weak by nature and a way for intelligent people to avoid developing stupid people by praising them for their sympathetic/empathetic natures (which are usually gotten at merely because they were treated like shit in the first place).

    The summary reads like this:

    Humanity has spent thousands of years treating its own kind like dogs-and, we still do, quite regularly and systematically-the end product…is human beings who act like dogs; they might nuzzle up to you now and then, try to lick your hand in order to gain your favor and affection, but, deep down, all they want is food, shelter, and protection-and, depending on how they were treated as a pup (or their DNA), they simply won’t hesitate to bite your hand off at the slightest sign that their well being is threatened. Only, with humans, precisely because most of us ARE emotionally unstable, we bite much more frequently.

    How is this genius doing? Despite scoring in the 99th percentile in both IQ and EQ testing- despite profound independent study in psychology, history, philosophy-despite being able to perform quite well in several sales occupations (retail/door to door/non-profit fundraising)-despite being one of the more well rounded geniuses you’d probably ever meet-I still struggle to stay gainfully employed and struggle to find employment regularly. It doesn’t have much of anything to do with any of the stereotypical, cliche, unfounded, absurd bullshit put forth by people [edited out personal attack]–and has everything to do with the fact that, despite all of our posturing as “humans,” humanity is still fully loaded with a majority that more closely resembles neanderthal animals.

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out:

    The brightest minds aren’t in business- the brightest minds aren’t in government-

    the brightest minds are so few and far between that they’re easily isolated and cast aside long before they’re allowed to compete with the majority of dullards. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that hiring a genius isn’t good for a dullard’s job security.

    Take care peeps.

  12. Eve Avatar

    Caroline, this reminds me of the Jo Coudert quote I keep in the sidebar, “You do not need to be loved, not at the cost of yourself.”

    It takes a lot of growth to be able to stand alone; but some are able to do that. Evidently a lot of people in politics find it more difficult. 😉

  13. Caroline Avatar

    Quite recent history has shown wonderful examples of groupthink.

    An example often trotted out in business management courses is the Bay of Pigs debacle – John F Kennedy’s decision to invade Cuba, using Cuban exiles to do this. Everyone in Kennedy’s inner circle agreed with the decision, and it was only afterwards when they were out of government that they admitted it was stupid, and had known this deep down at the time, but had suppressed their considerable doubts.

    But they agreed at the time because no-one wanted to be the odd-man out, and thus forfeit the friendship of their esteemed colleagues, or be cast out of the group.

    It’s only when people are expelled from the group that they tell the truth, blow the whistle. Think of John Dean in the Nixon administration, or Scott McClellan in the Bush administration. This is just for starters.

    Think of other disasters like the decisions to invade Vietnam, or Iraq. Or the possible forthcoming decision to bomb Iran. They are all examples of the dangers of groupthink.

    “……..If one has to compromise one’s thinking to be in the group, why are we in it? A higher or necessary purpose, probably……….?

    Often we have to be in the group because we have to be, like at work, or on juries. But once in the group, we form personal attachments to the others in it, and we don’t want to earn their enmity by disagreeing.

    But we are sometimes in groups because we choose to be in them. Feeling existentially alone and isolated, we yearn for the comfort of the group, to be in its loving embrace.

    To be thrown out is to be rejected, to be deprived of love. And who wants that?!!!

  14. Eve Avatar

    Caroline, Your take on groupthink is interesting. I’ll think about that. I’ve not looked at it that way before.

    One question that comes up, though, is this: if the intelligence of the individual group members does not go down (or maybe “act” down), then what are they doing with it? Just getting along, as you suggested?

    If one has to compromise one’s thinking to be in the group, why are we in it? A higher or necessary purpose, probably?

  15. Caroline Avatar

    Thank you for also posting this poem in the comments section of my own site.

    It (the poem) indeed captures wonderfully and succinctly the differences between the two types of intelligences.

    As I look over your recent postings, I realize I must visit your site more often than I’ve been doing, for there’s so much of interest to me which I must catch up on.

    “…….Jung said that the more people were in a group, the lower the intelligence of the group fell……….”.

    I think this is because we, all of us, when in a group, censure our thoughts and expressions in order to keep in with the rest of the group.

    We don’t want to disagree too vehemently, because if we do, we run the high risk of being cast out.

    Hence “groupthink”.

    So I don’t think the intelligence of the individual members of the group becomes less. It’s that the individual members behave less intelligently when in the group, than when outside it.

  16. Eve Avatar

    Caroline, I’ve been reading Rumi (yes, now I’m reduced–or enlarged–to slow-going poetry reading and digesting), and this poem reminded me of our discussion:

    Two Kinds of Intelligence
    There are two kinds of intelligence: One acquired,
    as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
    from books and from what the teacher says,
    collecting information from the traditional sciences
    as well as from the new sciences.

    With such intelligence you rise in the world.
    You get ranked ahead or behind others
    in regard to your competence in retaining
    information. You stroll with this intelligence
    in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
    marks on your preserving tablets.

    There is another kind of tablet, one
    already completed and preserved inside you.
    A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
    in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
    does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
    and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
    through the conduits of plumbing-learning.

    This second knowing is a fountainhead
    from within you, moving out.

    (Mathnawi IV:1960-1968)

  17. Eve Avatar

    Caroline, I don’t believe it’s as simple as people with high IQ running things. There may or may not be empirical evidence to support your assumption; I am not sure that people with IQs in the top 2% of the population are, in fact, CEOs, too.

    Jung said that the more people were in a group, the lower the intelligence of the group fell. I think this is true; therefore, even a bright person running a big group is going to become more and more stupid. Groups do not improve the person.

    To answer your question, IQ tests do not measure emotional intelligence. And they do measure more than cleverness. They measure a person’s ability to solve problems, a person’s quickness at discovering patterns, memory, etc. They do show a lot; but they do not indicate what sort of a leader a person will be, or whether a person is moral or socially adept or fun to be with, naturally.

  18. chasing the deck Avatar
    chasing the deck

    No solace have I ever found in consonants or common ground.

  19. Caroline Avatar

    “……..You probably already know that there are varieties of intelligence, including intelligence that can’t be measured by a standardized IQ test…….”.

    I’ve long thought this, and opine that “intelligence” can’t be caught in one basket, so to speak, and that there are many difference kinds of intelligence.

    So we are, all of us, (I think) individually, up there (high) in some types of “intelligence” and down there (low) in other types of “intelligence”.

    I’m not a psychologist, and so am not familiar with what is actually measured in intelligence tests today (do they include EQ?)

    But from my memories of having taken intelligence tests when at high school, they (the intelligence tests) seemed to emphasize quickness, in particularly quickness in solving problems, with everything else marginalized.

    In a previous blog, which I kept in another incarnation, I wrote a piece about “intelligence”, and intelligence tests, based on my own experience of them, and on my observations of supposedly intelligent people in high places, particularly in the highest echelons of government, saying and doing such asinine and unintelligent things.

    Here, for what it’s worth, is a snippet of what I wrote:

    “……..There has been much discussion over I don’t know how many years, about whether IQ tests actually measure ‘intelligence’ – a word with much emotional baggage. But might it not be more accurate to say that IQ tests measure ‘cleverness’ rather than ‘intelligence’; so if you do well on an IQ test, you are ‘clever’ rather than ‘intelligent’?

    Looking at the dictionary, I see the two words have somewhat similar definitions, but I think to be ‘intelligent’ implies something deeper, more profound than being ‘clever’ – a word implying something more trivial.

    So we speak condescendingly of someone being a ‘clever fellow’, or, if they are carrying cleverness to an absurd length, of being ‘too clever by half’.

    Since IQ tests emphasize quickness and the solving of puzzles, I believe it would be more accurate to say they measure ‘cleverness’.

    So why not, then, change the name of the ‘IQ test’ to the ‘CQ (cleverness quotient) test’? It would eliminate so much confusion and angry debate.

    Someone having a low or merely average ‘CQ’, could still be respected because this would say nothing about their sagacity, emotional maturity, ability to look at issues deeply, or to take the long view, for these attributes have nothing to do with quickness or speed, which are so prized by the Businessman, who is the one who shapes the values of our modern society, of which the ‘IQ test’ is a part and parcel.

    Meanwhile we will continue to worship the traditional IQ test, from which emerge the clever ones, the Smart-Alecks, the Hot-Shots, who will continue to run our governments and corporations.

    So we shouldn’t be surprised when we see rampant stupidity as the normal state of affairs in all the corridors of power – no matter where in the world they are – for they are the domain of the clever and the quick, the Smart-Alecks and the Hot-Shots.

    It is THEY – not the wise, nor the thoughtful, nor the sensitive, nor the emotionally-mature, nor the meek – who have inherited the earth.

    It is THEY who propel us to our extinction……..”

    1. Hind's Feet in High Places Avatar
      Hind's Feet in High Places

      “Businessman, who is the one who shapes the values of our modern society,…”

      I had the feeling that this is true…

      I truly despise the characteristics that make up a “businessman”, when you cut away all the fast talk and suave appearance all that’s left is shallowness and stupidity, and what really gets me is how Everyone and their dog wants to act just like them, keepin’ up with the joneses…
      Shallow and stupid people… man, they make me feel smart! Sorry, that just makes me angrier than all hell.

      1. Hind's Feet in High Places Avatar
        Hind's Feet in High Places

        Maybe I shouldn’t speak in generalities…

        There is an attitude of superiority that comes along with the shallow way of our society this makes me very angry. It’s very evident when you hit the road… all the inconsiderate people come out to play, and that’s not too economical or safe!!

    2. Hind's Feet in High Places Avatar
      Hind's Feet in High Places

      “Businessman, who is the one who shapes the values of our modern society,…”

      I had the feeling that this is true…

      I truly despise the characteristics that make up a “businessman”, when you cut away all the fast talk and suave appearance all that’s left is shallowness and stupidity, and what really gets me is how Everyone and their dog wants to act just like them, keepin’ up with the joneses…
      Shallow and stupid people… man, they make me feel smart! Sorry, that just makes me angrier than all hell.

      1. Hind's Feet in High Places Avatar
        Hind's Feet in High Places

        Maybe I shouldn’t speak in generalities…

        There is an attitude of superiority that comes along with the shallow way of our society this makes me very angry. It’s very evident when you hit the road… all the inconsiderate people come out to play, and that’s not too economical or safe!!

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    Caroline, you make some good observations. You probably already know that there are varieties of intelligence, including intelligence that can’t be measured by a standardized IQ test. Psychologists have been developing finer tools, but even now, the most commonly used tests measure only certain types of intelligence. I caution people never to assume they are not gifted just because their achievement test score didn’t place them in the top 2% on a standardized test. Albert Einstein was gifted but did not perform well on such tests or in school. This is true of many geniuses. So, genius is as genius does.

    It’s also a developmental trait to tire of cliche type relationships and people after a certain point, if a person is growing and developing. Many do not, and so are satisfied with the mundane their entire lives. Others want more, and so grow bored with the status quo. This may be a different type of development of consciousness–also not measurable on an IQ test.

    Then there’s the problem you mention, which is professionals who are highly educated who are dullards and nincompoops outside their professions. They are not socially intelligent or gifted at all. Therefore, obviously there are varieties of giftedness. Not everyone is gifted (I do not subscribe to the “everyone is gifted” school, or the “everyone’s a winner” school either); but I think a lot of different types of giftedness are overlooked.

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