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15 often overlooked signs of genuine intelligence

By | Paul Brian |

What does it mean to be smart?

Many of us have a typical image of an intellectual person who reads books, uses advanced vocabulary and wows people with his or her knowledge.

But being smart goes so much deeper than that.

Let’s take a look at many signs of profound intelligence that are often overlooked.

1. Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and navigate emotions in yourself and others.

Emotional intelligence is increasingly essential for success at work, not only in one’s personal life.

The fact of the matter is that being emotionally intelligent makes many life experiences and conflicts much less stressful, time-wasting and upsetting than they otherwise would be.

This saves time and energy.

As Munawar Hussain writes:

“Emotional intelligence isn’t just about being nice; it’s also about handling stressful situations more effectively than less intelligent people.”

2. Exceptional creativity

Another of the often overlooked signs of genuine intelligence is creativity.

Creativity clearly comes in many forms. It can be your way of solving problems, your interest and passion for art or your talent for renovating a home in a unique and stunning way.

Creativity really has no limits and it’s all about what you apply it to, but being creative is certainly a rare and prized trait.

While creative people may not always be book readers or math whizzes, their ability to make our world more beautiful, vivid and expressive is incredibly valuable, and this is most definitely a trait of genuine intelligence.

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