Why do people call you intelligent?

I always figured it was because I use a lot of big words and help them fix stuff. People seem to like having stuff fixed.

When they learn something new from me then they call me intelligent but when you can't project the information in the way which they understand then they call you fool as the information is not received in the way it was intended to impact on person in front of you.

if a person calls you intelligent

then that person accepted his lack of knowledge and is ready to accept need data in your perspective so he can improve himself by it.

but if a person calls you a fool its the opposite of the above explanation

i hope people who call me fool don't ever come here

Because I have an obvious & recognizable ability to quickly solve problems that exist in their realities. I have come to the conclusion that this is my ultimate purpose. I am particular about who I help. I went through a short phase of trying to help everyone but of course that became extremely draining, especially when it came to the point that even during my “sleep” time I was experimenting w/ astral projection in an effort to help someone on a level the didn't even believe existed. This was truly a good person & I still feel that it was worth the effort. Anyways, I know who I am, why I'm he

Because I have an obvious & recognizable ability to quickly solve problems that exist in their realities. I have come to the conclusion that this is my ultimate purpose. I am particular about who I help. I went through a short phase of trying to help everyone but of course that became extremely draining, especially when it came to the point that even during my “sleep” time I was experimenting w/ astral projection in an effort to help someone on a level the didn't even believe existed. This was truly a good person & I still feel that it was worth the effort. Anyways, I know who I am, why I'm here & what I'm supposed to be doing; & I'm doing it!!! I'm happy 95 to 98% of the time & (excuse my french)I'm healthy as fuck.For those of you who may ask where I get my numbers. The subconscious controls 95 to 98% of your life & it has its own unique way of perceiving things. I absolutely & totally control what it takes in.

I feel tremendously arrogant answering this question... I promise I'm not.

The long and rather personal answer
I was born, through no action of my own, with an extremely high IQ. When tested as a child, all the tester could determine for sure was that it was above 160. I certainly don't look down on anyone for their mental abilities. The only thing I've ever looked down on someone for is their morals (or lack thereof). I'm not even sure that was justified. I have met a few very intelligent people who do have a serious superiority complex and I can't stand them. I do have a general prefe

I feel tremendously arrogant answering this question... I promise I'm not.

The long and rather personal answer
I was born, through no action of my own, with an extremely high IQ. When tested as a child, all the tester could determine for sure was that it was above 160. I certainly don't look down on anyone for their mental abilities. The only thing I've ever looked down on someone for is their morals (or lack thereof). I'm not even sure that was justified. I have met a few very intelligent people who do have a serious superiority complex and I can't stand them. I do have a general preference for the company of people who can hold an interesting conversation and keep up with my train of thought, but who doesn't?

I do think of the average person as very stupid, but I think of myself the same way! I believe that, as a species, though we have done remarkable things, our brains are capable of only very limited thought. We have only recently evolved into creatures with higher thought and the part of the human brain that handles abstract thought, the neocortex is still quite primitive.

I actually feel guilt for being born with this gift. I'm currently in college and see people around me struggling and working long hours to make passing grades while I spend very little time on school and make A's. They are far more deserving of those grades than I am. I was awarded a National Merit Scholarship in high school and that now pays my tuition. This is also something I feel others are far more deserving of than I.

Short Answer
Most don't. Some do, but they shouldn't. Someone who looks down on others for being born with a lower IQ is no better than someone who looks down on others for being born with a different race or gender. It is something you are born with that you did nothing to deserve or cause.

Intelligence is capacity to learn, smarts are the bits of knowledge that an individual has accumulated along the way. Intelligence does not presuppose knowledge; opportunity and motivation can make anybody smart, but lack of either can prevent even the most intelligent person from applying their talents in the accumulation of knowledge.

My best friend, for instance, is very intelligent; he operates at a similar wavelength to me and we can discuss topics as broad and varied as quantum theory, metaphysics, morality, theology, politics, biology, sports, travel, history, philosophy, engineering, an

Intelligence is capacity to learn, smarts are the bits of knowledge that an individual has accumulated along the way. Intelligence does not presuppose knowledge; opportunity and motivation can make anybody smart, but lack of either can prevent even the most intelligent person from applying their talents in the accumulation of knowledge.

My best friend, for instance, is very intelligent; he operates at a similar wavelength to me and we can discuss topics as broad and varied as quantum theory, metaphysics, morality, theology, politics, biology, sports, travel, history, philosophy, engineering, and medicine, yet he is not very smart. He has ADHD but never recieved consistent treatment and disliked the meds. He never applied himself in school and now that he's an adult, he works two jobs to take care of himself. The little free time he has he spend doing things he enjoys, like playing video games and watching movies; he also watches a lot of youtube. Had he the opportunity and motivation, I know he would eventually find a field in which to thrive and have a successful career, because all he lacks is a bit of knowledge and the bonifides to get his opportunities.

I'm very intelligent myself, or so my test scores and psychologist tells me. I have a lot of knowledge, but I wouldn't consider myself very smart. I'm still in school, so that improves every day, but like my friend, I struggle with ADHD and have a penchant for procrastination. Everybody wants a specialist, and I surely want to have specialized knowledge, but I butt heads with advisors every year because too much of one thing bores the living hell out of me. I picked up accelerated latin this semester for the lolz and it is probably my favorite class, simply because it is new and working out my brain in different places.

I have opportunity and motivation, so I never stop absorbing new knowledge, but I also have time and resources to pursue my passions. My friend works 65-80 hours a week, if I had to do that, I'd probably just want to veg out with a beer or a bowl and play video games too.

Intelligent people always know that they are not intelligent, its just something other people think about them. So you can always observe some specific traits and tell if someone is smart or not.

Some people say Intelligent people are born that way. But I disagree. May be they are special but they do work hard and they do have some specific traits.

Intelligence comes from Knowledge and Knowledge comes from practice (learning, working and experience). Intelligent people knowingly or unknowingly follow this logic. Here are some of the traits that smart people carry on. They would follow most or a

Intelligent people always know that they are not intelligent, its just something other people think about them. So you can always observe some specific traits and tell if someone is smart or not.

Some people say Intelligent people are born that way. But I disagree. May be they are special but they do work hard and they do have some specific traits.

Intelligence comes from Knowledge and Knowledge comes from practice (learning, working and experience). Intelligent people knowingly or unknowingly follow this logic. Here are some of the traits that smart people carry on. They would follow most or all of the these traits.

  • Intelligent people ask many questions.
  • Intelligent people read a lot.
  • Intelligent people learn a lot.
  • Intelligent people grasp a lot
  • Intelligent people dig deep, they go in detail.
  • Intelligent people focus on raising their awareness, 360 degree awareness.
  • Intelligent people are interested in variety of things, not just one subject.
  • Intelligent people work hard.
  • Intelligent people experiment. They fail and fail again to achieve success.
  • Intelligent people explore.
  • Intelligent people stay focused.
  • Intelligent people have fun.
  • Intelligent people are mix of artistry and technicality - some are more artistic than technical and vice versa, but they do use both sides of their brain - logical side and artistic side.

If someone does have most of the above traits, you can consider them to be smart enough.

Intelligence has nothing to do with the ability to answer questions or how successful you have been. Just because you know somethings (technical or otherwise) does not qualify you as intelligent.

Your level of "Awareness" defines your level of Intelligence.
Measure the level of Awareness, and you can tell how intelligent someone is.

Assuming - by smart, you mean Intelligence, and not "cleverness".

More aware you are, of yourself, of your surroundings - better off you are than the rest. It changes your perspective, it opens door for your growth and it makes you amazingly smart.

Awareness comes from Knowledge. Knowledge comes from practice (learning, working, experience).

Evolution theory supports this narrative. Humans became more aware thru acquired knowledge thru practice, than the rest of living chain and thus became more intelligent. You can apply the same awareness principal to individuals.

You are only intelligent if you are aware. All living forms have some level of awareness and hence some level of intelligence. There are, of course, different levels of Awareness one can achieve and hence we have different levels of intelligence among all living beings and among all human beings.

Buddha, Mohammad, Christ reached a new level of awareness that gave birth to new religions.

Darwin reached a new level of awareness that gave birth to Theory of Evolution and our better yet understanding of life on earth.

Albert Einstein reached a new level of awareness that gave birth to Theory of Relativity and our better yet understanding of the Universe.
The highest form of intelligence is Awareness.

How much aware are you - about yourself, about surroundings, about everything, about existence? Whoever reaches a new peak of awareness - is worshiped for generations.

Measure their level of Awareness, and you can tell how smart someone is.

There's a really crazy psychology study that answers this question. My half assessed attempts to find this study on Google have failed so I'll paraphrase.

A person is asked to read a paragraph out of the newspaper. Three other people watch. There is some kind of diversion, like they tell the reader he's just calibrating the microphone or something so he's not trying all that hard at any particular thing.

After he leaves the room, the three onlookers are asked to guess his IQ after listening to him read. Before you crawl all over me about how IQ doesn't mean anything, the study didn't worry too m

There's a really crazy psychology study that answers this question. My half assessed attempts to find this study on Google have failed so I'll paraphrase.

A person is asked to read a paragraph out of the newspaper. Three other people watch. There is some kind of diversion, like they tell the reader he's just calibrating the microphone or something so he's not trying all that hard at any particular thing.

After he leaves the room, the three onlookers are asked to guess his IQ after listening to him read. Before you crawl all over me about how IQ doesn't mean anything, the study didn't worry too much about what IQ means, it just wanted to see who had a better guess at what someone's IQ was. The contest was between a stranger guessing your IQ and you guessing it yourself. Who is right?

After the guy reads the paragraph, he has an exit questionnaire where he's asked to guess his own IQ. Later, on another day, he's asked to take an IQ test.

Who got closer with the guess? The onlookers who know diddly squat about this guy beyond seeing him come in, sit down, say hi, and read something. Or does the guy himself get closer in his guess? He knows how much school he's completed, the grades he got, the awards he won, and so much more.

The onlookers got closer to his tested IQ!

We have no idea how we do this, but an outside objective assessment is often pretty freekin' accurate. Knowing too much about some things throws off your guess.

You could speculate all day long about how someone might guess that you are smart. You can fight them and insist that you are dumb because you suck in school, bad grades, yada yada. But they are probably right. You are probably smart, and they can tell just by looking at you.

Why do stupid people overestimate theirs? No, I’m not taking the question lightly. Humans are group animals (not herd animals, there’s a distinct difference) and we want to be the same as our perception of our group in a lot of ways, some good and some bad. One of the ways we try to be like the others around us is to be perceived as having approximately the same level of intelligence (maybe bumped a bit for our ego’s sake) as the group (it’s actually, in my opinion, one of the functions of alcohol, together with lessening inhibitions for shy people). If you remember high school, remember how p

Why do stupid people overestimate theirs? No, I’m not taking the question lightly. Humans are group animals (not herd animals, there’s a distinct difference) and we want to be the same as our perception of our group in a lot of ways, some good and some bad. One of the ways we try to be like the others around us is to be perceived as having approximately the same level of intelligence (maybe bumped a bit for our ego’s sake) as the group (it’s actually, in my opinion, one of the functions of alcohol, together with lessening inhibitions for shy people). If you remember high school, remember how painful it could be to be considered the teacher’s pet or the geek with the high IQ. It lessens as we get older and find our tribes, but it never really leaves us.

Which leads to another reason. Very few people are highly intelligent in all areas. A person who can write - and think - brilliantly in their native language may have grave difficulties learning another, while another person may pick up languages easily. There are many intelligent people who are not considered so by, say, Cal Tech because they have no math skills - math is actually a language after all. So an intelligent person may not think he or she is smart because they’ve inadvertently wandered into a world of math and became completely lost.

There’s also manners. It is a form of good manners in many societies to deprecate one’s own abilities and if done enough, the person doing so can start to believe it themselves.

And another before I have to return to pounding compression algorithms into my brain. No brain works perfectly, and it is entirely possible for a person to have been punished or considered “stupid” for reasons that have do with various glitches in brain function than for the actual ability to understand things. A person internalizes that too. I have always thought I was terrible at math, simply not able, until I took my GREs and found out math was my second highest score (imagine my surprise) and quite close to my verbal score. (For those who care, the GREs when I took them had three categories, verbal skills, math skills, and logic skills - my brain is more intuitive than logical and the logic portion of the exam came in lowest.) I did some thinking about it and talked to some professors at my then school and realized it wasn’t math concepts I was so terrible at, it was arithmetic. I’m dyslexic with numbers, they “move around” in my perception, and unless I memorize numbers as more or less words (like a telephone number), they are fluid beasties and simple arithmetic results in a wrong answer even when I perform the arithmetic procedure correctly.

And let’s not get into the sexist and racist reasons why some groups of people consider OTHER groups of people to be less intelligent. Suffice it to say, such statements which are tragically and infuriatingly still made only show the first group’s essential lack of genuine intelligence. But again, these judgments can be internalized as much as they are fought against.

So if you’re asking for a friend, there quite a few reasons why a person might not consider themselves as intelligent as he or she actually is.

My Dad had a saying, "He's too stupid to even know that he is stupid…" What is it about a person that he could say such stupid things, and act in such a stupid manner and not realize that he may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer? The jails are full of them. What is it like to be the smartest monkey in the room? Not so smart, but to to the stupid monkeys he is still the smartest one. The problem with the monkeys is that they are all still to stupid to even realize they are stupid. To extrapolate from monkeys to man is a tiny stretch of one hair….for man is merely a hairless ape, subject t

My Dad had a saying, "He's too stupid to even know that he is stupid…" What is it about a person that he could say such stupid things, and act in such a stupid manner and not realize that he may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer? The jails are full of them. What is it like to be the smartest monkey in the room? Not so smart, but to to the stupid monkeys he is still the smartest one. The problem with the monkeys is that they are all still to stupid to even realize they are stupid. To extrapolate from monkeys to man is a tiny stretch of one hair….for man is merely a hairless ape, subject to all the same stupidities and poor judgement of a barely conscious monkey.

In the old days, I mean the real old days when Darwinian Evolution still controlled mankind, stupid men were killed off by lions and tigers who caught them doing stupid things. Consequently their genetic lines died off and allowed the "smarter" genetic lines to continue, that is to say the lines that were smart enough not to get eaten. The ability to survive into old age was an automatic indication of success because so few people actually survived into old age. These survivors were considered wise and intelligent for their success and presumably were sought out by younger men to help their tribe to survive the hardships of life. This is wisdom through survival. Slowly over eons evolution selected the smart lines to continue until some smart person discovered fire and then there was a paradigm shift in the natural world that elevated man from merely surviving to conquering everything in the world. The tribe that controlled fire was uniquely benefitted and the tribes without fire struggled and died out.

Today, fire has manifested itself into the intricacies of Silicon Valley where the mysteries of life are being uncovered in nano particles and the men and women who participate in these discoveries are held out as visionaries and geniuses. Our lives are changed by these discoveries through modern technology but how does that compare to the original Old World Wisdom? In the old world the survivors passed on wisdom to their tribe, today almost everybody survives, so everyone thinks they are wise! So who do we look to for wisdom? The Silicon Valley experts are certainly technologically brilliant, but have they experienced the survival paradigm that imparts wisdom like in the old days. No, they are not wise, only technologically proficient. Big difference.

I believe everyone is confusing Intelligence with Wisdom. That guy is really smart! But is he wise? We have IQ tests that measure technological intelligence, and we measure emotional IQ. And we try to be politically correct by saying that everyone is equal, and every race is equal and everybody loves each other when the cold hard anecdotal facts surround us that the world is not equal, life is unfair and hard; and wisdom is extremely difficult to find.

When everybody is a survivor, it stands to reason they must all be smart, because they survived. Accordingly, they all have important things to say because they are intelligent because they survived. But the truth is that they didn't survive as did our ancestors, but were pampered due to our technological proficiency and kept alive when in the old days they would have died off. The result is a corruption of the gene pool, a race to the bottom where wisdom is supplanted by intelligence, and ultimately intelligence will gradually erode back to the level of our forefathers, I mean our really old forefathers.

First to recognize intelligence, one must have a certain amount of intelligence to determine if that smart guy has enough knowledge about that subject. I could convince my Grandfather that I was a computer genius but in overall life knowledge I would quickly be shown to be….well….stupid when compared to him. So I could be smart and stupid all in the same time. There is a really big difference in discussing a topic in a room full of people who have dedicated their lives to learning its secrets, to discussing the same topic in a room of high school students. In the first I am average, in the second I am extraordinary. It completely depends on the circumstance and venue.

Today, it all comes down to probability. College graduates have a higher probability of having more overall intelligence merely by the fact of having to endure the intricacies of college curriculum. Its the denial of instant gratification that shows discipline, a college exposes a person to the variety of life to help make a more rounded person. There are the outliers who don't go to college that everyone likes to point out in an effort to show college is unimportant. But these are special guys who may have been even more successful, or maybe happier, if they had gone to college. It's all about the math, the probability of obtaining wisdom. Many PhD's are very knowledgeable but only know their tiny slice of acedemic endeavor and know virtually nothing about everything else. And yet society holds them up as role models, as someone to emulate, but have virtually no wisdom. Conversely, a beat up old homeless man who has been to jail who knows the difficulties of life may be wise without the benefit of any formal education. In terms of survival on the street, many PhD's would be left for dead in the gutter…..while the homeless man continues to survive. Perhaps a throwback to our really old forefathers……

The unicorn in this discussion is the person who has a wide range of knowledge, and enough life experience to be able to apply that knowledge in such a way to benefit his peer group. That is intelligence, and if he is good enough, that becomes wisdom. A very precious commodity in this world of superficial intelligence and bravado. So ultimately it is up to the onlooker to determine who is truly intelligent and who is fake because it is truly part in parcel to survival and success.

As a normal person this is my opinion and some of my readings but actually i'm not a psychology student or something so if anything was wrong about my answer i'm sorry .

Highly creative people tend to think for themselves, they are not easily influenced or swayed by others, and they can easily think outside the “box”.

Of course to be creative intelligence is important but it's one of too many charactristics for being highly creative .

Creativity is the advanced level of intelligence .

General Characteristics of Creative Individuals:

  1. Genuinely values intellectual and cognitive matters.
  2. Values own ind

As a normal person this is my opinion and some of my readings but actually i'm not a psychology student or something so if anything was wrong about my answer i'm sorry .

Highly creative people tend to think for themselves, they are not easily influenced or swayed by others, and they can easily think outside the “box”.

Of course to be creative intelligence is important but it's one of too many charactristics for being highly creative .

Creativity is the advanced level of intelligence .

General Characteristics of Creative Individuals:

  1. Genuinely values intellectual and cognitive matters.
  2. Values own independence and autonomy.
  3. Is verbally fluent; can express ideas well.
  4. Enjoys aesthetic impressions; is aesthetically reactive.
  5. Is productive; gets things done.
  6. Is concerned with philosophical problems, for example, religion, values, the meaning of life.
  7. Has high aspiration level for self.
  8. Has wide range of interests.
  9. Thinks and associates ideas in unusual ways; has unconventional thought processes; can make unusual connections to unrelated ideas or things.
  10. Is an interesting, arresting person.
  11. Appears straightforward, forthright and candid in dealings with others.
  12. Behaves in an ethically consistent manner; has consistent personal standards

If the majority of people see you as smart, then perhaps it might be true.

What you're experiencing is called the Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why People Remain Incompetent

As Socrates once said:

“The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing.”

But even this can go too far.

It turns out that people with real talent tend to underestimate just how good they are.

The root of this bias is that clever people tend to assume other people find things as easy as they do, when actually this is their talent shining through.

It's like the more you know, the more you don't know. With this, it tends to deplete o

If the majority of people see you as smart, then perhaps it might be true.

What you're experiencing is called the Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why People Remain Incompetent

As Socrates once said:

“The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing.”

But even this can go too far.

It turns out that people with real talent tend to underestimate just how good they are.

The root of this bias is that clever people tend to assume other people find things as easy as they do, when actually this is their talent shining through.

It's like the more you know, the more you don't know. With this, it tends to deplete our confidence, because we are aware of the unknown and uncertainties. We are aware how much we don't know in a certain topic or subject. Thus believing, that we're incompetent in such area.

I always like to say that everyone knows a lot about something but there is far more that we are lacking. You probably have subjects that you have great knowledge of, things that others do not have. For example, I'm a great writer. I love everything about language and I very frequently help those around me with editing and structure, fluffing up the lingo and framing valid arguments on paper, etc. But when it comes to math and sciences, I am incredibly impressed by others who have the ability to navigate those subjects with ease. There are various levels of intellect. I wouldn't doubt yourself

I always like to say that everyone knows a lot about something but there is far more that we are lacking. You probably have subjects that you have great knowledge of, things that others do not have. For example, I'm a great writer. I love everything about language and I very frequently help those around me with editing and structure, fluffing up the lingo and framing valid arguments on paper, etc. But when it comes to math and sciences, I am incredibly impressed by others who have the ability to navigate those subjects with ease. There are various levels of intellect. I wouldn't doubt yourself. Find your strong points and own them.