You can throw a stone in any direction and hit someone who is overconfident and believes they are smarter than they really are. But even more common are people who don’t realize that they are actually smarter than they think.

Do you doubt your own intelligence? Here are 12 indications that you are wrong. The chances are you will recognize at least two of these things in yourself straightaway.

What Are Some Signs Of Intelligence?

1. You Took Music Classes

Numerous studies show that learning to play a musical instrument helps a child’s development. One of these studies claims that just one month of music lessons can help 4-6-year-olds significantly improve their test scores and make it easier for them to study. So you played the violin as a child? Maybe that’s why you’re so good at thinking things through today!

2. You Are The Older Brother Of The Family

One interesting research suggested that older siblings in a family have moderately higher but significant advantages when it comes to IQ compared to their younger brothers and sisters. This is why older people tend to be a little more successful than younger people in a family.

3. You Have A Slim Figure

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In 2006, an unusual investigation was carried out. It revealed an interesting connection: the larger a person’s waist is, the lower their cognitive abilities are. According to other research, 11-year-olds who receive low test scores are more inclined to obesity by the age of 40.

There is a high probability that their cleverer peers study better, strive for educational improvement, and will look after their health more.

4. You Were Breastfed As A Baby

Scientists in Britain and New Zealand studied about 3,000 children and found that those who were breastfed as babies received almost 7 more points on IQ tests than those who were not.

But this only applies to those who had a certain type of gene (that gene is also present in those who have not been breastfed). The exact mechanism that determines the relationship between this gene and breastfeeding is still unknown.

5. You Loved Reading Even As A Child

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Do you have memories of reading going back to your earliest days? Chances are you’re very smart, especially if your love for books started when you were still wearing diapers. During the course of a survey, 2,000 pairs of twins were studied, and children who learned to read earlier scored better on tests later in life. The study authors believe that reading from an early age improves a person’s verbal and nonverbal skills.

6. You Are Left-handed

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There is some data to suggest that there are a lot of lefties among criminals. Experts have not yet explained this phenomenon. On the other hand, more recent research indicates that left-handers are inclined to divergent thinking, a creative way of thinking that is used to solve problems and tasks. Lefties are often more resourceful and know how to get out of difficult situations better. Isn’t that a sign of great intellect?

7. You Often Worry

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More and more studies show that people who care about things can be smarter than those who don’t. This may be the result of the fact that they are always thinking about the possible consequences of their actions and therefore try to make sure that everything goes as well as possible.

8. You Can Be Funny

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It turns out that humor and high intelligence are connected. In a survey, around 400 students took an intelligence test, after which they had to think of fun captions for cartoon scenes. Can you guess whose captions turned out to be funnier?

9. You Are Curious

A professor of business psychology at a London university concluded that curiosity is an important characteristic of intelligent people. Curious people have a more refined way of thinking and are ultimately interested in discovering new things and developing as people.

10. You Strive For Perfection

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Smart people are usually perfectionists. They are never really satisfied with the way things are. If they play a sport, they spend more time practicing to be the best player on the team. And if they are not satisfied with their appearance, they will do their best to look better, whether it’s buying a new wardrobe or stepping up their grooming habits. Their life is a constant work in progress.

11. You’re A Real Night Owl

Sounds funny, but it turns out that people who like to stay awake at night generally have a better intellect than early risers. The ability to work and be creative at night, as is known, was not naturally given to us.

This is why scientists have concluded that smart people fall asleep later because they are struggling to expand the limits of their abilities. If only we could survive on such little sleep!

12. Your Writing Is Messy

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The creative disorder is a concept that was established long ago, and there is even research that claims it serves as a kind of “fuel” for people of a creative nature. Messy writing is also one of the signs of a creative person.

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