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10 underrated signs of genuine intelligence

By | Louise Jackson |

Intelligence isn’t quite so clear cut. 

The truth is that it is multifaceted and so comes in many packages and takes on many guises. 

But science can shed some light upon how we measure and recognize intelligence. 

In this article we’ll take a look at 10 signs of intelligence. 

And I suspect that some of them are going to surprise you. 

So let’s dive in.

1. Being happy doing nothing

If you’ve ever been called lazy, it’s time to wear that label with pride. 

We live in an ever increasingly fast paced world. People always tend to be busy doing something. 

So much so that many struggle to sit back and do nothing. 

In his book ‘How to be Idle’ Tom Hodgkinson highlights how society can demonise a lack of so-called productivity:

“In 1993, I went to interview the late radical philosopher and drugs researcher Terence McKenna. I asked him why society doesn’t allow us to be more idle. He replied: I think the reason we don’t organise society in that way can be summed up in the aphorism, “idle hands are the devil’s tool.” In other words, institutions fear idle populations because an Idler is a thinker and thinkers are not a welcome addition to most social situations.”

One study in particular has backed up the idea that intelligent people are far happier being inactive. 

It found that smart people are less easily bored and so they are happy to spend time just thinking. 

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