Have you ever wondered whether you were a genius? Are you incredibly good with numbers? Do you easily find your way through a maze? If so, you might be one of those gifted individuals with an exceptionally high IQ.
What is the IQ?
IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. It is a numerical score that is calculated based on standardized tests. The goal of the IQ is to measure the level of cognitive capability of an individual and is therefore often associated with the level of intelligence.
Your IQ score is a comparative metric: it compares your cognitive skills against the average person. The IQ of an average person is 100. 50 percent of people have an IQ above 100, and 50 percent of people have an IQ below 100.
So what is considered a high IQ?
Any IQ score above 100 is considered above average. A deeper look at the extreme levels of IQ reveals that around 16% of the population has an IQ score above 115, and only 2.2% of the population has an IQ score above 130. This implies that having a high IQ is pretty rare.
Since it is not easy to identify a person with high intellectual potential (HPI) without making generalizations, people often rely on an IQ test to assess their intellectual abilities.
What are signs that you have a high IQ?
Common characteristics include great intellectual curiosity, the desire to learn, the will to win and achievement, the pursuit of having a meaningful life, and a high level of sensitivity due to outstanding aesthetic abilities.
On the flip side, high IQ individuals may have a higher level of anxiety. This is because they can't help thinking constantly.
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