Ever wondered if you’re intelligent?

It’s a question we’ve all pondered at some point. But as it turns out, people who are highly intelligent tend to have similar habits and traits.

If any of the below 7 signs relate to you, you could secretly be highly intelligent.

1) You are curious about everything

Are you always interested in how things work? Do you find yourself reading just for the sake of it, even if it doesn’t directly benefit your life?

If you answered yes to the above two questions, then you’re probably a very curious person.

Highly intelligent people are also highly curious people. They have a passion for learning and consuming new information.

Even Albert Einstein said it himself:

2) You talk to yourself

Despite what you’re led to believe, people who talk to themselves aren’t insane.

In fact, they’re probably smarter than the average person. Why? Because they’re constantly forming new ideas, problem solving and developing connections in their brain.

While nobody wants to engage in too much over-thinking, you don’t have to worry if you are.

The truth is, if you’re the kind of person who regularly talks to yourself, you’re more than likely a highly intelligent person.

3) You read constantly

Do you enjoy reading? Intelligent people are obsessed with it.

They love consuming new information and learning about how things work. It’s what gets their juices flowing.

The polymath type of geniuses tend to consume any topics they can get their hands on. This is what Elon Musk is known for.

The singularly focused genuis sticks to their topic of expertise.

What one are you?

4) You enjoy challenging yourself

The brain is a highly intelligent person’s best asset, so they love challenging themselves with crosswords, puzzles and problems to solve.

When they solve it, it gives them the type of thrill that’s addictive. They love challenging their own intellect and bettering their mind.

5) You are forgetful

Sound strange? Let me explain.

You’ve probably heard of the ‘absent -minded professor’. This basically means that because highly intelligent individuals overload their mind with in depth thinking and information, they forget to do the most basic things.

This is why smart people enter a room and forget why they’re there.

So, the next time you forget where your keys are or where you put the remote, remember that it’s just because you’re highly intelligent mind is getting in your way.

6) You have a checkered past

You’ve probably heard of countless creative geniuses who became addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Maybe it was their desire fit in, or an effort to deal with anxiety and a complicated mind, but the truth is, this is a common trait that many highly intelligent people have unfortunately had to deal with.

While it’s something you don’t want to replicate, just remember that if you’ve ever experimented with drugs and alcohol before, it’s not an unusual thing for highly intelligent people to do.

7) You worry and overthink

Surely highly intelligent people would never doubt themselves, right?

Wrong!

Highly intelligent people know that life is far too complicated to be black and white. The desire for truth and knowledge is a slippery slope with lots of different angles and perspectives to consider.

This can cause a genius to doubt themselves and question whether they’re looking at the problem in the right way. After all, they can see countless ways to approach it.

Unfortunately this constant thinking can lead to anxiety and a lack of self-confidence.

After reading this, if you still believe that you’re not a highly intelligent person, you might want to think again.

Throw away all of those IQ tests you’ve ever done and consider this:

Intelligence is much more than IQ. In fact, according to psychology, there are 7 different factors to true intelligence.

We’re all good at something. So treat yourself like a genius and nurture your creativity. It’s the only way to fulfill your incredible potential.