10 surprising personality traits of highly intelligent people
From swearing to staying up late: Here are the 10 surprising personality traits of highly intelligent people.
Experts reveal the signs that might mean you’re more clever than your peers
They include being left-handed, staying up late, worrying and being a cat person. Other examples include being an older sibling, a cat person and swearing. You stay up late, worry about the future and never seem to be organised. While these might not seem like the most positive traits, research has shown each of them is linked to a higher intelligence.
Now experts have revealed to MailOnline the ten surprising traits that might show people are more intelligent than their peers.
1. YOU ARE LEFT-HANDED
If you are left-handed you might need different scissors and struggle with the position of the mouse on most computers.
But, on the other hand, you might also be better at maths.
A study earlier this year found a significant link between people’s handedness and their ability to perform arithmetic tasks, but the correlation changes depending on age and gender.
Psychologists from the University of Liverpool and the University of Milan
conducted a study involving 2,300 students in Italy aged between six and 17 years. They asked them to complete a number of mathematical tasks, including simple arithmetic and problem-solving. ‘This study found there is a moderate, yet significant, correlation between handedness and mathematical skill,’ said Giovanni Sala, who conducted the study.
But the relationship is complicated.
‘We found that the degree of handedness predicted mathematical performance in different ways, according to age, type of task, and gender,’ Sala told MailOnline.
2. YOU ARE MESSY
Managers and office busybodies might be keen on a clean desk – but it seems in terms of productivity, they could have it all wrong.
A messy desk can actually lead people towards clearer thinking, researchers from the University of Groningen said in a 2012 study.
The researchers found in a series of linked studies – using a messy desk and a messy shop front – that people actually thought more clearly when all around was chaos, as they sought to simplify the tasks at hand.
Visual and mental clutter forces human beings to focus and think more clearly.
Famous thinkers and writers such as Albert Einstein and Roald Dahl were notorious for their untidy desks.
‘Messy desks may not be as detrimental as they appear to be, as the problem-solving approaches they seem to cause can boost work efficiency or enhance employees’ creativity in problem solving,’ the authors said.