8 signs you are exceptionally smart, even if you do not think you are

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Some bad habits, like biting your nails, complaining often (respectfully), or chewing gum, are actually signs that you are smarter than most people.

Of course, there is no single type of intelligence, since social and emotional intelligence are equally important, but highly intelligent individuals seem to share certain traits that differentiate them from others, making them shine.

1. You respectfully complain

Speaking respectfully when you notice something is wrong, whether it is inside or outside your workplace, is a sign of emotional intelligence. While it may seem like you just like to complain, it actually shows that you are aware and attentive to your surroundings. You understand the impact negative things can have on other people, not just you, making you feel like you need to express your dissatisfaction.

2. You talk to yourself

Scientists believe that talking to yourself has enormous benefits. Hearing something has a different impact on your brain than reading it or thinking about it. In particular, this allows you to be more humble, better cope with emotions, and better able to weigh decisions and different perspectives. This is a sign of more developed emotional intelligence.

3. You show self-control.

Being able to resist temptation and waiting is a sign of intelligence, especially in teenagers. Research has shown that people who are smarter than average have greater self-control, especially when it comes to their diet. In fact, self-control has proven to be one of the best ways to lead a healthy life, and the sooner the better.

4. You can be alone

People with high emotional intelligence generally feel comfortable being alone with their thoughts and ideas and do not need to constantly socialize to be happy. Since they are quite busy with their own schedules, they are not afraid of missing something when they are not attending social events. Rather, they only have a few close friends and take advantage of the time they have for themselves.

5. You do not think you are very smart

The Dunning-Kruger effect suggests that people with less developed abilities often overestimate themselves. In contrast, people with higher intelligence do not underestimate or overestimate their abilities. They are more aware of what they do not know and therefore do not see themselves as particularly intelligent.

You have probably noticed this trait in very intelligent people, who never pretend to know everything and are always curious and eager to learn.

6. You bite your nails

A new study has found that nail biting may not just be a sign of anxiety. According to this study, habits like nail biting and scratching at dead skin are actually the result of a certain perfectionism and feelings of dissatisfaction. It seems that people who have extreme perfectionist tendencies may have higher intelligence than those who do not.

7. You chew gum

According to some studies, chewing gum appears to be directly related to better performance on memory tests and exercises. Your memory, attention, and practical and intellectual functioning may increase when you chew gum. However, scientists have had some difficulties and disagreements testing this, as this habit can also negatively affect performance.

8. You only have a few friends

Smarter people are believed to have fewer friends and smaller social circles than others because they are more independent. According to Savannas theory, humans once needed to be in larger groups to hunt and solve their problems. But today we are less dependent, especially very intelligent people, who can solve their problems by themselves.

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