IQ

Jascinta - posted on 02/20/2011 ( 62 moms have responded )

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whats your IQ?

http://www.iqtestclub.com/

ok this is kinda just for fun but i also wanted to know peoples opinions on whether they think a high IQ is important or whether it means anything at all to them?

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Ez - posted on 02/21/2011

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Oh as for social skills, I have never had a problem with that. But that may be because I was surrounded by other smart kids. I can't say I would have had the same experience if I went to a mainstream school. I think it may have frustrated me, and that would have affected my ability to maintain friendships.

JuLeah - posted on 02/20/2011

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It is a number that we used to label .... in general a high IQ means you can problem solve, adapt in new situations, apply known skills to new problems, generalize .....

In general, folks with an IQ bout 105-115 do very well in society ... much higher then 125 and you start to have social problems, struggle to fit in ....

Some suggest that higher your IQ the lower you EQ and that EQ is far more important... I agree

In general, folks with a lower IQ tend to struggle in new situation, struggle to remember, struggle to make choices, struggle to apply known skills to new problems .....

Jenn - posted on 02/22/2011

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Tara - I tend to dominate conversations as well, and will sometimes try to talk over people to get my point across. I'm sure I'm annoying that way LOL!



Jascinta - I'm 34.



I also have some of the things you guys have mentioned, like not being able to turn my brain off, and I often have several thoughts overlapping. Or when I'm watching TV I repeat what they say in my head, and sometimes will also have other thoughts going on. I retain information like a sponge (I like to call myself the Cliff Claven of useless knowledge), however I can be quite scatterbrained and forgetful at the same time.



Stephanie - I always thought that the sky was blue, due to the way the light reflects off of molecules. Same with the ocean - it's the light refraction. So that wouldn't actually be a similar comparison to the old chicken/egg quandry.

Charlie - posted on 02/21/2011

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The chicken came first according to British scientists :

It is an age-old riddle that has perplexed generations: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Now British scientists claim to have finally come up with the definitive answer: The chicken.

The scientific and philosophical mystery was purportedly unraveled by researchers at Sheffield and Warwick universities, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

The scientists found that a protein found only in a chicken's ovaries is necessary for the formation of the egg, according to the paper Wednesday. The egg can therefore only exist if it has been created inside a chicken.

The protein speeds up the development of the hard shell, which is essential in protecting the delicate yolk and fluids while the chick grows inside the egg, the report said.

"It had long been suspected that the egg came first but now we have the scientific proof that shows that in fact the chicken came first," said Dr. Colin Freeman, from Sheffield University's Department of Engineering Materials, according to the Mail.

"The protein had been identified before and it was linked to egg formation, but by examining it closely we have been able to see how it controls the process," he said.

Jenn - posted on 02/21/2011

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My IQ tests at above average and I have always done very well at math. I can see there being a connection to a high IQ and mental illness though - I often times think myself a bit nutty. But as far as social skills go, I'm certainly not lacking in that department either.

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@stephanie, i do that with my 3 sisters, but not with my brothers. When all 4 of us are around each other, its enough to drive someone crazy.

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I think you have to have a strong spiritual connection with a person to be able to do that. I feel like calling her my bff is down grading her bc she's family, she's like my sister but even that isn't giving her a high enough standard, more like my other half. I think it's rare that you find someone like that in this life.



We always say it's too bad we aren't gay, we'd marry each other lol! ; )

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My bff and I constantly talk over each other, both of us getting progressively louder, and actually often carry on 2 totally different conversations with each other at the same time. Meaning that she's talking about something and I'm responding but at the same time Im talking about a different topic and she's intermittently responding. We only do this which each other though and have no idea why. It's like we have so much to say that it's coming out in every direction. We understand what's going on and what we're talking about but to a stander by we look kind of schizophrenic I think. ; )

Charlie - posted on 02/22/2011

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27 in July .

Jenn said : I tend to dominate conversations as well, and will sometimes try to talk over people to get my point across. I'm sure I'm annoying that way LOL!

Me too but so do all of my friends , we sound like a bunch of old chooks LOL it gets overwhelming for our guy friends !

Jascinta - posted on 02/22/2011

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how were dinosaurs created? was the dinosaur before the egg in that case? how was earth created? how does the universe exist at all? and what the hell are we all doing here???? lol don't get me started....

Tara - posted on 02/22/2011

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I'm 37.
And I'm glad science has finally proven that indeed the chicken came first, now if only I could collect on all those bets I made... Damn I knew I was right!!!!

Jocelyn - posted on 02/21/2011

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I've done a few IQ test (and tomorrow I'm going to do the one the OP posted--if I have time lol) and I always scored ridiculously high.
I agree with mental illness going hand in hand with genius (and for that matter, mental illness with creativity).
I don't put a whole lot of stock in IQ levels. There are both pros and cons to having a high IQ. But it's not the be all or end all. It's equally important to have "street smarts"!

Jascinta - posted on 02/21/2011

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@Stephanie- i figured. but none the less I still want answers!!!! lol

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@Jascinta- I asked bc you were asking if high IQ causes mental illness or if mental illness results in high IQ lol. It's a brain spin! Why is the sky blue? Bc it reflects the ocean. Why is the ocean blue? Bc it reflects the sky. It's a crazy world we live in. ; )

Jascinta - posted on 02/21/2011

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lol sorry it was a random question- i was just curious as to whether this topic was more interesting to a certain age group or just personality.... i'll be 22 in april :) lol

Jascinta - posted on 02/21/2011

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thanks for that Loureen.... can you tell me how the chicken was made now? lol

Jascinta - posted on 02/21/2011

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stephanie- i wish i knew!!!! lol i strive to know the answers to everything... it drives me insane.

Medic - posted on 02/21/2011

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I have always tested 98th percentile for IQ....now granted I am bipolar with the manic depressive twist, I am VERY oppositional defiant. That being said I can easily fit in but I always hide that I am smart. Generally I don't like most people but I am perfectly happy that way. I was perfectly happy with my sports and my books as a kid. Now that I am an adult everything presents very differently. I easily get irritated with people when they don't understand what I think they should. I have never had an issue understanding social cues I just tend to not care and find most of it silly. My son is showing signs of being like me and my husband....we will see where our daughter falls into the mix.

Tara - posted on 02/21/2011

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I was going to say that too Loureen either Aspergers or an Auditory Processing Disorder.
lol
Not saying that's you Julianne, just that people with Aspergers display similar symptoms as you described.

Charlie - posted on 02/21/2011

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Julianne what you are describing is the same as Aspergers syndrome and the Auditory sensitivity they experience , not saying you are but I have had children with Aspergers in my class who experience what you describe .

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I have the exact opposite problem Tara, when I'm in a crowded place my head starts spinning because my brain absorbs everything going on around me. I can't pick and choose what I pay attention to. I focus on everything. If several people are talking within my earshot at the same time, I take in all of it. So I stay away from those situations. My strong points are the sciences and maths, my dyslexia makes it so my grammar and spelling are lacking. I also remember more than the average person, I have plenty of memories from under a year old. Pretty much anything I hear stays with me, i can repeat exact conversations word for word from several years ago. I can look at a room and tell you pretty much everything that is in it with some exceptions. Its not a "gift". It causes a lot of issues, some things you need to forget to protect your mind, you need to be able to shut things out so you don't get overloaded. Its very frustrating. I was an outcast until i realized i come off as a know it all. I still have issues with coming across like that. I don't try to be, i just retain information extremely well.

Jodi - posted on 02/21/2011

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Tara, I know exactly what you mean! Thankfully, I my best friend is just like me (and you!), high IQ's which make it hard to "fit in" with the average social circle. Until I had kids, we would spend two Tuesday's a month drinking coffee at a local cafe until all hours of the morning discussing politics, books we've read, philosophies etc etc etc. Now that I've got kids, we drink coffee at my house and have the same discussions! It's such a relief to talk about those things! (Also why I LOVE this community!)

Tara - posted on 02/21/2011

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Einstein had add, many people of higher intelligence suffer from sensory overload very easily. Because it isn't as easy to turn off parts of our thinking while allowing other parts to have more focus, our brains try to do everything all at once, paying close attention to each detail rather than try to focus on one thing and give that our full attention.
That's my case anyhow.
I hate being in overly crowded places because I can't pay attention to everything going on around me all at the same time. It's processor overload. lol

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2011

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I had an IQ test done when i was 16ish years old, administered by my psychiatrist and 2 of his colleagues. i don't remember the exact number as it wasn't important to me at the time but i do remember being told that i was in the 90th percentile compared to my peers.

i have a very hard time in social situations and i tend to be a bit of a recluse because of it. i just get overwhelmed and anxious when around groups of people, even family. my brain goes a mile a minute as it is so even a small amount of "chaos" in the world around me and i freak out a little bit...and by chaos i mean that on some days, i can't even have the TV on because its too much :-/

Tara - posted on 02/21/2011

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I have an iq of 142 and I am average in the maths, but with time I can grasp and understand the concepts I just have trouble retaining that information.
My social life in school was frustrating because I was an intellectual through and through, and it didn't help any that I am a grammar and spelling and speech nazi. So it was really hard for me to be in a group of "average" thinkers who could not articulate a point if their life depended on it.
My major challenge was and sometimes still is dominating a conversation. Or knowing "too much" so that I end up looking like a know it all, (which isn't hard to do when you are above average intelligence surrounded by average or below average people.)
So many learning concepts come easily to me, and I retain a lot of information without difficulty but it's not like that kind of knowledge hindered my social development, I just had to find like minded people to hang with.
And even now as a mom I find I have to "dumb down" my intellect to fit in with the moms at playgroup etc. and when I do find someone with something interesting to say, I latch on like they are a lifeboat in a sea of monotony. One can only discuss diapers, rashes, husbands and sales so often before one starts to crave discussions about politics, or science, or policies or .... or.... or....
I need that stimulation or my brain gets itchy.
lol

Joanna - posted on 02/21/2011

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Man, I'm jeaulous of everyone... I'm on the low end for both IQ and EQ! No either or for me!

Ez - posted on 02/21/2011

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The last IQ test I did gave me a 137. This one gave me a 138. I went to an academically selective school for gifted and talented kids, so it makes sense that my result is still well above average. If it wasn't, I'd be blaming all the partying I did in my early 20s :-p

I don't place any significance on it though. It's not like you can put it on your resume or use it as a pick up line. It's really only useful for curiosity's sake.

Jascinta - posted on 02/20/2011

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ahh, like we were discussing earlier. yeah i'm noticing a pattern in that. its all very interesting.

Meghan - posted on 02/20/2011

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mmm maybe, I think what I really wanted to say is that street smarts and common sense are as important. I know a lot of people with really high IQ's who can't carry on conversations and don't seem all that personable.

Jascinta - posted on 02/20/2011

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i'll second that.... but in that case do you feel that high IQ and common sense don't intertwine?

Meghan - posted on 02/20/2011

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A high IQ is great, but I would LOVE it if people had a higher level of common sense.

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I always thought I sucked at math...but I'm actually pretty average. I think the way math is taught makes a huge difference in how well you do in it. In high school, we memorized equations. I never understood WHY the equations worked...until I took my teacher education math courses in college. I was taught how to effectively teach math, which helped me understand how math works. I remember looking at trig equations in college and light bulbs going off. (Don't ask me to explain it now though!) So, I'm not a "natural" at it, but I have the ability to understand if it is explained properly. Does that make any sense?

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I am horrible at math (and I got a low C in Logic back in college), but I have an average IQ. My husband and son, on the other hand, both excel tremendously in maths, and both have high IQ's.

I do excel in Literature and understanding emotional reactions. I am also very good at predicting how people will respond to certain events/stimuli which has made me a brilliant marketer (if I do say so myself! lol). I could not have run the financial part of my business without help, but because of my marketing and understanding of "human reactions" I was able to launch a very successful business. I was also able to develop a very effective workflow that allows creative people to work efficiently, which is quite a task, as they are motivated and work in completely different ways than the more logical thinkers I employed in my accounting and tech departments....I didnt' really have to do anything workflow wise for accounting and tech, they pretty much just run themselves, but the creative departments got side tracked like nothing you've ever seen, and could get totally stumped when trying to prioritize tasks. It's not that they weren't smart, but they were strong in more creative areas, whereas the accounting and tech people (who I admit I don't understand well, but love none the less) excel in more obvious ways, yet could never market well.

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advanced math is easy for me, i have issues with basic math though...my brain works backward..

Johnny - posted on 02/20/2011

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I'm also terrible at maths, but I didn't find this all that challenging in that department.

Johnny - posted on 02/20/2011

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I've never taken an IQ test before. I don't actually believe that they are particularly good tests of intelligence. Out of curiosity, I finally did this one, and I was surprised by how well I did. But, at the same time, it really reinforced my impression that IQ tests are a poor judge of intelligence. A great deal of that test was knowledge/information based. Knowledge is cultural. Some of it did test problem solving ability, but much of the word play tests whether or not you happen to know certain information. That is really no test of intelligence at all.

Iridescent - posted on 02/20/2011

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I have a higher IQ, and math is where I excel. The same is true of my children, despite struggling verbally.

Jascinta - posted on 02/20/2011

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so to the people with a higher IQ- do you feel that you are worse at maths? and to everyone - are you good at maths or not so good?

Bonnie - posted on 02/20/2011

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I don't feel that a high IQ is necessarily important or that it completely proves how smart a person truly is.

A lot of the questions within these kind of tests are usually based on what you see and just because you see things differently doesn't mean you are not as smart as the next person IMO. Also, with these tests, they always remind you to move at a steady pace and try to complete it asap. Just because someone takes longer (maybe because they have to re-read the question), it doesn't mean they don't have the correct answer, but it lowers the score. To me, this doesn't grade true intelligence.

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My IQ would probably be on the low side because i suck at maths ( i am slightly dyslexic) and have to read some things a few times before it makes full sense to me.

I don't think i am stupid in anyway i just dont apply myself all the time.

I'm not that great at anything verbal but if i stop and think i am pretty good at anything written. I understand english but maths confuses me.

I don't know anyone with a High IQ but most of my friends did very well at school and i still talk to them and surround myself with people equally as intelligent.

My husbands Family are so far from intelligent it's hard to hold a conversation. They drive me up the wall because they don't know how to have an intelligent conversation or communicate to each other.

I have noticed as i am getting older i am moving further away from people who can't hold a conversation or spell, i'm not the best at spelling and grammar so if someone is worse than me i find it ahrd to read what they are writing) and closer to smarter people who will make me think.

Jascinta - posted on 02/20/2011

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so could 'mental disorders' create a higher IQ.? or could a higher IQ create 'mental disorders'? i hope that made sense? lol

Jodi - posted on 02/20/2011

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I have Ausperger's Syndrome, often times accompanied by a high IQ (which is my case) but is also technically a form of autism. I am extremely high functioning, you would never guess it about me, until I point it out to you (and you've known me for a while!). Body language goes right over my head, facial expressions too. More often than not, I don't get when people are being sarcastic, joking...or insulting. I can be very socially awkward, say inappropriate things when I'm stressed out, don't make friends very easily and really dislike eye contact. My OCD goes hand in hand with AS, as does anxiety and depression and even ADD. Ausperger's is kind of a catch-all for all of these disorders combined!

My point is that yes, oftentimes a high IQ goes hand in hand with mental illnesses, and many very high functioning people with Ausperger's don't even know it unless they go in for testing, usually because one or more symptoms have gotten out of hand. IQ is not important to me, I'd much rather be less smart and have an easier time socially. Some of the least intelligent people I know are the happiest because they have friends and go out and have fun!

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My son has a very high IQ and a very low EQ--I forget the numerical values they assigned and the test name, but he was in the 98th% for IQ and the 24th% for EQ--big difference! We had the testing done during his evaluations for insomnia.

He is a very bright boy, and I am proud of that, but he struggles A LOT emotionally--not just in social situations, but with any emotions. Even "happiness" can confuse and disorient him. We are working with him in therapy.

My husband has a very high IQ and is a member of MENSA. I don't know his EQ, but he is very shy until someone starts talking science, logic, numbers, or computers (he is an industrial software developer). A lot of friends have called me after dining with us to ask if they offended him. It's not that he is angry or snub, he is just tense and comes off that way if he's not careful.....but trying to be careful often backfires and makes him even more tense.

Me, I've never had my IQ tested, other than those online tests and I usually fair pretty average. I barely graduated high school (1.9 GPA) but I got a perfect score on the SAT's....so I average the two and say I'm pretty average.

I don't know that I find the actual numeric value of someone's IQ very important, but I do think that intelligence is important. We tend to socialize with people with similar intelligence to our own (we tune out people who are "too smart" because the conversation is too difficult to follow, and are bored by people who are "too dumb" because the conversation seems mundaine), but I don't know if that is true for EQ--it would seem that people with lower EQ would have to gravitate towards people with higher EQ because if you put a bunch of people with low EQ together, they would not get very far friendshipwise because they would not know how to interact and express themselves properly. Likewise, people with higher EQ would be more accepting to the oddballs, and thus more willing to "guide" the relationships....if that makes sense.

Tara - posted on 02/20/2011

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Oh just to add, I did not and have not taken any online iq tests, I had a professional iq test done several years ago.
However I agree with Sara Hopkins, there are several types of intelligence and several styles of learning.
I can store a wealth of information, I am articulate and possess excellent communication skills both written and verbal, I can problem solve and I am good with my hands, but I am fairly average when it comes to mathematics and that kind of linear thinking opposed to lateral thinking.

Iridescent - posted on 02/20/2011

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I have a lot of the same problems as Julianne. My IQ was tested several times through elementary and high school, and was consistently >140. Yet I wasn't able to make friends, understand jokes, communicate, so it didn't do me much good. I graduated valedictorian of my class, but don't remember more than 2 people out of the class. I rely heavily on my husband to do things or explain things that I simply cannot do or understand.

My kids have each had testing done as well, because of health problems more than anything. We needed to have an idea of how much brain damage we were dealing with. While some test in the MR range on the IQ scale (60's), our oldest is actually improving from checkpoint to checkpoint and while he's still unable to understand verbally, mechanically he's doing so great he's now in the average range overall. This was more than we were ever given reason to hope for, and shows that the therapy and skills we work on with him are doing good. It also gives us hope for our younger kids' improvement.

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