Did you know you really might be a genius? It's true.
Even if you don't think of yourself as intellectually superior, you could possess many of the characteristics shared by people of high intelligence. It turns out many people who are geniuses have personality traits, habits and behaviors in common.
If any of the seven signs below are a match for you, it is very possible you are actually much smarter than you thought:
1. You are curious about everything.
Do you continually read up on a variety of subjects, follow a variety of blogs and find yourself frequently running to the Internet to look up answers to questions that pop into your head? Do you perform little experiments to see what happens, even if they're as simple as mixing up the ingredients in a recipe?
Geniuses are naturally curious people. They are constantly formulating questions in their minds, and then seeking out the answers.
2. You talk to yourself.
This is true. If you're frequently teased for being caught talking to yourself, don't worry; this can be a sign of genius.
When your mind is constantly going, you often have problems, dialogue and ideas you are working through. The more intense that process is, the more likely you are to speak to yourself or mumble under your breath.
3. You read constantly.
Many people enjoy reading. Geniuses are nearly obsessed with it.
Some extraordinarily intelligent people focus on a single genre, such as science fiction or manga. Others consume reading materials from a wide variety of areas, including both fiction and nonfiction.
No matter what your reading preferences are, if your bookshelves are full and you are constantly acquiring new things to read, you tilt heavily into the genius category.
4. You enjoy challenging your own intellect.
Do you enjoy playing logic, word and trivia games to train and test your brain? If so, you have at least one thing in common with a lot of very intelligent people.
Many geniuses work on sudoku puzzles and do crossword puzzles as impulsively and habitually as other people check their Facebook pages.
5. You are forgetful.
There is something to the idea of the absent-minded professor. Extremely bright individuals often overload their minds with a lot of complicated and intense things.
They become preoccupied with their projects and ideas. As a result of this, a lot of simple, common-sense things go out the window.
This is why smart people often enter a room and forget why they're there. It's also why smart people frequently lose things and forget appointments.
6. You have a checkered past.
We've all read about the tortured geniuses who use drugs or alcohol to cope. This isn't just a plot device used in dramatic fiction, either.
It doesn't take long to create a long mental list of writers, musicians, artists, scientists and other creative geniuses who have succumbed to or struggled with addiction. Some use alcohol or drugs to cope with the difficulties of fitting in. Others use alcohol or drugs because of their desire to have new experiences.
Obviously, this is a completely unhealthy thing. But if you did some past experimentation, know that it's not an unusual thing for geniuses.
7. You worry and overthink things.
You would think geniuses would be full of confidence. After all, they're geniuses.
The truth is, geniuses are often full of doubt. They know there are no black and white answers, and that truth and knowledge continually evolves and grows. Unfortunately, this can also lead to feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence.
After reading this, you may be thinking that you've tested your IQ and are decidedly not a genius. Think again.
First of all, if you've taken one of those free online IQ tests, throw those results out the window. They are absolutely useless.
Even if your IQ has been measured professionally, those results don't take into consideration multiple bits of intelligence or possible difficulties with test taking that could skew your results.
If nothing else, you can benefit from treating yourself like a genius. Engage your creativity, curiosity and desire to learn new things.